When Chris Amos started the football program at Sheridan Hills Christian School five years ago, he had two linemen, Jared and Jacob Wheeler, on the squad as seventh and eighth graders respectively.
While the Wheelers moved on and eventually landed at American Heritage, the football team grew and the Sharks became competitive. Jared Wheeler eventually signed with the University of Miami.
On Sunday, the program that practiced on a patch of grass between the baseball and softball fields across the street from the Hollywood school, made history with its first Division 1A commitment.
When lineman David Delsoin gave his verbal commitment to attend FIU, it gave this program a huge lift, and in the process, kept the pipeline from south Florida flowing to the school.
“David is a very special athlete,” head coach Joel Dunn said. “He really has helped to put this program on the map, and we have been able to respond.”
Recruited by schools such as Troy and Purdue, the recruitment for Delsoin began to heat up recently with many programs starting to request tape. Florida schools such as UCF and FAU showed interest and other programs were impressed by what they had watched during the season, in the summer and last season as a junior.
With record-setting running back Frainy Alfrena (Northwood, Michigan) grabbing headlines last season, and Delsoin following this year, Sheridan Hills had become a destination the past few months for big time colleges to pass by.
“It’s about staying close to home and getting the chance for my family to see me play,” said Delsoin. “A few weeks ago, my mother came home and had high blood pressure and just that gave me a sense that I didn't want to be too far away from her."
Delsoin was also impressed by the direction FIU is headed in and the need to sign top-flight line prospects.
"When I came here to Sheridan Hills, they hadn't won a game," Delsoin pointed out. "After a few years, we were right in the playoff mix. I think the same thing is going to happen at FIU. I'm sure of it!"
The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder, who plays on both sides of the ball, was singled out for his outstanding play last season, At off season combines, he started to turn heads and college scouts began to notice and appreciate what they saw.
“We were on David from his sophomore season,” said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. “We had the pleasure of evaluating him early and sent the information and his tapes out to some 50 colleges and universities. FIU landed yet another quality athlete.”
With the commitment of Delsoin, FIU now has impressive athletes such as national recruit Richard Leonard (Killian), and other locals such as Wade Isaac (DL, 6-2, 255, Norland), Khambrel McGee (CB, 5-9, 170, Northwestern), Sam Miller Jr. (DB, 5-10, 175, LaSalle), Randy Williams (S, 6-1, 195, Miami Springs) and Caleb Vincent (LB, 6-2, 225, Hollywood Hills).
Statewide standouts include Mac Brown (DB, 6-0, 155, St. Petersburg Gibbs), Justin Halley (S, 6-2, 181, Boca Raton), Jake Medlock (QB, 6-3, 220, Neptune Beach Fletcher) and Ocala Trinity Catholic running back Kedric Rhodes, a 5-10, 185-pounder.
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