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Student-athletes honored on National Signing Day

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Heritage is home to some of the most elite student-athletes in the nation for virtually every sport – a reality showcased Feb. 2 on National Signing Day. A record 37 athletes officially committed to their respective colleges by signing the National Letter of Intent.

The athletes received appreciation from Athletics Director Mrs. Karen Stearns as she opened the ceremony with a statement congratulating the athletes on achieving their goals after their hard work throughout high school. Most athletes had already verbally committed to their college, but many fans were anxious to hear where senior TJ Slaton, the third best offensive guard in the nation according to 247sports, would decide to play football next year. Slaton had many D-1 offers including the University of Alabama and the University of Miami, however, he ultimately chose to team up again with fellow senior Marco Wilson at the University of Florida.

Senior Kai-Leon Herbert was also closely watched, as he had recently decommitted from his six year verbal commitment to the University of Michigan and later verbally committed to the University of Miami.

For all the athletes, this event marked an important step in each athlete’s journey in both academics and athletics. Below are all of the athletes who signed and to which colleges.



Anthony Boix – Broward College

Justin Connell – Florida International University

Israel Cordero – Barry University

Cody Cortelli – Pomona-Pitzer College

Travis Holt – High Point University
Austin Sacks – John Hopkins University

Christian Santana – Florida International University

Mark Vientos – University of Miami



Drew Lamont – American University



Skyla Osceola – Nova Southeastern University


Will Allen III – Columbia University

Jason Brown – Harvard University

Dontavius Butler – University of Pittsburgh

George Ellis III – Texas Christian University

Javier Garcia – Marist College

Willie Hampton – University of Nebraska

Robert Hawkins – Florida Atlantic University

Kai-Leon Herbert – University of Miami

Michael Hicks – Fort Valley State University
Brandon Mincey – Garden City Community College
Tedarrell Slaton Jr. – University of Florida

Marco Wilson – University of Florida
Blake Wooden – Columbia University



Jonathon Cachon – University of South Florida



Joseph Weisberg – Haverford College



Jonathan Gomes – University of North Carolina at Wilmington



Chyanne Dennis – University of South Florida

Rikki Farquharson – University of South Florida
Jaida Scott – University of Central Florida
Emma Vasquez – Jacksonville State University



Sydney Grobman – Yale University
Brooke Langston- University of Tennessee
Michalla Redick – Indian River State College

Maya Rodriguez – Caldwell University

Olivia Saviskas – Lynn University
Jendayi Wright – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


Ronia Dolabany – Hofstra University

(Photo/Gianna Sanchez)

1 Comment

  1. I hope that next year American Heritage takes a look at and follows the trend set by St. Thomas. While it is good that the Athletes get recognition, life is much more than about the athletes. In fact, very few athlete scholars go on to make it to the professional level. This year, St. Thomas in combination with the athletics signing day honored/recognized all their seniors (those in fine arts) that had also achieved National Signing Day scholarships//honors – not just those in athletics. This was a first and hopefully a new trend set by St. Thomas.

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