By Jerry Williamson
The MXYFL (Miami Xtreme Youth Football League) Jamboree held at Ted Hendricks Stadium this past Saturday,featured a bundle of talented student-athletes, as well as quality coaching across the board. QB Carson Haggard (Suniland), ATH Michael Caldwell (Miami Pal), DE Shemar Stewart(North Miami Beach)and RB Shemar Irvin (Kendall Boys & Girls Club) are just a few who stole the show this past Saturday. Here's a group of guys that separated themselves from others.
Suniland Sundevils 13U pocket-passer Carson Haggard and Kendall Hammocks Warriors 12U QB A.J. Arellano were the most consistent signal-callers among over twenty action packed controlled scrimmages on the day.Haggard (who recently completed three days of 1-on-1 training from quarterback coach guru Tony Ballard) did an excellent job, spreading the wealth on offense. The Sundevils back-to-back signal-caller, passed for over 100-yards, and threw 3-touchdown passes to perhaps the top wide receiver unit in Miami-Dade County: Jalen "Speedy" Rogers, Bobby Bussey-Golden and Antonio Smith.
I anxiously watched, to see how QB AJ
Arellano would respond, after Miami Pal two go a head touchdowns. This resulted in the Warriors to move out of their comfort zone -- which is smash-mouth football. Arellano proved he can let it fly, as he sparked the offense. He fueled two scoring drives, and displayed excellent leadership.
Miami Pal 12U unheralded RB Jaquan Betts and Kendall Boys & Girls Club 11U RB Shemar Irvin (the younger brother of US Army All-American and East Carolina DB Timothy Irvin) both possessed home-run speed and a disciplined down-hill running style. Betts break-a-way speed and balance, gave the defending champs a run for their money. Betts scored the opening drive, as he dashed 40-yards erupting the crowd. I would say, he finished over 100-yards rushing. Irvin, despite sporting a well-recognized last name in football, is going to make his own name this upcoming season -- from what I witnessed. His athleticism is something you can't teach. Irvin contributed two touchdowns on the ground and moved the chains often. He has a bright future.
South Miami RB/DE Malachi Keels, has a sturdy and muscular physique, for a sixth-grader. He's a ball player no question about it. He dominated at running back and at defensive end. Keels sporting jersey #1 and the colors blue and white, reminded me of the late and future Hall of Famer, Sean Taylor at Gulliver Prep. Kendall Boys & Girls Club 13U RB Jake Cooper didn't touch the ball more than one carry, before suffering an injury that would sideline him for the remainder of the scrimmage. But, just like a college football coach can watch two-to-three plays from a high school hudl account, and know right away if the kid can play, that's exactly how I felt about Jake Cooper. He'll more than likely be the league's top running back at the 13U division.
Suniland Sundevils Antonio Smith, Jalen "Speedy" Rogers and Bobby Bussey-Golden explained the type of day, Carson Haggard had this past weekend in Hialeah, Florida. The trio all scored touchdowns and made the difficult grabs as well. South Miami 12U WR/DE (#11) hauled in several touchdowns and was a match-up nightmare.
KBG battled-tested interior lineman Brandon Brana -- who started in three all-star games the past season, helped two first-year running backs turn in a great day on the ground. Suniland Sundevils 13U OT Kareem Wilson (class of 2024) did an excellent job of protecting his QB Carson Haggard versus North Miami Beach.
Wilson may not play the money position, which is left tackle. But, the havoc DE Shemar Stewart caused -- Carson was able to make his reads, as Wilson didn't allow his defender to disrupt the play. It was a geat showing for a seventh-grader competing against older kids.
Offensive guard Daylen Russell of KBG 11U, is a road grader that wowed me. I couldn't remember him getting beat the entire game. Once his hands are locked on you, he's taking you backwards. KBG 11U offensive line, was voted as the best unit consisting of Ellison Mirutil, Daylen Russell, Gabriel Suastegui, Benjamin Blackburn and Lucas brana.
North Miami Beach 13U DE Shemar Stewart, who stands a "legit" 6-foot-3, 195-pounds made a name for himself this past weekend. As he caused non-stop havoc against the highly favor Suniland Sundevils. Stewart demanded double-teamed blocks at times and gained the respect of spectators as well. He has a chance to really make some noise this season.
Kendall Boys and Girls Club 13U DE/TE Luis Consuegra (first-year playing organized football) made a notable debut. He sacked the quarterback, delivered big-hits and caught passes in traffic. South Miami 11U DT Tavares Capers stuffed the opposing team run game, as his massive frame made it a challenge to move him.
The Sundevils 13U massive DT P.J. Hill, who reminds you of NFL retired nose guard Jerry Ball, is your ideal one gap technique that controls the line of scrimmage. He played vital role why I chose the Sundevils as the No. 1 run defense among all the games I covered. North Miami Beach DT Armari Harvey made a number of big plays as well.
Kendall Hammocks Warriors 12U LB/RB Zavier Williams tops the list at linebacker. The blue collar athlete was responsible for at least 10 solo tackles of note, against Miami Pal dangerous offensive attack. His play recognition and the ability to shed blocks was impressive. Williams always appeared around the ball.
Suniland Sundevils 13U LB Sebastian Borges, who participated in the Generation Nexxt Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Star Game, read and filled gaps quickly. His game should blossom with the addition of linebacker coach Lamont Green. Green, was the nation's top linebacker out of Miami Southridge, who later signed to FSU and played professionally.
Miami Pal 12U unheralded DB/QB Michael Caldwell just flat out appeared more advance than his peers. His closing speed at free safety, where he read the quarterback eyes and delivered a big hit coming from centered field, instantly made me a believer. You just can't coach that. He pulled up on multiple big-hits and took a broken play the distance at quarterback. He and Shemar Stewart, were named my Rising Stars. Caldwell can play in any league. I co-sign this young talent.
After the spectacular play of Antonio Smith at cornerback and wide receiver. North Miami Beach, targeted the sundevils little-known and seventh-grade CB Antonio Robinson several times. Robinson didn't allow a reception and just misjudged a pick six. Keep an eye on this kid.
Modello Timberwolves 13U earns the scrappy award. The team fielded approximately twelve players and played until the whistle versus Kendall Hammocks Warriors Warriors.
The Best of the Rest:
RB - Luis Perez (KBG)
DB/RB - Omar Winkfield (KBG)
DE/LB - Denzel Varona (KHW)