Posted: 8:21 pm Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Odds and ends from signing day in the Glades 

By Post Staff

With every signing ceremony, there must come at least a little theatrics…

At Pahokee, De’Joshua Johnson dug something Tennessee orange out of a box and tossed it over his shoulder before pulling out a Florida State hat and putting it on, Raheam Buxton threw a Miami hat into the crowd at the auditorium before donning a Western Michigan hat (Miami pulled its offer to him), and Chris Dunkley announced he was looking forward to the next THREE years at Florida.

Dunkley obviously has big plans for himself at Florida and beyond.

Speaking of Dunkley, his troublesome hamstring is his focus now that he finished his coursework at Pahokee and is waiting around for his May 10 report date at UF.

The hamstring has been a problem for a while and he tweaked it in preparation for the Under Armor All-American game last month. He said he’s been hitting the weight room to get stronger and doing therapy, and he will run track for Pahokee in the spring.

The Gators have told him that if he can get healthy, he has a good chance to play X (i.e. No. 1) receiver his freshman year as they are losing Riley Cooper and David Nelson. But hamstrings can be tricky so we’ll see what happens.

So Marshall coach Doc Holliday seems to be quite the influence.

Glades Central’s Demetrius Evans and Antoine Chisolm say they were both completely sold on Marshall because of him. The Thundering Herd also got Fred Pickett from Pahokee. And Holliday almost convinced Travis Bell to go back on his longstanding commitment to West Virginia but Bell reconsidered and said the Mountaineers’ program was a better fit than Marshall.

“I’m a man of my word and I had committed to West Virginia earlier in the season,” Bell said. “It was a hard decision because Doc Holliday and Jajuan Seider recruited me and without them I was wondering, what direction should I go? But West Virginia still recruited me and nothing changed.”

Evans had a refreshing comment regarding whether or not he was promised playing time with the Thundering Herd.

“Playing time is earned,” Evans said. “Even if they told me I was starting, I wouldn’t believe that. Hard work and dedication is what earns playing time.”