TALLAHASSEE, Fla (Nov. 16) – FAMU Athletics announced 16 early signees of National letters of Intent to compete for the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers. Of the signees baseball(5), softball (4), women’s basketball (3), mens basketball (2) , bowling (1) and women’s track (1) will comprise the signing class.
“We are excited that these student-athletes have chosen to pursue their careers at Florida A&M. We look forward to them succeeding in the classroom, on the field and in life with us as they enter the next phase of their lives,” said athletic director Milton Overton.
Christopher Vervoordt – INF/OF Bats: L Throws: R 6’4, 220lbs
School: TNXL Academy Hometown: St. Cloud, FL
Ryan Coscarella - Middle INF Bats: R Throws: R 5’8, 150lbs
School: Melbourne Central Catholic Hometown: Palm Bay, FL
Dayron Rodriguez – INF/OF Bats: L Throws: R 6’1, 220lbs
School: Coral Springs Charter Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Hunter Todd – INF Bats: R Throws: R 5’9, 190lbs
School: Redan High School Hometown: Covington, GA
Michael A. Randolph Jr, 6'4, PG, 2018, Booker T Washington H.S in Pensacola,Fl
“We’re elated over Michael “MJ” Randolph, Jr’s decision to further his academic and basketball endeavors at FAMU. Every young man we sign brings value to FAMU while pursuing their goals. That said, it’s very important to be able to recruit quality in-state student-athletes.” “Using “coach speak,” we got a steal in MJ.” He’s a 6’4 point guard with a great feel for how the game should be played. His size, defensive prowess and understanding of how to play should enable him to help our team from day one. Even more impressive is the manner in which he’s distinguished himself academically as he prepares to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. If that’s not enough, MJ also manages to find time to mentor a seven year old kid at 7:00 AM once a week. MJ who attends Pensacola Washington HS was named 1st Team All Area, and Scholar Athlete of The Year in 2016-17. MJ’s sister Crystal is in the School of Nursing at FAMU. – Robert McCullum, Head Basketball Coach
We’re thrilled to announce the addition of 6’3 shooting guard Dexter Smith to our program. Dexter, a Chicago native currently attends Shawnee Community College in Ullin, IL. “The way we want to play and build our program, along with where the game of basketball has gone from a style of play standpoint, having outstanding 3pt shooters is an absolute must.” Dexter brings that ability to our program. In addition, he’s a very good defender who takes a great deal of pride in his defense. Dexter is also really advanced in terms of his commitment in the weight room. Dexter had 6 games as a high school senior where he made 5 or more 3 pointers in a game. He began his freshman year on fire from 3 pt range before being sidelined with a stress fracture in his foot. “Without question, we expect Dexter to come in next season and distinguish himself as one of the MEAC’s premier 3pt shooters.” – Robert McCullum, head Basketball Coach
LeAnne McLaughlin, of Space Coast Jr./Sr. High, accepted Coach Karen Brown’s challenge in becoming the latest addition to the 2018-2019 bowling squad. LeAnne is projected to graduate earning the High School diploma, while simultaneously earning the Associate of Science Degree, both with honors. Her bowling prowess is legendary.
, Multi/Jumps | Hallandale, FL/ Hallandale High/ Barton Community College
Personal Bests: Pentathlon (3441), Heptathlon (4496), High Jump (1.73m/ 5’8”)
- Major- Psychology
- State Champion in High Jump at 2014 Florida State Championships
- 4th place finish in Pentathlon at 2017 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship
- 3rd place finish in Heptathlon at 2017 NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship
- Other schools recruiting her: Clemson, Ohio State, Texas State, Minnesota State, Missouri State, Alabama State and Southern Illinois University