Posted: 12:56 pm Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Former American Heritage starters Jhavon Williams, Mike Maldonado to transfer to Palm Beach Central 

By Post Staff

Former American Heritage starters Jhavon Williams and Mike Maldonado have decided to transfer to Palm Beach Central, Williams said.

Williams (Rivals.com)

Williams (Rivals.com)

Williams, American Heritage’s top cornerback and a rising senior, said he and Maldonado, a starting linebacker on last year’s team, are “in the process” of filing the necessary paperwork to complete the move. Palm Beach Central coach Rod Harris could not confirm the players’ transfer, saying that no one with those names had registered at Central. However, American Heritage coach and athletics director Doug Socha did confirm that both students had withdrawn from American Heritage.

Williams (5-11, 180, No. 17 on the Preseason 2012 Big Board) said that Palm Beach Central was the “home school” for both he and the rising senior Maldonado (5-10, 200).

“We only get one shot at enjoying and taking all of this in and having the opportunity to just concentrate on academics and football without all of the other stuff will be a huge relief,” Williams said in a series of text messages.

Asked to expand on what he meant by “other stuff,” Williams responded, “I really want to keep it positive. I love my teammates (at American Heritage) and we accomplished a lot together.”

Williams was a Post All-Area second teamer in 2010. He’s already received verbal scholarship offers from Kentucky and New Mexico, and is expected to receive more this summer.

He and Maldonado join a Palm Beach Central team loaded with athletes, particularly Miami commit Angelo Jean-Louis and emerging star E.J. Sardinha. The Broncos are in what appears to be a wide-open district in 2011 with Boca Raton, John I. Leonard and Park Vista.

“I’m really excited,” Williams said. “Trust me, we’re gonna win games.”

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