Large Group Of Early Signees Shows Off Miami-Dade Talent
Across South Florida and the nation high school seniors realized their dreams coming true of moving on to play college baseball. National Early Signing Day has become such an important occasion that it has now been extended to encompass a two-week stretch in which senior athletes are able to sign their college letters-of-intent with their respective colleges. Over these past two weeks numerous baseball players across Miami-Dade County embraced this opportunity to make their commitments official.
Florida Christian represented the largest group from one school, as six seniors all signed together during a special ceremony held on the campus. Patriots manager Chris Brigman was overcome with emotion as he spoke to congratulate his guys, and he expressed the pride they brought to the program, and especially in that they are all going to recognized and competitive schools. Brandon Chinea signed with Tennessee, Ruben Someillan with Jacksonville, Christian Coipel at Florida International University, Robert Fabelo with Florida Gulf Coast, Jorge Iza at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Cristian Martin to Broward Community College.
“It’s a relief that everything I worked for paid off. I am going to college and I get to play the game that I love,” Jorge Iza said. “It’s a blessing being able to get an education paid for, and being able to sign along with my best friends is just awesome. It shows that we have talent, and hopefully we perform this year and become a team. Hopefully we win and go far this year.”
Class 8A defending state champion Columbus also had a large signing group of five players. Danny Bello is also headed to Fairleigh Dickenson University, both Andy Arguelles and Jose Machado to Florida International University, Mike Navarette will play at Santa Fe Community College and Hernen Sardinas at Maine University.
South Dade also enjoyed a large group, with four seniors all signing together. Gabe Cruz is going to Bryant University, Chris Gomez to the University of Pittsburgh, Danny Vaughan is headed to Charlestone Southern University and Alek Manoah to the University of West Virginia.
Each program observed the occasion its own way, no matter how large the group. Miami Springs senior Dylan Carter signed with Barry University and later enjoyed a picnic with the team to celebrate.
As exciting as it may be, the entire process of finding the right college fit can also be a strenuous and challenging experience. As each senior lifts that pen and touches it to the paper, there is an unmistakable euphoria that occurs to help wash away all the weight that bore down on them along the way. Any pressure felt is immediately swept away and replaced by the satisfaction of reaching the peak.
Many more seniors will wait until later in the spring to enjoy their chance to sign for college. Numerous underclassmen have also recently announced their commitments while they too await their chance to sign in the years to come. For SLAM Academy junior Jeter Downs, who recently committed to the University of Central Florida, it also marks the first time any baseball player at the school has announced an early commitment.
Miami-Dade Signees & Commitments
Pablo Arevalo, Belen Jesuit – Barry University
Christian DelCastillo, Belen Jesuit – Seton Hall
Albert Maury, Belen Jesuit – Tulane University
Ayeobele Randolph, Carol City – Morris College
James Falmar, Carol City – Morris College
Andy Arguelles, Columbus – Florida International University
Danny Bello, Columbus – Fairleigh Dickenson University
Jose Machado, Columbus – Florida International University
Mike Navarette, Columbus – Santa Fe Community College
Hernen Sardinas, Columbus – Maine University
Elijiah Eusebio, Coral Gables – Florida Gulf Coast
Tyler Santana, Coral Gables – Jacksonville University
Paul McIntosh, Dade Christian – Seminole State
Brandon Chinea, Florida Christian – University of Tennessee
Christian Coipel, Florida Christian – Florida International University
Robert Fabelo, Florida Christian – Florida Gulf Coast
Jorge Iza, Florida Christian – Fairleigh Dickinson University
Ruben Someillan, Florida Christian – Jacksonville University
Christian Martin, Florida Christian – Broward Community College
Richie Benavides, Keys Gate Charter – Hannibal LaGrange University
Alan Quezada, Keys Gate Charter – Hannibal LaGrange University
William Sanchez, Keys Gate Charter – Quincy University
Daniel Rodriguez, LaSalle – Spring Hill College
George Fernandez, LaSalle – FIU
Tyler Perez, Mater Academy – South Alabama
Jaime Gonzalez, Miami Christian – Frank Phillips College
Dylan Carter, Miami Springs – Barry University
David Cervantes, Miami Sunset – Alvin Community College
Jorge Arenas, Monsignor Pace – Stetson University
Chris Rodriguez, Monsignor Pace – Jacksonville University
Jarrett Pico, Palmer Trinity – University of Southern California
Julio Creazzola, Reagan – Nyack College
Christian De Los Santos, Reagan – State Fair Community College
Cristobel Arenas, SLAM Academy – Chattanooga State Community College
Jeter Downs, SLAM Academy – University of Central Florida
Brian Frias, SLAM Academy – St. Thomas University
Luis Padron, SLAM Academy – Chattanooga State Community College
Gabe Cruz, South Dade – Bryant University
Chris Gomez, South Dade – University of Pittsburgh
Alek Manoah, South Dade – University of West Virginia
Danny Vaughan, South Dade – Charleston Southern University
Ryan Denis, St. Brendan – Fairleigh Dickinson University
Ryan Hernandez, St. Brendan – Saint Louis University
Dylan Cloonan, Westminster Christian – University of Miami
Alvaro Valdez, Westminster Christian – Hillsborough Community College
Jakob Zarello, Westminster Christian – University of North Florida