Head coach Roger Harriott's University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
squad has consistently been ranked among the top teams in the state and the nation over the last few years, churning out Division I recruits along the way.
This year's squad features a senior quarterback committed to Auburn (Sean White
), a senior linebacker committed to Notre Dame (Richard Yeargin
) — and an eighth-grader starting on the defensive line?Nikolas Bonitto
is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound eighth-grader lining up at defensive end for the Suns.
According to Harriott, Bonitto has certainly held his own.
"He's very competitive on varsity," Harriott said via text. "He's started a few games for us."
The road block for Bonitto's potential football greatness?
Bonitto's height and athleticism lend itself to the hardwood, where he has been ranked among the nation's top recruits for the class of 2018.
Harriott told MaxPreps he believed Bonitto "absolutely" could have a future playing football, and perhaps University's season could steer him in that direction.
University is 7-0, ranked No. 14 in the Xcellent 25
, and bracing for showdowns with Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) and Miami Central that could catapult the Suns even higher up the rankings.