Posted: 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Signing day is just hours away, but there is little mystery attached to it this year when it comes to local football players.
Nine of the top 10 players on PBGametime’s Class of 2014 Big Board are already verbally committed to schools. Still, we thought we would make some predictions.
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Where is he going?
Rashaun Croney, ATH, Pahokee
Anthony: At one point, it was between South Carolina, Arkansas and FIU. But after Charlie Partridge was hired as FAU’s head coach, Croney added FAU to the list of finalists. Now, it looks like the Owls are the favorite to land Croney. Partridge helped recruit Croney for Arkansas, so their relationship is strong. I see the Pahokee product staying close to home and picking FAU.
Jimmy Moreland, CB, Royal Palm Beach
Anthony: This one is tough to predict. Moreland verbally committed to Coastal Carolina a couple of weeks ago, but he decommitted from the school just days later. For me, that rules out Coastal Carolina. I think Toledo is the favorite now. I spoke with Moreland in January and he said FAU and Toledo were the schools that stood out to him. In my opinion, Toledo is the more realistic school for the cornerback.
Jay Hopson, DB, Pahokee
Anthony: Hopson and Croney are good friends. In fact, Hopson said the two talk to each other about playing for the same school on the college level. Hopson will choose from FAU, Appalachian State, Western Kentucky and Marshall. But he is really intrigued about playing for coach Partridge and FAU, including the possibility of playing with Croney. I think the Owls will get both players. Hopson and Croney will be at FAU next year.
Zeke Edmonds, ATH, Royal Palm Beach
Anthony: Like Moreland, Edmonds committed and decommitted from Coastal Carolina in the same week. Just days after decommitting, he visited UMass. I’m not too sure what Edmonds is going to do. But I know that he enjoyed his visit to UMass, so I’ll go with the Minutemen.
Darrian Josey, WR, Boynton Beach
Anthony: Josey is committed to Hawaii, but I don’t think it’s going to stick. He visited UMass with teammate Kyron Brown over the weekend, and he enjoyed the trip. Again, I believe the allure of playing with his good friend, Brown, gives the edge to UMass. The fact that Josey didn’t close his recruiting process after committing to Hawaii shows that he still had doubts. I’ll pick UMass for both Josey and Brown, an Akron commit.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.