Several of the biggest names in Clewiston High School football signed with colleges and universities across the country on National Signing Day.
After finishing 21-3 two seasons in a row, Kyree Marshall, Joe Hernandez, Jarvirus Bradford, Alexander Blaithwaite, Lenorris Gaines, Dominik Spain and De’Vontae Weekley gathered in the high school’s media center on Feb. 4, along with teammates, coaches, friends and family, to sign with their prospective colleges.
Possessing the necessary ingredients to move on to the next level — talent and good grades — the seven players will head out to schools in Florida, North Carolina and California.
Tiger head coach Pete Walker said the opportunity will be life-changing for the students.
“It’s a great opportunity for them to grow and make decisions on their own. I expect they will make a huge impact [on their new teams] immediately. They all have great character. I’m very proud of these kids and the way they carry themselves. They’ll give Clewiston football a good name,” said Coach Walker.
When moving on from high school to college play, the students can expect the level of the game to increase. Coach Walker equated the change to moving from Pop Warner to varsity, saying the speed of the game and the level of the athletes the students will soon be competing against will be much more intense. But that is a challenge the coach believes his players are up for.
Although playing at the college level is the next step towards going pro, Walker said the students’ main focus should be getting a quality education.
“The main thing they need to look for is a college education and degree so they can choose what they want to do when they graduate,” said Coach Walker.
The students will embark on their new journeys after graduation this year, and Walker said there could be more students signing in the near future.
“We had a lot of good football players this year,” said Coach Walker. “We’re still in the process of signing others kids, so we’re not done yet.”
The following students signed during last week’s ceremony:
Kyree Marshall, Warner University, Lake Wales, Fla.
Joe Hernandez, Warner University, Lake Wales, Fla.
Jarvirus Bradford, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Alexander Blaithwaite, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Lenorris Gaines, Butte Community College, Oroville, Calif.
Dominik Spain, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, N.C.
De’Vontae Weekley, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla.