Santaluces running back Diocemy Saint Juste verbally commits to Hawaii
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
by Matt Porter
This Feb. 6 on signing day, Diocemy Saint Juste plans to say what few Palm Beach County players have said before:
Saint Juste, a Santaluces running back, verbally committed to the University of Hawaii on Sunday while on an official visit.
In November, Hawaii coach Norm Chow watched Saint Juste's highlight film and offered him a scholarship. It was his first FBS offer. Soon after, a host of other programs followed, including Rutgers, Memphis, Bowling Green, Illinois, Nevada, Colorado State, TCU, FAU, FIU, Marshall and UMass.
As a senior, Saint Juste (5-feet-9, 185 pounds) rushed for 1,243 yards and 15 touchdowns despite running behind an offensive line that averaged 5-10 1/2 and 222 pounds.
Saint Juste, who could see action as a running back or kick returner, said he's happy to be moving to a true vacation paradise.
"Hawaii is basically the same, except for it has nicer beaches, better hotels and better food, too," he said.
Saint Juste could be the first Palm Beach County player to suit up for the Warriors since Tumarian "Pooh" Moreland, who played at Palm Beach Lakes.
Moreland, who graduated from Lakes in 2001, played two years at Los Angeles Junior College before signing with Hawaii. Saint Juste plans to leap directly from Florida to Hawaii, a distance of more than 6,000 miles and a 12-hour flight.
"It's very similar because of the tropical landscape," said Moreland, who was a defensive back for two years at Hawaii and is now John I. Leonard's offensive coordinator. "The biggest adjustment is the time difference."
Saint Juste said his parents were concerned about the distance but "knew I was in good hands" with Chow and his staff.
In his college days, Moreland recalled the short window he had to communicate with loved ones back home. He remembered taking Wednesday flights to the mainland to adjust in time for Saturday away games, and dealing with plenty of jet lag.
Saint Juste will come to know that later. Right now, he's dealing with more pressing matters, like deciding whether it's cool to wear a Hawaiian shirt and a lei at his signing day ceremony.
Estime says Iowa State pulled offer: Atlantic's Brisly Estime's rocky road to college football has hit another bump.
Estime, a 5-9, 185-pound defensive back, return specialist and a Post All-Area player of the year, said Iowa State revoked his scholarship offer.
According to Estime, Iowa State pulled the offer after he visited Western Michigan last weekend, which ISU did not want him to do.
Estime, who previously committed to Purdue before backing off, has interest from several programs, but it's unclear what verbal scholarship offers currently stand. He plans to visit Arkansas later this month, and Tennessee has shown recent interest. He does not have an offer from either program.
He was named the Post's All-Area large schools player of the year after intercepting four passes as a safety, recording 306 yards and scoring four touchdowns as a receiver, and returning five kicks or punts for touchdowns. He was also an All-State selection.
Heritage kicker Joseph commits: American Heritage kicker Greg Joseph committed to Southeast Missouri State on Monday.
Joseph, an All-State selection and first-team Post All-Area honoree, also had offers from Western Kentucky and Lehigh. He will visit SEMO on Jan. 25.
As a senior, Joseph (6 -1, 192) was 13 of 16 on field goals, and 54 of his 60 kickoffs went for touchbacks.