Palmetto Raiders' Jamboree held at Lakes by the Bay Park, was filled with both collegiate and professionally bloodlines, of adolescents with the athletic ability to possibly play on Saturday and Sunday's (depending on their academic and character).
There's no debate who stole the show this past weekend at Palmetto Raiders Park, as signal-callers Jalen Brown (Pee Wee) and Kymani Corbett (Jr. Pee Wee) of the Palmetto Raiders, accounted for two touchdowns a piece.
Brown was responsible for three touchdowns as he threw, ran and returned a pick six (not including a drop TD) for the Raiders. Corbett, pin-point accuracy and the ability to throw both the intermediate and deep balls, had many spectators scratching their head, like where did this kid come from.
Here's a note, the wide receiver who hauled in both touchdown passes, from Kymani Corbett was Generation Nexxt Miami-Dade all-star quarterback Tedarius Hughes.
The star of the day at running back, was none other than the Palmetto Raiders (Pee Wee) Levy Miller. Levy, a Generation Nexxt Miami-Dade 12U all-star selection, wowed the crowd as he effortlessly ran away from defenders and displayed an eye-catching combination of vision and power. You can't teach size nor vision. Miller is also the fastest athlete on the team.
Another thing you can't teach, is being a playmaker. The Chosen one's very own, running back Kamari “Green shoes” Morrison, wasn't a stranger to the end zone. He's a simply a highlight waiting to happen. Green shoes scored the first touchdown of the Generation Nexxt Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Star game, as he sprinted 41-yards untouched.
Palmetto Raiders (Jr. Pee Wee) versatile athlete, Marquise Robinson appears ready to take the driver seat at running back, since the departure of Darriel Harper to cross-town rivals, Goulds Rams. Robinson scored over three touchdowns and displayed blazing speed. His name will surface even more this season. He's another Generation Nexxt Miami-Dade All-Star talent.
Many may not realize it, but the Florida City Razorbacks (Jr. Midgets) running back Demetrius "Meat Ball" Williams who looks depart, is only in the sixth-grade. Williams low center of gravity running style, moved the first down chains continuously. He also dominated on the defensive side of the ball.
Florida City Razorbacks (Jr. Midgets) utility athlete Ryan Bullard is versatile as they come. He single handedly defeated Goulds Rams in the Sean Taylor Classic at quarterback, and started at linebacker in last season Generation Nexxt All-Star game. Bullard lined-up at a number of positions and turned in big-time plays for the Razorbacks on Saturday afternoon.
Dynamic playmakers Edward "Speedy" Bandy (Palmetto Raiders, Pee Wee) and Rashard Snow (Florida City Razorbacks, Jr. Pee Wee), punched in their tickets as the top two-way performers. Bandy, who's the younger brother of UM's freshman CB Trajan Bandy, reminded the crowd, why his nickname is speedy. Bandy scored on a long touchdown and made multiple stops at linebacker.
Snow was the best linebacker in my opinion. He looks stronger and faster this season. He delivered a number of bone-crushing hits. On offensive side of the ball, he ran with an attitude, and scored multiple touchdowns. He's going to be a problem this year.
Linebacker Dillon Gill (Generation Nexxt Miami-Dade All-Star selection) headlined the chosen ones defense. As he anchored the trenches at middle linebacker, and stuffed the run. He's a tall and sturdy, tackling machine.
The new names with game were the Florida City Razorbacks (Jr. Pee Wee) running back and linebacker, Jabori Lewis and Jacorey Barney. Lewis and Barney, pounded the Sean Taylor Classic reigning champions. On defense, they're just as tough. Keep an eye on both of these under-the-radar kids.
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The three athletes who shined on the big stage were Lavarious McGuire (LB), Eric Townsend (QB) and Jermaine Kelson (RB/CB).
Tamiami Colts (Jr. Pee Wee) athlete
Jose Leon, Jr. and teammate, QB Robbie Finlay caught my attention -- as they delivered big plays countless times, during crunch time situations. The Colts, Jr. Midgets running back Gavin Diaz -- made a name for himself on Saturday. As he ablaze defenses with his speed and power. Keep an eye on this young man. His name can surface this fall. Palmetto Bay Broncos' athlete Zamarion Lawson (Jr. Bandit) set the tone early for his team on both offense and defense. He's another star in the making.