Friends and family gathered at the Miami Southridge media center on a much earlier date than anticipated for the first early national signing day.
Mark Pope and Daquris Wiggins had been committed to the University of Miami for a while.
Wiggins is a 247sports.com composite three-star wide receiver who had been sought out by the Hurricanes since he was a sophomore, and for him there was no other decision.
“The process wasn’t really hard, I always stuck with the U since they offered me in 10th grade. It hasn’t been hard for me,” Wiggins said.
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Wiggins also believes in the home program. “Just home, like why not win a championship from home? Why go somewhere else?”
Pope, a four-star 6-1 wide receiver, was highly recruited by UCF, USF, UF, Alabama, Georgia and LSU to name a few.
He committed to Miami in March.
“UM is a private school so the education played a big role for me, and I know UM’s got it. I also feel like with the guys coming in we’re definitely going to win a national championship, and with the coaches they have will definitely help,” Pope said.
Delone Scaif, a 6-3 offensive lineman,originally enrolled at Killian and transferred to Southridge for the 2017 season. He committed to the Miami Hurricanes in July 2016.
Committing early is something unusual. The three players attending the University of Miami will start their college career on Jan. 10, which means they’ll miss their last stint of senior year.
Although they must now be focused on training, they do plan to come back for those senior experiences and have prom in the back of their heads.
“It is on my mind, but I don’t know what I’m gonna wear yet. I might go by myself. Yeah I’m gonna go by myself,” Pope said.
Defensive end James Head committed to the University of Indiana and was greeted by many family members.