Posted: 2:16 pm Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Dwyer’s Bobby Puyol, Julian Whigham and Mike Minns sign 

By Jeff Greer

With its two biggest senior prospects already enrolled in college, Dwyer held a small signing ceremony for three other college-bound prospects on Wednesday.

Kicker Bobby Puyol honored his verbal commitment to Connecticut and signed to play for the Huskies. Defensive back Julian Whigham, who recently gained significant interest from Miami, signed with Syracuse, where he’d committed in July. Defensive tackle Mike Minns signed with Bowling Green. He’d verbally committed to the Ohio school on Tuesday.

Quarterback Faton Bauta (Georgia) and left tackle Patrick Miller (Auburn), Dwyer’s big-name recruits, have already enrolled in classes and will participate in spring practices at their new schools.

Puyol (5-11, 170, No. 40 on the Big Board) was the Lou Groza High School Place-Kicker of the Year for the 2011 season. Whigham (6-1, 175, No. 23 on the Big Board) was one of the most valuable players on Dwyer’s defense, which helped the Panthers reach the Class 7A state semifinals with its stifling production.

Minns (6-0, 295, No. 30 on the Big Board) was the anchor on Dwyer’s ferocious defensive line. He chose Bowling Green, where he’ll reunite with former Dwyer teammate Darrell Hunter, over FAU and Middle Tennessee.

The trio signed their national letters of intent in front of a small crowd in Dwyer’s library and media center. Offensive lineman Heath Walker is expected to sign with a school before the signing period ends on April 1, as is linebacker Gage Batten.