National Signing Day | Chaminade-Madonna

Chaminade-Madonna’s Khairi Clark ready to join Florida Gators

Defensive tackle Khairi Clark performs a Gator chomp at Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
Defensive tackle Khairi Clark performs a Gator chomp at Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
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Khairi Clark, football, Florida

Marquis Fairchild, football, Hawaii

Bridget Callahan, soccer, UCF

Gino Brown, track, Indiana State

Alex Thomas, football, Cincinnati

Jakarri Hunt, football, Forest Scott CC (Kan.)

The Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna family has had the honor of seeing two of its very own win Super Bowl titles in the last two seasons.

While cornerback Akeem Auguste was on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad this season, former Ravens now Eagles cornerback Cary Williams saw playing time on the NFL’s biggest stage.

On Wednesday, the school had four of six student athletes sign National Letters of Intent to play college football with the possible reality of making it to the NFL one day.

All-American defensive tackle Khairi Clark headlined the group of signees, making his commitment to the University of Florida official on National Signing Day.

“I’m just ready to get to Gainesville and do what I do, and try to go to the NFL,” Clark said.

Clark was ecstatic to hear about the Gators’ signing day successes earlier in the day with South Dade receiver C.J. Worton, Miami Booker T. Washington quarterback Treon Harris and Immokalee athlete J.C. Jackson.

“It feels real good to hear about the other recruits feel good about UF because it’s a perfect program,” Clark said. “I don’t see myself being anywhere else but UF.”

The other football players to sign with schools were defensive end Marquis Fairchild (Hawaii), cornerback Alex Thomas (Cincinnati) and defensive back Jakarri Hunt (Forest Scott CC in Kansas). Triple jump specialist Gino Brown also signed a track scholarship with Indiana State.

“It’s about the development of these young men,” Chaminade football coach Marcello Rodriguez said. “Wins and losses are going to come, but at the end of the day, you’re in here to develop young men and make them good citizens, good husbands, good fathers and that’s what this program has always been about.”

The school also had its girls’ soccer standout, Bridget Callahan, sign with UCF during the festivities. Callahan totaled 69 career goals – including five in her final game as a Lion – with 53 assists.

“This is a dream come true basically,” said Callahan, who could not keep a smile off her face during the entire ceremony. “It’s probably the best day of my life.”

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