By Jerry Williamson
Nexxt Man Up segment -- will featured "the best and brightest" soon-to-be eighth-graders (Class of 2022) throughout the Miami Metropolitan area. Each week, a student-athlete from both Miami-Dade and Broward County -- will be spotlighted.
Shenandoah Middle School seventh-grade wide receiver/athlete De'Carlo Donaldson of the Miramar Wolverines 12U football team -- has the physical measurable, athleticism and physicality, to surface nationally. This past fall, the first-year wide receiver took AYFL by storm, capturing the league's championship and using his physical presence at 5-foot-10, 157-pounds to accounted for 25 receiving touchdowns and over 50 receptions as well as 3 ints, 5 sacks, 2 force fumbles and 1 kickoff return (TD) for the 2016 season.
Donaldson, who's a part of Shenandoah Middle School - Museums Magnet program, carries a 3.2 weighted GPA (grade point average) and his plan "B" in life is to become a mathematics teacher, which is his favorite subject.
The 12-year-old, has won over thirty tournaments and was crowned as the NFL National Flag Football Championship as the starter for both Red Zone 14-and-under and Florida Fire 15-and-under 7v7 All-Star football teams. His acrobatic catches and jump ball ability, made him a nightmare for cornerbacks. Donaldson participated in two all-star games, most notably Miami Dolphins' Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Stars powered by Generation Nexxt. The rising star at his new position, earned Miramar Wolverines 12U football team MVP award.
Donaldson informed me, he'll take his talent and play for nationally recognized head football coach Chris McGonigal and join Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes 14U football team. The move will certainly, put him on the big stage and create buzz nationally, as the Canes are known for playing outside of the state of Florida. Donaldson is strongly considering three high schools which consist of St. Thomas, Miami Central and Miami Northwestern.