- Jodie Wagner Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Things went as planned — mostly — for three Palm Beach Gardens football players who signed national letters of intent Wednesday.
As expected, defensive back Gurvan Hall and lineman Parker Ogle signed with the University of Miami and the University of Massachusetts, respectively, on the first day of the 2018 early signing period.
Both took part in a signing ceremony held on campus, surrounded by family, coaches, school administrators and members of the media.
Athlete Jarrett Jackson also signed his national letter of intent Wednesday — with Louisville — but he kept everyone guessing.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound tight end/defensive end, who originally committed to the Cardinals in August, also was considering South Carolina.
He brought Louisville and South Carolina caps to his signing ceremony at Miller’s Ale House in Palm Beach Gardens and announced his decision by opening his jacket to reveal a red Cardinals T-shirt.
“I went with my gut on this one,” he said. “The whole journey has been a process with schools coming after me, but I stayed true to myself. I had to make a separate decision for myself and go to the best place for me.”
Jackson, ranked No. 7 on the Post’s Class of 2018 Big Board, said he expects to play defensive end at Louisville and plans to enroll early.
“I’ve got a great relationship with the coaching staff,” he said. “It’s just a great place. It’s a great fit for me.”
Hall and Ogle also are eager to get started with the Hurricanes and Minutemen, respectively.
Hall, a four-star recruit and the No. 1-ranked player on the Big Board, committed to Miami in March and never wavered on his decision.
Tradition was the main reason he chose the Hurricanes, he said. Hall recently spent some time with former UM safety Ed Reed.
“This feels like a dream come true,” Hall said. “We were just down there a couple of days ago. All the family members and all the guys — we’re really excited.”
Ogle, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound center, committed to Massachusetts in October.
He will follow in the footsteps of his older brothers, who also played college athletics.
“This is a big relief,” he said. “I’ve waited for this my whole life. My brothers made it, and I just wanted to make it and make my dad proud.”
Hall and Ogle also plan to enroll early.
“This is like Christmas for coaches,” Palm Beach Gardens coach Billy Clark said of national signing day. “This is the best day of the year for us. We’re able to have a group of young men go out and go to school for free and be able to continue with their football careers. There’s nothing better than it.”
For complete coverage of the Class of 2018 early signing period, click here.