Following a memorable two-year run for Hallandale, the Chargers celebrated several of their players officially starting their journey to college Wednesday during a record-breaking day for the program.
A total of 21 players (18 on Wednesday and three who already are enrolled in college) signed with colleges at a ceremony at the school’s auditorium.
It was the most ever for Hallandale in one season in football.
“When I first got the job coaching at Hallandale eight years ago, the knock was that the school didn’t put enough kids into college,” said former Hallandale coach Dameon Jones, who stepped down after leading the Chargers to a 20-4 record over the past two seasons and appearances in the regional semifinals and finals.
“I’m just amazed seeing all these kids on stage [Wednesday].”
The total featured seven players signing with FBS schools, including star quarterback Tyler Huntley, the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year, and wide receiver Demari Simpkins, each of whom are enrolled early at Utah. Wide receiver Joshua Hammond, who led Broward in receiving, is already at the University of Florida.
Running back Zack Moss decided to join Huntley at Utah.
Moss, a 5-10, 205-pound running back, shredded opposing Broward County defenses this season, earning himself numerous scholarship offers, including schools such as the University of Miami. Moss also visited the University of Tennessee last week.
Moss served as the perfect complement in Hallandale’s offense, amassing 1,098 yards and 17 touchdowns and leading the Chargers to a regional finals appearance for the first time.
“It’s great to see everybody going to college,” Moss said. “It was a long journey for me. I’m ready to get back into that offense with Tyler up there.”
Huntley, who threw for 3,636 yards and 42 touchdowns this season, was able to watch part of the ceremony via Facetime from Utah.
Several of Hallandale’s explosive offensive players signed, including wide receivers Neru N’Shaka with Toledo and Chris Cotto with Western Kentucky.
On the defensive side, safety Romelo Webster signed with Iowa State and cornerback Andrew Hines signed with Florida A&M. Cornerback Jaelyn Faulk signed with Duquesne.
Linebacker Kory Johnson signed with West Florida.
Wide receiver Sam Huntley, linebacker Eddie King, offensive lineman Raymond Civil and defensive linemen Devonaire Brown and Dante Adams each signed with Waldorf College.
Defensive end Korrel Evans signed with Liberty, cornerback Lynval Sutherland signed with Coffeyville, defensive back Raymond Crittendon signed with Eastern Illinois and Tarik Brown signed with Kansas Wesleyan.
Linebacker Maurice Wilson and defensive tackle Keyon Hodges signed with Lindenwood.