Miami Hurricane Hall of Famer , three time national champion and ex NFL star Leon Searcy’s Real Men Block Foundation with input from local sports writer JT Wilcox has announced it’s pre season watch list for the High School Offensive Lineman of The Year. The top player will be named by Searcy’s Real Men Block Foundation at season’s end. Here are a few guys you may want to keep an eye on :
Corey Gaynor | Stoneman Douglas | 2017 | 6-foot-3, 285 pounds | Minnesota commit
Largely unheralded, Gaynor is one of the most technically sound and versatile linemen in South Florida. The younger brother of current TCU o-lineman Chris Gaynor.
Navaugh Donaldson | Miami Central | 2017 | 6-foot-5, 310 pounds | Miami commit
A four-year varsity starter, Donaldson possess a brute strength that can’t be taught. And he’s nimble on his feet – making a 7-on-7 team as a tight end.
Mershawn Miller | Miami Central | 2017 | 6-foot-3, 300 pounds | Florida International commit
While his teammate gets a lot of the attention, Miller has been a long-time fixture on the interior of the Rockets offensive line.
Kadeem Telfort | Booker T. Washington | 2017 | 6-foot-6, 315 pounds | Florida commit
Nicknamed “Tiny”, Telfort is like a shade tree. He’s a prototypical book-end tackle. Moving to Booker T. Washington and working with Earl Tillman will only help his development.
Teaki Fuller | Booker T. Washington | 2017 | 6-foot-3, 315 pounds | Charlotte commit
Fuller is a great pass blocker that plays with a “road grader” mindset – always finishing his block and playing to the whistle.
Tedarrel “T.J.” Slaton | Plantation American Heritage | 2017 | 6-foot-5, 325 pounds | Undecided
Another four-year varsity starter, Slaton – who grew up playing hoops – already looks like and carries himself like a pro. Pound for pound, he’s one of the best athletes in Broward county.
Kai-Leon Herbert | Plantation American Heritage | 2017 | 6-foot-5, 290 pounds | Michigan commit
Another classic tackle prospect, Herbert is a solid athlete and he has a cerebral approach to the game.
Zack Sweeney | St. Thomas Aquinas | 2017 | 6-foot-3, 275 pounds | Undecided
Sweeney will anchor an Aquinas offensive line that will pave the way for one of the most explosive offenses in the country.
Cody Bowes | Miami Southridge | 2017 | 6-foot-4, 280 pounds | West Virginia commit
Another former basketball player that transitioned to the gridiron. Bowes has shown development each year he’s played the game and has turned himself into quite the lineman.
Delone Scaife | Miami Killian | 2018 | 6-foot-3, 285 pounds | Miami commit
Entering his junior year, Scaife is another one of those linemen that jolts opposing defensive linemen with his brute strength.
Kyron Taylor | South Dade | 2017 | 6-foot-3, 285 pounds | Undecided
Taylor is a national championship wrestler – which means there are very few one-on-one blocking matchups that he’ll lose. He’s strong, agile and can play multiple positions across the line.
Sebastian Sainterline | St. Thomas Aquinas | 2018 | 6-foot-3, 320 pounds | Undecided
Sainterling is a natural interior offensive line – using his big body to wall off defenders and create running lanes.
As we kick off the new season it will be an interesting race to see which offensive lineman finally gets the recognition they so richly deserve thanks to Searcy’s Real Men Block.
With only one year of high school football at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Florida, Leon Searcy Jr. has a long list of accolades. Ranging from a first round draft pick in 1992 by the Pittsburgh Steelers to one of the GREATEST Jacksonville Jaguars of All Time as an offensive linemen. Prior to his legacy in the National Football League, Mr. Searcy, an University of Miami Sports Hall of Famer earned three college football national championships in his five year career at the university. He is widely considered as one of the greatest lineman in University of Miami history.
Leon Searcy decided to expand his vision of helping rising offensive lineman by giving them the acknowledgement that often times gets overlooked. Traditionally offensive linemen’s only recognition is during penalities. The training and studies for the position bares little reward from the fans. Mr. Searcy has devised a “pedestal” for lineman to embrace. A brotherhood amongst the core of offensive glamour. An opportunity to allow these men of the trenches to stand out and receive their overdue recognition. Thanks to Real Men Block. Good luck gentlemen.