Badger Sports Brings Out Best of Miami

The City of Miami Beach played host to the Badger Sports Elite tournament tryout for the area. Eighty or so of Miami and South Florida's finest showed up to earn a spot on the South Florida Express team that will represent Miami in the badger Sports Elite tournament this spring. Here is a rundown of some of the best that were at the event.

The quarterback position was loaded with several players that will likely be division one prospects down the road, but three guys clearly stood out. Plantation's Imonni Carswell, Chaminade Madonna's Jerrard Randall, and Miami Northwestern's Teddy Bridgewater headlined the quarterback position. There were a few more that were nice prospects as well, but these three really stood out.

Carswell displayed a nice touch on the ball and his throws were easily catchable. His throws seem to ease into the hands of the receivers and he has a really nice touch on the deep throws. He may lack a little bit of the speed of the ball to get it outside in a hurry, but he can usually put it on the money.

Randall, is the strong armed gunner that can make every throw in the book. He lasers everything including the deep outs. He may lack a little touch on the deep ball and the short pass, but he can get it anywhere quickly. He was blistering guys hands on Sunday. To top it off, he is a big time athlete that can make huge plays with his feet and is extremely fast running somewhere in the 4.4 range. He lacks ideal height at maybe 6-1, but is a big time player.

Bridgewater was the biggest name in Miami on the weekend. At 6-4 or so, he is a big presence. He will gain a lot more weight if he sticks with quarterback, but did work out at receiver and looked very good at that position as well. Bridgewater can make a lot of throws as well, and has the ideal size to be a major college quarterback. He also has great feet which will allow him to play receiver in college if that is what he chooses, but I think he is a very good quarterback.

The star among receivers was probably Eli Rogers of Miami Northwestern. He isn't huge, standing at about 5-10, but he is ultra quick and was tough for anyone to cover on the field Sunday. I love his confidence and he just knows how to make plays.

Ernest Freeman of Miami Carol City was the only running back that stood out. He was fast and elusive with good, not great size.

At receiver, a trio of 2011 prospects stood out at the tryout. Antonio Harris of South Broward, A.J. Sebastiano of North Broward Prep, and Jabari Gorman of Monsignor Pace made a ton of plays on the day. Sebastiano seemed to be the surprise of the work out from all the receivers.

Williams Dukes of Ft. Lauderdale Dillard was a receiver with size and pretty good speed. He is in the 6-2 range and really had quick feet and acceleration with long strides when he gets going.

Two underclassmen receivers were Avery Johnson of Pompano Beach Ely (2012) and Jamal Carter of Miami Southridge (2013). Johnson is in the 6-2 to 6-3 range and may have been the best receiver in the place. He is the younger brother of Patrick Johnson/ Peterson. Jamal Carter is already 6-1 as a ninth grader heading into the 10th grade. He plays cornerback at Southridge and had four picks as a freshman. He has exceptional physical ability, but you have to believe he will be about 6-4 by the time he is a senior, probably taking him away from the cornerback position.

One linebacker really stood out on the day, Ryan Shazier of Plantation. Shazier has good size, standing about 6-2 and 200 pounds or so. He has excellent quickness and is physical. He looks to have a frame that can put on some weight as well and actually plays defensive end for Plantation.

Andrew Johnson of Miami Southridge was one of the more vocal defensive backs on the field. He loved the challenges that everyone brought to him all day. I only saw him get beat on one play and that was a great throw from Randall to a high flying Bridgewater. Bridgewater had to go really high to catch the rope and it was absolutely a great play made by everyone involved.

Jonathan Aiken of Hollywood Chaminade was another safety/corner I liked. Another confident player, Aiken plays mostly safety at Chaminade but has some cover ability.

Safety Wayne Lyons of Ft. Lauderdale Dillard is another aggressive player and was tough all day. He has excellent speed and athleticism and is well put together. He is a real head hunter.

Jermaine Reve of Miami Northwestern is a rangy corner that likes tight man coverage and also displays a great deal of confidence. Reve is right at about 5-11 to 6-0 tall and looks to have the skills to stay at the corner position, despite his height.

Nick North of Miami MacArthur North is a big time looking safety prospect that had a good day. North is a headhunter that has a nose for the ball.

One big time underclassman that showed up well and will likely make the traveling squad for the Miami team is Tracy Howard of Miramar (2012). Howard is a nice sized cornerback already and just finished his sophomore year. He is athletic and can run.

Overall the offensive talent wasn't as good as a year ago at this particular Badger Sports tryout, except at the quarterback position. However, defensively there may not have been a Lemarcus Joyner, but the sheer numbers of physically talented defensive backs was more impressive.

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