By Jerry Williamson
The Class of 2018 in South Florida, featured four phenomenal cornerbacks that ended their senior season ranked top 25 nationally named Stanford Samuels III (FSU), Trajan Bandy, (UM), Marco Wilson (UF) and C.J. Henderson (UF), who signed football subdivision college football scholarships to play for the big three in the state of Florida. The next wave of cornerbacks in South Florida looks promising, as the Class of 2021, has the potential to make a major impact in the long run. The criteria for making the top 10 list consisted of: Athleticism, Level of competition, post-season production, league play and consistency. It's far to early to knick-pick on techniques, since youth is still seen as a learning stage.
Timothy Burns Jr., Doral Academy Preparatory (High School)
Ranked: No. 1
Reason for ranking: Played at the highest level of competition and dominated. Started junior varsity as an eighth-grader and didn't allow a single touchdown or first down the entire season. No receptions allowed in the Miami Dolphins Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Stars Game. FBU Miami-Dade Tryouts overall MVP. Top cornerback in Miami-Dade County. As long as he continues to grow and fill out, he has the potential to become a high school All-American. The past three years, Tim, has allowed one touchdown. That's not an error, and captured two Pop Warner Division 1 National Championships without safety help every game. He fits the athlete title as well. Having the ability to play wide receiver, returner and cornerback.
Jaden McBurrows, Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes (FYFL)
Ranked: No. 2
Reason for ranking: Selected to the A11 All-American Bowl. Top cornerback for the No. 1 ranked 13-14 football team in the country. Top cornerback in Broward County. His future could be at several positions such as running back, wide receiver or cornerback at the next level, based on his dedication inside of the weight room. He also is dangerous return specialist. Which is why, I'll be shocked if he's listed as a cornerback come his senior year. Over the course of time, Generation Nexxt has watched his game stay at the top his class. Having Amari Daniels as a teammate, made the world noticed his hidden talent at cornerback.
Taz Wisdom, West Pembroke Pines (AYFL)
Ranked: No. 3
Reason for ranking: Selected to the Miami Dolphins Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Stars Game. Earned a spot on South Florida Express 15U 7v7 football team. Top cornerback in AYFL. Taz has arguably the best feet among his graduating class in South Florida. Based on size, technique and athleticism, could draw in more college football interest before anyone in his class. He could make a strong debate for the No. 2 spot.
Keenan Toomer, South Miami Grey Ghost (MXYFL)
Ranked: No. 4
Reason for ranking: Started opposite of Timothy Burns Jr., in the Miami Dolphins' Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Stars Game and didn't allow a catch. His team Mr. Utility, that locked down opposing teams go-to wide receiver. Keenan is primarily known for his game at running back and linebacker within the Southwest Miami-Dade region. I noticed him challenged, South Kendall Seahawks 6-feet wide receiver this past fall and realized his hidden talent at cornerback. He confirmed his coverage skills starting in the Miami Dolphins Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Stars Game.
Elijah Vaughan, Miami Gardens Chiefs (FYFL)
Ranked: No. 5
Reason for ranking: Two-time Miami Dolphins' Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Stars Game selection and starter. Ranked the No. 3 cornerback in Miami-Dade County.
6. Torrie Cox | CB/ATH | FYFL (Miami Gardens Ravens)
7. Marc Charlemagne | CB/ATH | GMSPW (Palmetto Bay Broncos)
8. Joshua Jenkins | CB | AYFL (Miramar Wolverines)
9. Justin Payoute | CB/ATH | FYFL (Ppo Bengals)
10. Donche Robinson | CB | FYFL (Miami Gardens Vikings)