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27 South Florida Athletes Listed On MaxPreps Preseason All-State Team

Al Diaz, Miami Herald

Year after year, South Florida’s football pipeline generates some of the best players in the Sunshine State.

On Wednesday, MaxPreps released its 2020 preseason Florida all-state high school football team. Out of a total of 54 players, 50 percent come from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County.

A total of 16 players were awarded first-team honors, eight on offense and eight on defense, featuring running backs Thaddius Franklin and Amari Daniels. Jacorey Brooks, who transferred to IMG Academy in June, represented Booker T. Washington (Miami) as the only player from the school to be in the first-team.

Defensively, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale), Palmetto (Miami) and Northwestern (Miami) dominated the first-team, each having two players on the board. Central (Miami) and Monsignor Pace (Miami) both had one player listed.

SOUTH FLORIDA PLAYERS

First Team Offense

RB, Thaddius Franklin, Chaminade-Madonna: Franklin rushed for nearly 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, leading the Lions to a third consecutive Class 3A state title. He’s committed to the University of Miami.

RB, Amari Daniels, Miami Central: Recently narrowed down his college list to Georgia, Nebraska, Penn State and Texas A&M. He’s ranked a four-star by Rivals.com.

WR, Jacorey Brooks, IMG Academy: The Alabama commit spent his junior campaign at Booker T. Washington (Miami), helping them capture their first state championship since 2017. He’ll be playing at IMG Academy this fall.

OL, Laurence Seymore, Miami Central: Committed to Miami (FL), Seymore is ranked a four-star recruit and No. 11 OG in the nation.

OL, Julian Armella, Columbus: Armella comes off a picture-perfect season with St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the top high school programs in the country.

OL, Marcus Tate, University (Fort Lauderdale): Started at left tackle for the Sharks en route to an 8-3 record. He’s committed to play for Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers.

AP, James Williams, American Heritage (Plantation): Cut his list of schools down to Miami (FL) and Georgia. The five-star is the nation’s No. 1 ranked athlete.

K, Andres Borregales, Chaminade-Madonna: Ranked as the No. 2 kicker in the 2021 class. Staying home to play at the University of Miami.

First Team Defense

DL, Tyreak Sapp, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale): Sapp has been committed to Dan Mullen’s Gators since December of 2018, but released his ‘Top 5’sschools on Thursday.

DL, Shemar Stewart, Monsignor Pace (Miami): 247Sports lists Stewart as the top-ranked 2022 player in the nation.

DL, Leonard Taylor, Palmetto (Miami): The five-star defensive lineman cut his top school’s list from five to two on Monday, listing the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida Gators.

LB, Terrence Lewis, Northwestern (Miami): Ranked as the No. 1 outside linebacker in the nation. He committed to Tennessee over Florida, Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, Penn State and Texas A&M.

LB, Dallas Turner, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale): Nick Saban and Alabama’s most recent surge into South Florida came with the commitment of Turner.

LB, Wesley Bissainthe, Miami Central: Bissanthe told 305Sports that Florida schools, including the University of Miami, FSU and Florida have been recruiting him the hardest.

DB, Kamren Kinchens, Northwestern (Miami): Kinchens is set to make his college decision on July 11, deciding between Miami (FL), LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M and Nebraska.

DB, Jason Marshall, Palmetto (Miami): The five-star cornerback is projected to commit to either Florida or Alabama.

Second Team Offense

QB, Torey Morrison, Booker T. Washington (Miami): Threw for over 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns in his junior campaign.

WR, Troy Stellato, Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale): The Clemson commit garnered 42 receptions for 727 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

WR, Romello Brinson, Northwestern (Miami): In 2019, Brinson earned 5A-2A All-Dade by the Miami Herald, totaling 43 receptions for 834 receiving yards and eight touchdowns for a Bulls team that won the 5A state title.

OL, Michael McLaughlin, Stoneman Douglas (Parkland): 6-foot-7, 255 pounder committed to the University of Miami back in March.

OL, Ryan Rodriguez, Columbus (Miami): The UM commit served as an integral piece to Columbus’ 8A state title run, defeating Apopka in a 21-20 victory back in December.

AP, Yulkeith Brown, Central (Miami): Brown released his top seven schools in May, listing Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Penn State and Texas A&M.

Second Team Defense

DL, Jabari Ishmael, Columbus (Miami): The 2021 defensive lineman holds offers from over 19 programs, including Miami (FL) and Florida.

LB, Jaydon Hood, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale): The four-star linebacker chose Michigan over Miami (FL), Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Louisville, USF, West Virginia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

LB, Tyler Johnson, Killian (Miami, FL): Recorded 36 tackles, four sacks, and an interception last season at South Dade. Committed to UM in February 2019.

LB, Patrick Payton, Northwestern (Miami): 6-foot-5 outside linebacker committed to Nebraska over the likes of Miami (FL), Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Penn State, among others.

DB, Ja’Den McBurrows, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale): Michigan commit recorded 37 tackles and six interceptions last season.

Michael Yero covers the Miami Heat, Miami Hurricanes, Miami Dolphins and South Florida High School sports for 305Sports. He’s born and raised in Miami, currently attending Immaculata LaSalle High School.

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