After a scandalous and frustrating finish to the 2014 season, things are finally looking up for the Miramar Patriots.
Tuesday, the program hired a new coach in longtime Booker T. Washington assistant Pierre Senatus. And now, in a little over a week, a large group of seniors who didn't get a chance to participate in the playoffs in the wake of allegations of academic fraud, impermissible benefits and illegal participation of ineligible players, will get a chance to live out a lifetime dream when they sign with their respective colleges.
“It's definitely going to be a big day for us," Miramar defensive line and strength coach Josh Taylor said Tuesday. "I’m happy for these guys. We have a lot of great kids who are looking forward to opening up the next chapter in their careers and play on the next level. All these guys have been talking about lately is figuring out what they’re going to wear to Signing Day. They're hilarious.”
Taylor said school officials are planning to host the Patriots' Signing Day event at 1 p.m.
Receivers Kahlil Lewis, Jovon Durante and cornerback Tyrek Cole are all a done deal to West Virginia, where they've been committed for some time, Taylor said.
Two players who figure to keep folks guessing up until the last minute: four-star safety Kendrell McFadden and three-star offensive guard Leeward Brown, former West Virginia commitments now looking elsewhere.
"Kendrell's recruiting is wide open right now," Taylor said.
Notre Dame and Kentucky are in the mix for McFadden, Taylor said. "FIU came in recently," Taylor said of Brown. "Tulane came in as well. FAU is also in the mix."
Safety Herbert Miller (FAU) and cornerback Jeff Hill (Northern Illinois) are expected to stick with their respective commitments. Taylor said running back Alex Anderson "will have a couple hats to choose from on the table."
-- MANNY NAVARRO