- Jodie Wagner Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Christmas will come early for many Division I college football coaches.
Many coveted high school recruits who normally would make their college choices official on the first Wednesday of February — national signing day — instead will sign their letters of intent two months earlier.
Back in May, the Collegiate Commissioners Association approved an early signing period for major college football.
The 72-hour window runs today through Friday, and coincides with the first three days of the midyear junior college signing period.
The February signing period will remain, though many Palm Beach County football players plan to take advantage of the early signing window, including five from Oxbridge Academy.
They are defensive backs Keidron Smith (Ole Miss) and Jason McCleod (Penn); athlete V’Lique Carter (Pitt); defensive end Romello Tarver (Central Michigan) and tight end Herman McCray (Georgia State).
“I felt there was no need for me to wait until February when the school I’m committed to has shown me the most love in recruiting since day one,” Tarver said on his decision to sign early. “Also, the big schools were flirting around in recruiting, but they never drop the offer, and I felt as if I was their last guy. Central Michigan is where I’m wanted/needed, so why wait?”
Added McCleod, “I was committed before the season, and I knew I wanted to attend Penn for a long time, even before I got the offer. That’s why when coach asked me about it, I was willing to sign early.”
So was Benjamin quarterback Jordan Travis.
The Louisville commit said last spring that he planned to sign in December, and he hasn’t changed his mind following a standout season in which he threw for nearly 2,200 yards and 24 touchdowns.
“Louisville is the perfect school for me,” said Travis, the state’s Class 3A Player of the Year who committed to the Cardinals in June. “They’ve shown me interest through it all and since the beginning, and I figured there is no reason to wait.”
Travis will sign this morning alongside lineman Martin Weisz (Virginia) and swimmer Alessandra Baldari (Yale).
Park Vista athlete John Smith, a Holy Cross commit, will wait until later in the day to sign his letter of intent, as will teammate Atorian Perry, an athlete who will sign with Wake Forest.
Other area players expected to sign their letters of intent today include Forest Hill lineman Jordon Earle (Appalachian State); Boca Raton defensive end/tight end Dante Lang (Florida); Palm Beach Gardens defensive back Gurvan Hall (UM); Palm Beach Gardens athlete Jarrett Jackson (a Louisville commit); and Palm Beach Gardens lineman Parker Ogle (Massachusetts).