South Dade, headlined by two former University of Miami commits, is sending multiple players to the next level on National Signing Day.
Cornerback James Wiggins, the No. 14 Miami-Dade prospect according to the Miami Herald, signed to play with the University of Cincinnati, which had been targeting him aggressively throughout the season. Wiggins was ultimately convinced after going on an official visit Jan. 16.
Wiggins originally committed to the University of Miami in February 2015 during his junior year but withdrew his pledge on Jan. 22, 2016. Wiggins also took an official visit to the University of Louisville on Jan. 30 but was not swayed from his commitment to Cincinnati.
Running back Jawon Hamilton, the No. 12 Miami-Dade prospect according to the Miami Herald, signed his National Letter of Intent to play with the University of Central Florida. Hamilton chose the Knights because, “I felt it was the better opportunity.”
Hamilton had an interesting recruiting experience. After originally committing to FIU in June 2015, he switched and committed to UM.
After the Hurricanes’ coaching change, he de-committed to eventually commit to UCF.
“I learned to be patient and to not rush anything,” Hamilton said. “It was a very hard decision, but I made the best possible move for me. Recruiting can be stressful, but you have to be able to manage it.”
Offensive lineman Boman Swanson signed with UCF along with Hamilton. Swanson was lightly recruited through his junior season but was propelled by his impressive senior season.
“There was a couple factors in my decision — the Orlando area is a great place to be, how close it is to home,” he said. “I love the new coaching staff and the vibe they bring to the whole building, great things are going to be happening, and the possibilities are endless with coach [Scott] Frost and the rest of the coaches.”
Ivan Smith signed with Northern Illinois University. Smith was a multifaceted offensive weapon at South Dade, and is likely to be used much in the same way at the next level.
“The coaches want to use me as a slot receiver, running back and kick returner,” he said. “Basically all over the field.”
Smith was also aggressively recruited by Bowling Green before ultimately deciding on Northern Illinois.
Michael Davis III signed with Alcorn State.
“It seemed like the right fit for me,” he said. “The coaches, players and the staff made me feel right at home. The environment just felt like somewhere I could spend the next four years playing football.”
Lee Lindor and Tariq Ballinger will be attending the College of the Sequoias in California. Max Charite will be staying in the state of Florida as he has committed to FAMU, and Rakeem Terry has signed with Mars Hill University in North Carolina.
Two girls’ soccer signings were announced, as Johanna Diaz will be attending Johnson and Wales and Bania Duran will be attending Barry University.
South Dade signees
Lee Lindor (College of the Sequoias)
Jawon Hamilton (UCF)
Mike Davis Jr. (Alcorn State)
Max Charite (FAMU)
Tariq Ballinger (College of the Sequoias)
Boman Swanson (UCF)
Ivan Smith (NIU)
Rakeem Terry (Mars Hill College)
James Wiggins (Cincinnati)
Johanna Diaz (Johnson and Wales)
Bania Duran (Barry University)