Kicker and punter Mateo Buraglia signed with Bucknell University while defensive lineman Cristian Garcia and Andres Garcia signed with Malone University. Linebacker and fullback Camilo Padron is headed for Marist College.
Other signings — football: Keonte Cash (Florida A&M), Xavier Hines (FIU), Mateo Buraglia (Bucknell University), Christian Garcia (Malone University), Andres Garcia (Malone University), Camilo Padron (Marist College). Golf: Oscar Cabanas (Fordham University). Soccer: Eduardo Valle (Stony Brook University).
Six Miami Jackson seniors signed with on National Signing Day. Leading the way for the Generals was Miami Herald First-Team All-Dade defensive Back Devondre Powell, who had a slight dilemma before announcing his decision.
With and offer from Boise State University — at 11-2 co-champions of the Mountain West Conference last season — on the table, Powell took a different route as he chose to play for South Carolina State University and signed with the Bulldogs.
The decision was tough, Powell said. But playing time and the recruiting visit helped him make up his decision to join South Carolina State, which finished 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
“I chose South Carolina State because I was looking forward to coming in during the summer and playing,” Powell said. He finished his senior year with 81 tackles, six sacks and an interception. “The visit was nice and I really liked the campus.”
The other Jackson players who signed letters of intent Monday were Darius Lee, Robbie Frazier, Jack Holt and Shandler Beaubien. They are headed to Division III, Mayville State University in Mayville, North Dakota.
Jackson’s other first-team All-Dade selection was Christopher Williams-Hall. He remains undecided. He has received interest from Bethune-Cookman, South Carolina State, Ohio University, and Kentucky.
Wednesday’s signees were the first for rookie head coach Antonio Brown, who led the Generals to the state semifinals for the first time in 12 years this past season.
“This is a blessing,” Brown said. “Miami Jackson gave me the opportunity to not only coach but to mentor these young men. I am thankful for that.”
After much contemplation, Columbus running back Daryl Chestnut signed a national letter of intent to play at Indiana on Wednesday. Chestnut, who had 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, was one of three Explorers to sign.
“I like the head coach and I like the Big-10,” Chestnut said. “My visit went well. I couldn’t have asked for a better host.”
Chestnut was torn between picking West Virginia, Indiana or Western Michigan.
As expected, teammate Jesus Wilson signed with Florida State. Wilson, who had already verbally committed to FSU, knew since his sophomore season he wanted to be a Seminole.
“When I took my visit, I felt comfortable,” he said. “Coach told me I needed to work hard.”
Wilson, a wide receiver and cornerback, had 61 catches for 904 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
“It’s a great opportunity and new chapter in my life,” he said. “I’m happy I stayed focused. I did this for my mom.”
Linebacker Jordan Guest signed with Florida International University. Guest, who verbally committed in August, said he felt FIU was the best place for him.