Dwyer wraps up largest signing day in its history - with more to come
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
by Matt Porter
Photo by Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post
Jacoby Brissett (from left), Nick O'Leary and Curt Maggitt take part in Dwyer's signing day celebration. O'Leary signed with FSU, Maggitt signed with Tennessee and Brissett has yet to make a decision.
The largest football signing class in Dwyer High history had all kinds of drama - with three of the state's top recruits, one ongoing mystery and Bill Parcells.
As expected for weeks, star tight end Nick O'Leary signed with Florida State. Defensive end Curt Maggitt walked into an 11 a.m. ceremony wearing a Tennessee-orange tie and inked a scholarship with the Volunteers.
But quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who is considering Florida, Miami, Wisconsin and Washington, said he will announce his college choice before Friday's basketball game between Dwyer and Jupiter at Palm Beach Gardens.
Brissett said he's "60-40" with his decision and needs a few days. His coach Jack Daniels believes he's leaning 60 percent toward Miami. Daniels said Brissett is most comfortable with Wisconsin's coaches, but Madison, Wisc. is a long way from Brissett's Riviera Beach home. The coach thinks Washington now is out of the picture. However, Daniels added, Florida isn't out of the picture - and the Gators haven't stopped pressing Brissett.
"I think he would have [signed] today if he knew where he was going," Daniels said. "I think he's weighing a couple more things, or he would have been here with his teammates.
Brissett has heard from plenty of outside voices - Tuesday, he and Maggitt even got advice from Parcells, the former Dolphins executive. Daniels' father-in-law, a friend of Parcells, set up a lunch meeting at Duffy's in Jupiter. Daniels said Parcells didn't try to sell the players on his friend, Gators offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. "[He] was funny and real informative," Daniels said.
Maggitt, who spent that lunch meeting picking Parcells' brain about defensive schemes, said he'll be a pass-rushing end/linebacker at Tennessee.
"I can't wait to see what the future holds," said Maggitt, who was heavily chased by Florida and Wisconsin. He was leaning Florida at one point, but said Florida's coaching change swayed him. Overall, Maggitt called the recruiting process "a wonderful experience."
"I met a lot of people and did a lot of things, and it's something I'll never forget. I've been to a lot of places I probably wouldn't have if not for football."
Linemen Shubert Bastien (Middle Tennessee) and Keith Bowers (Maryland), wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (Northern Illinois), cornerback Darrell Hunter (Bowling Green) and linebacker Jimelle James (Alabama A&M) also signed letters of intent. Thirteen students in total signed with colleges.
Lineman Daevonte Barnett, running back Shawn McClaine and linebacker Leroy Kelson could sign in the coming days, bringing Dwyer's total even higher.
"It's been a real frantic last couple of weeks," Daniels said. "Phones ringing off the hook and people trying to get in at the last minute on guys. It's a joy to get these guys signed somewhere and not have to field too many phone calls. Obviously with Jacoby out there, there's gonna be some more but it's a great feeling to have a payday like this."
Atlantic's signing class included five Division 1 football players, highlighted by defensive linemen and Virginia Tech signees Luther Maddy and Wedley Estime. Wide receivers J'Rod Beard (Hampton) and Ezekiel Turner (Florida International), and linebacker Jephete Matilus (Minnesota) also signed.
Park Vista had linemen Mike Matulis (South Carolina), Cody Preble (Wake Forest) and Zach Sibrava (Charleston Southern), running back Tre Mason (Auburn) and tight end Matt Rodriguez (Delaware) sign letters of intent. Glades Central celebrated FSU-bound Kelvin Benjamin and Marshall signees Davonte Allen and Robert Way.