From the first time he carried the ball as a youngster for the Lauderhill Lions youth football program, Dareyon Chance was destined to be a star.
On Monday, after visiting Western Michigan University, the 5-6, 180-pound Cardinal Gibbons running back made his decision.
"This is a program that is moving in a positive direction," Chance said. "They have a number of Floridians on the roster, which said to me that they want to continue bringing in speed and athletes. I think it's a great fit for me."
Recruited by a number of schools, Chance narrowed down his choices, and when he picked the Broncos, it came down to playing time and an opportunity to make a contribution.
"Dareyon has been a true blessing for this program over the past four years," said head coach Mike Morrill. "He came into this school and got better every year."
Although he was injured during his senior season, Chance managed to lead the Chiefs into the playoffs and was chosen for two post season all-star games. Just last Friday night, he helped to lead the Broward team to a 29-20 win over Miami-Dade. In December, he competed in the BCAA All-Star event.
While he had a number of quality games, one of the highlights of his impressive career came during his junior season when he ran for over 200 yards in a regular season meeting against powerhouse Glades Central. It was in that game that he caught the attention of Raiders' head coach Jessie Hester, who called him "one of the top backs his team faced all year."
Chance, who was also looking at Toledo, Central Michigan and FAU, will join teammate Garrett Smith and Dillard linebacker Desmond Bozeman, who committed to Western Michigan as well.
"I grew up with both Garrett and Desmond and have played with Garrett in high school the past four years, so this is a perfect situation for me," Chance said.
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