South Florida Buzz On National Signing Day
By Alex Kushel
South Florida is a hotbed for talented football players in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. For instance, the college football national championship game featured Palm Beach County standouts Tre Mason and Kelvin Benjamin.
As National Signing Day is approaching, several standouts from South Florida are on the radar as potential players to make headlines in the American Athletic Conference.
Tre’Quan Smith, a highly touted 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver from Village Academy, can make an impact at the University of Central Florida to give the Knights a formidable offensive playmaker. Central Florida, which went 12-1 last season, will have a spark plug in their recruiting class to contribute right away.
The Cincinnati Bearcats are landing a top defensive recruit to boost the secondary. Carter Jacobs, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from American Heritage School in Plantation, will join an established unit on defense. The Bearcats also will add defensive end Joel Thompson. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive end from McArthur High School is a solid addition. Meanwhile, Alex Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver from Chaminade-Madonna, gives the Bearcats an additional option to make big plays downfield.
SMU will bolster their offense as they look to upgrade at the wide receiver position and add depth. Will Jeanlys, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Pope, can stretch opposing defenses. Kadeem Goulbourne, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver from Cypress Bay High School, can help SMU’s passing game.
East Carolina, a newcomer to the American Athletic Conference in 2014, will improve the offensive line with the signing of 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive lineman Erik Lenzen from Cardinal Gibbons High School.
Tulane, which also moves to the American Athletic Conference, has a strong special teams addition with placekicker Andrew DiRocco from University School.
The American Athletic Conference coaches are aware of the talent in South Florida and the ability to land some of these recruits may make a difference on Saturdays for the upcoming season.