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February 2, 2012
Raiders send eight on to college
BELLE GLADE - In what was one of the largest signings for Glades Central in recent memory, a total of eight college prospects for the Raiders inked letters of intent on Feb. 1.
Held inside the Belle Glade (Fla.) Boys and Girls Club's Bill Bailey Gymnasium, three-star ATH Dominique Gibson officially announced his commitment to Wake Forest University - the most significant of all the eight Glades Central signees.
"Deep down in my heart, I knew Wake Forest is where I wanted to go," Gibson said. "I wouldn't have it any other way."
Gibson, who verbally committed to Wake Forest this past October, discussed the reasons why he chose to stick to his decision in the end.
"Wake Forest has over 20 players from the state of Florida, with 10 of them from Palm Beach County," Gibson said. "When I went up there on my official visit, coach Jim Grobe and his staff made me feel at home. I had a great time up there. From that point on, there was no turning back."
Gibson talked about Wake Forest's fast start this past season and how he plans to help the Demon Deacons improve in the years to come.
"We're just going to continue to build from last year," Gibson said. "Hopefully, we don't jump out to a fast start and slow down this upcoming season. I would like to help Wake Forest win a lot of games when I'm here."
Meanwhile, three-star WR Jaime Wilson cemented his decision to play college football for Western Michigan. The Glades Central wideout, who visited the Kalamazoo, Mich. School this past weekend, talked about his experience at WMU.
"It seemed like everyone there was a tight-knit family," Wilson said. "Western Michigan showed me a lot of interest. Coach Bill Cubit told me that the offense is very wide open. They run some spread and some pro-style. I think I'm going to fit in very well there."
Wilson's other offers came from Marshall, Memphis and Florida Atlantic.
Speaking of FAU, Glades Central ATH Cre'von LeBlanc officially signed at the Boca Raton, (Fla) school.
"FAU showed me love and their coaches made me feel at home," LeBlanc said. "Knowing my past situation, every other college ran from it, but FAU was the one that stood strong. They showed that they wanted me no matter what."
Glades Central LB Jatavis Brown, perhaps one of Florida's most underrated players regardless of position, announced his decision to play college football for Akron.
The other Glades Central Raiders signees include the following: CB John Brockman III (Point University), OG Tavious Bridges (Shorter University), QB Greg Davis (Lacone (Okla.) University) and CB Isaiah Rodriguez (Campbellsville (Ky.) University).
"It's always good when you're seeing young men do something positive," Glades Central Raiders first-year head coach Roosevelt Blackmon said. "By taking it to the next level, which is college, it's a plus. I'm very proud of all the players and I'm confident they'll do well in the next phase of their football careers."