FORT LAUDERDALE It’s no secret that the Mid-American Conference thrives on the talent and speed from South Florida, but on National Signing Day that couldn’t have been more apparent for one school. Northern Illinois signed five players from the area, including Cypress Bay three-star cornerback Deion Hallmon.
Boyd Anderson wide receiver David Senior, Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver Christian Blake, Park Vista linebacker Renard Cheren, and Dwyer wide receiver Ezra Saffold all signed with the Huskies as well.
Northern Illinois – who played in the 2013 Orange Bowl – has been able to make the most out of it’s limited exposure in South Florida.
“They’re coming to the right place for players, we have some of the best talent in the state,” Blake said after faxing in his letter-of-intent. “A MAC team doesn't make a big game like [the Orange Bowl], so they must be doing something right.”
Northern Illinois wasn’t the only MAC school to get on the South Florida action. Miami (OH) signed Dwyer running back Alonzo Smith, Akron inked Boynton Beach cornerback Kyron Brown, and Western Michigan landed the services of Royal Palm Beach linebacker Alon Sims. Dwyer wide receiver Clint Sims signed with Bowling Green and UMass landed Royal Palm Beach linebacker Zeke Edmonds on a signing day decision.
In all, ten players from the Palm Beach and Broward Counties signed with MAC schools.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun