Imagine having less than 30 days to pick a new city, region and/or time zone to live in for the next three to five years of your life.
Welcome to National Signing Day, when several top players in Broward County will make that difficult life decision on Wednesday.
No player in all of South Florida offers college football recruiting fans more to look forward to than Plantation American Heritage wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who will announce his decision at his school at 8:30 a.m. He will decide from schools the he has officially visited over the last month — Mississippi, Virginia Tech and Florida — and a late newcomer in Georgia, which offered him a scholarship Monday.
“It’s a madhouse over here,” said Heritage coach Mike Rumph, who has had coaches from schools across the country visit in the last month to recruit his rising star.
McKenzie, the 5-8, 175-pound slot receiver who has seen his recruitment skyrocket during his senior season in which he recorded 35 catches for 823 yards and seven touchdowns, wanted to commit to Notre Dame since October, but did not have high enough test scores to do so.
Despite McKenzie rectifying that problem, Notre Dame chose to move on without him after the four-star player decided to take his final official visit to Virginia Tech and not to South Bend, Ind.
“For Isaiah, it’s an exciting moment and a lot of attention he never got,” Rumph said of the schools recruiting McKenzie.
The same can be said for Richard Yeargin, Chris Lammons and Ravian Pierce — all of whom withdrew their pledges in the last month.
While University School may have let the cat out of the bag for Yeargin after releasing to the media he will sign with Clemson, the four-star All-American defensive end/linebacker who previously committed to Notre Dame has also named Texas a finalist. He will announce at his school at 10 a.m.
As for Lammons and Pierce — staples of Plantation’s offense last season — they were previously committed to Florida and Arkansas, respectively.
Lammons, a four-star athlete who plays quarterback, but will move to cornerback in college, will choose between South Carolina and Wisconsin at Plantation at 1 p.m.
Pierce, on the other hand, will delay his final decision after he takes the ACT on Feb. 8, in hopes of a higher ACT test score. FAU and Mississippi State are among the finalists for the three-star tight end.
Not to be upstaged by their peers Wednesday, several recruits announced their decisions before signing day.
St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Wade Freebeck flipped his oral commitment from Pittsburgh to Vanderbilt on Tuesday, and Cypress Bay cornerback Deion Hallmon announced he will be heading to Northern Illinois a few hours after.
On Monday, Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver George Rushing pledged to Wisconsin and teammate Trevon Lee picked Duke. Also, Aquinas offensive lineman Ryan Crozier committed to Connecticut on Sunday.
The majority of top prospects in Broward County, however, have been longtime commitments at their respective schools.
Here’s who is expected to make it official Wednesday: Heritage running back Sony Michel (Georgia); University School quarterback Sean White (Auburn), receiver Chris Taylor (Duke) and cornerback Quincy Wilson (Florida); Aquinas defensive tackle Anthony Moten and offensive lineman Nick Linder (UM), receiver Corey Holmes (Notre Dame) and cornerback Al Harris (South Carolina); Blanche Ely linebacker Terry McCray (UM); Chaminade-Madonna defensive tackle Khairi Clark (Florida); Hallandale defensive back John Battle (LSU); and Gibbons quarterback Peyton Bender (Washington State).