Hallandale High School, fresh off a 10-1 season that culminated in a district championship, celebrated the signing of 11 National Letters of Intent on Wednesday morning that included two early enrollees who have already started their college careers. The signing ceremony at the school featured nine student-athletes who will be entering college in the fall.
Cornerback Malik Henderson (Pitt) and running back Taj McGowan (UCF) already have enrolled at their respective schools and will be eligible to participate in spring practice this semester. They did not attend the signing ceremony at the school, but their accomplishments were noted by Hallandale’s athletic director, Anthony Shinhoster, who served as the host at the ceremony.
Highlighting this class among those who did attend the ceremony was Sh’mar Kilby-Lane, a defensive end who signed with Florida State and Juwan Taylor, a linebacker who will attend Georgia.
“I have to thank my parents for pushing me,” Taylor said when signing his letter of intent. “Without the support of my family, I never would have made it this far.”
Wide receiver Richie Cooper, who will play at the University of Akron for coach Terry Bowden, said he plans on making an immediate impact there.
“I will be dominating football in the [Mid-American Conference] at the University of Akron,” Cooper said. “My dreams of playing major college football have come true.”
Malik Henderson - Pitt (EE)
Taj McGowan - UCF (EE)
Richie Cooper - Akron
Sammy Jeanclaude - S. Dakota
Sh'mar Kilby-Lane - Florida State
Jalin Leandre - Valpariso
Dana Levine - Temple
Aaron Pierre - Central International University
Juwan Taylor - Georgia
Theodore "Teddy" Victorin - Stillman
Demetrius Whitehead - Alcorn State