IMMOKALEE, Fla - The small rural community of Immokalee is celebrating a historic day in sports. Five high school football players signed national letters of intent to play for Division I schools, including top 10 recruit Mackenzie Alexander.
The national spotlight was on Immokalee High School as Mackenzie Alexander announced he is heading for Clemson. His decision was broadcast live on ESPN U and added to an already historic day for the Indian program.
"This was the biggest division one group we've had at one time," says Immokalee Athletic Director Tony Allen.
Four other Immokalee players also committed to division one schools. Mackenzie's twin brother Mackenro Alexander chose Auburn, Dedrin Senat chose South Florida, Jacky Marcellus signed with West Virginia and Tshumbi Johnson announced he will play for Cincinnati.
Johnson's younger brother D'ernest, a junior who has verbally committed to the University of Florida, says watching his teammates and brother sign those letters proves anything is possible with hard work.
"He's the first person in our family to go to college and play football. It's really amazing." says D'ernest. "He's the star of the family right now."
Athletic Director Tony Allen knows these scholarships will forever change the lives of these five young men and their families as they prepare to fulfill their dreams.
"It gives the younger kids something to lookup to, something to aspire to and let them know with hard work and some skill you can have an opportunity to better yourself and your family situation," says Allen.
Today was the first day for players to officially sign letters of intent. More players from the 2012 Immokalee team are expected to sign at division one school in the coming weeks.