Leading Palmetto High football defenders sign Division I letters of intent


— Two of Palmetto High's leading defensive players signed national letters of intent with Division I colleges this morning on National Signing Day.

Former Lincoln High star and NFL great Henry Lawrence was on hand to speak and congratulate the Tigers, who led their team to the Class 5A state semifinal.

Linebacker Daqual Randall, who intially committed to Louisville before deciding on Western Kentucky, signed with the Hilltoppers today. Defensive back Dallas Jackson is off to Jacksonville.

Also signing commitments today were Kevin Healy (Massachusetts Maritime Academy), Kevin O'Brien (preferred walk-on at Florida Atlantic) and Trai Sanders (preferred walk-on at USF).

Despite missing three games, Randall was second on the Tigers with 91 solo tackles, which gave him a team-high 122 tackles. A solid 6-0, 230 pounds, Randall covered a lot of ground, helping him rack up nine tackles for losses, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and score two touchdowns.

A bonafide ball hawk, Jackson was a prototypical shutdown cornerback. He topped the Tigers with seven interceptions and was credited with 42 solo tackles. The 5-10, 175-pound speedster had a total of 55 tackles, forced a fumble and had one tackle for loss. He has the size and speed you want in a corner at the next level.

Palmetto's quarterback, Trent Miller, said he is headed to USF as a preferred walk-on.

Miller moved to Florida from Buffalo after working under Chris Weinke at the IMG Football Academy. Miller's mother moved back up to Buffalo earlier this year and he was going to stay down here, but that plan change when his mother got sick, and Trent moved back up to help take care of her while his dad worked in New York City.

Read more about Palmetto's signing day in Thursday's edition of the Bradenton Herald.

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