Winning a 6A state title is starting to pay off for a number of Miramar High football players.
Over the weekend, linebacker Jamaal Bass, who is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the state title game against DeLand, and safety Keondrick Lyn went to Northern Illinois University for a visit. While both liked the visit, both players insist that the verbal commitment made is not the end of the process.
“They both liked the trip and the coaching staff, but both will still explore everything before making that final decision on Feb. 3,” head coach Damon Cogdell said.
Bass, who had been recruited by schools such as FIU, Mississippi and West Virginia, was regarded as one of the top prospects in the state over the past three years. He is recovering nicely from his injury.
Lyn, who made the most out of his senior year, is also being looked at by several schools. The 6-2, 200-pound safety played in the Nike Miami-Dade/Broward game last Friday night and turned quite a few heads with his size and speed.
“The visit to Northern Illinois was great, and while we both committed, it isn’t the end of the process,” Lyn said. “There are several schools that are still showing interest.”
While verbal commitments are not binding, many schools use them as a measuring stick to see what they have to sign over the next month. Like many schools across the country, Northern Illinois wants their recruits to be comfortable with the decision, and with Bass and Lyn, exploring other options is something every athlete in the nation does.
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