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Five Miami Northwestern students make college football decisions

Five Miami Northwestern players sign on the dotted line

Miami Northwestern capped off a 2017 football season with a state championship and sent five players to Division I football during the early signing period.
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Miami Northwestern capped off a 2017 football season with a state championship and sent five players to Division I football during the early signing period.

After capping off the 2017 football season with a 6A state title, the Miami Northwestern football team celebrated some more Wednesday when five players signed.

The Bulls had two players sign with the University of Georgia, as well as others with Louisville, North Carolina State and the University of Central Florida.

Running back James Cook and cornerback Divaad Wilson signed with Georgia.

“It felt like home when I made my first visit. I was committed to Florida at the time, but it made me feel like a regular UGA commit.” Wilson said. “They kept it very real with me, they let me know what I’m getting myself into.”

Wilson, a four-star cornerback according to 247Sports Composite rankings, backed off his pledge from the University of Florida at the end of November after the coaching staff changed and made his visit up to Athens, Georgia, before making it official Wednesday.

“It’s amazing to sign with my teammates. We put the whole community on our back,” Wilson said.

Cook, the younger brother of former Miami Central and FSU great Dalvin Cook who is now a rookie ball carrier for the Minnesota Vikings, transferred from Central to Northwestern shortly after the Bulls eliminated the Rockets in the Region 4-6A semifinals on Nov. 18. Cook plans to run track at Northwestern this spring. Cook, a 5-11, 180-pound running back and Georgia commit that’s rated the No. 30 overall prospect in the country by 247Sports.com.

Other signees included defensive tackle Davontae McCrae who signed with North Carolina State, Chatariu “Tutu” Atwell with the University of Louisville and Demetrius Mayes Jr. who signed with UCF.

Atwell signed with the Louisville Cardinals despite having second thoughts the night before.

“It feels great because last night I wasn’t sure who I was going to sign to, but I thought about it and was able to come to a decision,” he said.

Atwell was courted by FIU, UCF and Louisville, but ultimately decided to stay true to his word and ink with the Cardinals. Atwell came full circle with his commitment after being a four-year starter for the Northwestern Bulls and capping off his career with a State Title.

“It felt like home when I was on my visit,” Atwell said. “It feels amazing.”

Both defensive lineman Demetrius Mayes Jr. and Davontae McCrae made early commitments and stuck to their word throughout the season. Mayes, a three-star defensive end according to the 247 Composite rankings, never wavered on his pledge even though UCF changed coaches.

“When they first got hired within the first couple hours they called me telling me they were excited to meet me and I was already getting recruited by Randy Shannon when he was at Florida, even though Florida didn’t recruit me, so that made it easy.” Mayes said.

Mayes held offers from Purdue, FIU and Illinois while being ranked the 71st outside linebacker in the country according to 247Sports.com.

TITO BENACH

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

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▪ Gulliver 77, Lehigh 70: GP: Mashburn 24, Taylor 19, Sanders 17, Lamonica 8, Howard 2, McWhorter 4, Idlett 2, Perry 1, Lehigh: Edwards 20, Green 12, Goin 9, Martin 9, McClendon 9, Desamours 8, Massilas 2, Jones 1 Threes: Taylor 1, Mashburn 1, Edwards 2, Green 2, Martin 1, McClendon 1 Assists: Taylor 10 Rebounds: Sanders 7. Half: GP 38-32.

▪ SLAM 76, KeysGate 33: Issad Solano 23 points, 8 steals, 5 rebounds; Josh Neely 12 points; Kentron Poitier 12 points, 4 blocks, 6 rebounds, L. Reed 12 points; J. Hatfield 9 points.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Coral Park 36, South Miami 29 - CP: Martinez 4, Bravo 7, Quichimbo 7, Martinez 11, Neto 7. SM: Cruz 4, d. Kinder 2, c. López 9, t. Dixon 2, d. Carvajal 4, a. Jubal 4. Rebounds: Quichimbo 24, Three-pointers: A. Martinez. Steals: h. Bravo 10, Blocks: h. Bravo 4. Assists: d. Martinez 3.

▪ Varela 47, Sunset 10 - VAR: D. Quesada-15, A. Dominguez-11, A. Dukharan-9, B. Caballero-4, A. Serrrano-2, C. McWilliams-2, D. Guillama-2, N. Savage-2; SUN: G. Gibbs-6, G. Villaroen-4.

▪ Keys Gate 50, SLAM 47 - KG: Moore 27, Velez 11, Klinar 10, Menendez 2. SLAM: Christian 14, Sanford 9, Franco 8, Garcia 7, Perez 6, Garcia 3. Half: SLAM 28-22. Three-pointers: Moore 5, Klinar 2, Velez 1, Garcia 1, Franco 1.

▪ North Miami 53, Miami Beach 15: Jean 19, Francois 14, Seide 10, Williams 7, Joseph 2. MB: Demetiades 9, Pierre 5, Garay 1. Rebounds: Francois, Joseph, Williams 7. Assists: Jean 6. Steals: Francois 3. Three-points: Jean 4, Francois.

▪ Krop 66, Hialeah 44 - KR: Francois 23, Joseph 12, Weingard 9, Mills 8, Walker 6, B. Knowles 4, Hornstein 4. Three-pointers: Weingard 2. Assists: Weingard 5. Half: Krop 29-21. KR 10-2.

▪ Coral Gables 46, Braddock 20: CG: Cruzata 4, Luis 2, Arguello 6, Flores 2, Pinera 2, Cohen 8, Walton 14, Lamadriz 6. Braddock: Melntyre 2, Pozo 2, Santioanee 2, Ariola 14 Halftime CG 26 Brad 6. Rebounds: Cohen 20,. Steals: Cruzata 8.

▪ Killian 48, Palmetto 22 - Kil (9-2): Tamara Grant 16, Tamia Grant 10, Washington 6, Cannon 5, Johnson 4, Bell 4, Schafer 2, Major 1 Rbs: Cannon 8, Major 8 Stl: Johnson 7, Cannon 7, Tamia Grant 7 Asst: Cannon 3, Johnson 2, Tamara Grant 2, Bell 2, Tamia Grant 2 Blk: Tamara Grant 2, Cannon 2 , Tamia Grant 2 3 pointers: Tamara Grant 3. Pal: Margolis 8, Diaab 6, Faradji 4, Saint-cyr 2, Palmer 2. Half: Kil 26-10.

▪ Coral Reef 26, South Dade 21: CR: Nichelle Hunte 8 points; Zynia Alvarez 11 rebounds; Assists: Remi Khamvongsa 3. Blocks: Natalia Madruga 2. Steals: Nichelle Hunte 4. Three-pointers: Remi Khamvongsa 1, Nichelle Hunte 1. SD: Mo'nay Bailey 10.

BOYS’ SOCCER

▪ MAST 3, Booker T. 2: Luc Fritzenwalder, Giancarlo Arguello and William DeNight 1 goal; MAST 7-1.

▪ Killian 4, Homestead 0: Edward Rosales and Brandon moncada each scored , Paulo rios had shutout.

▪ Miami Country Day 6, iMater Academy 1: Anthony Cervone 2 goals, Erik Pantin 1 goal and 2 assists, Khalil Winder 1 goal and 1 assist, Josef Frankel and Diego Oropeza 1 goal; MCD 7-2-2.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

▪ Palmetto 3, Varela 0: Emma Pardo with 3 goals; Alexandra Abaroa 2 assists; Bari Gold 1 assist; Maria Butler shutout.

▪ Killian 5, Homestead 1: Alyssa Storey 4 goals; Josefina Puig 1 goal; Isabella Noah, Claudia Rivero, Carolina Morales 1 assist each.

▪ MAST 8, Booker T. Washington 0: Karin Pomares, Caroline Silva, Carmen Martinez 1 goal each; MAST 8-2-1.

▪ South Dade 8, Southridge 0: Bianca Carballo, Ashley Eichler 2 goals each, Isa Cedilo 1 goals. Adrianna Arroyo shutout; SD 7-2-4.

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