National Signing Day is Wednesday, when high school football players across the country will put their name to paper and commit to play for their institution of choice at the collegiate level.
Currently, in Battle Creek, there are three players expected to sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday at the Division I or Division II level.
The top recruit in the area is also ranked as one of the top players in the state. Battle Creek Central’s Brandon Randle was recently listed as the No. 6 prospect in the state of Michigan by the Detroit Free Press.
Randle verbally committed to sign with Michigan State University in the early summer. The Bearcat linebacker was first offered by the Spartans last March. After his senior season, Randle went from a three-star recruit to a four-star recruit and recently played in the U.S. Army All-American Game.
Randle, at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, was a standout two-way player for Battle Creek Central, playing defensive end/outside linebacker on defense as well as receiver on offense. Randle helped the Bearcats to a share of the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division title this season.
Randle finished his senior season with 79 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, with four fumble recoveries, including two he ran back for touchdowns. Randle also earned all-league, All-City and All-State honors for the Bearcats.
BCC teammate Cyntell Williams recently committed to play football at Ferris State University, a Division II school.
Williams said he was also being recruited by Grand Valley, Saginaw Valley and Wayne State, while getting interest from Miami (Ohio) and Ball State.
A standout two-way player, Williams brought speed to both sides of the ball for the Bearcats during a 4-5 season. Williams earned all-conference honors in the SMAC as he averaged 6.5 yards per carry on offense as a running back with 470 yards and had 54 tackles and an interception from his safety spot.
The most recent commit was Lakeview running back Dre’On Kemp. Kemp, a record-breaking running back at Lakeview, has verbally committed to play football at Grand Valley State University, a Division II school.
Kemp finished his career at Lakeview second on the all-time list for rushing yards and for touchdowns after helping the Spartans to a 6-4 record, a third straight division title and a fourth-straight spot in the playoffs. Kemp also earned honorable mention honors on the Class A All-State team, while being named all-league and All-City after getting 1,107 yards and 18 touchdowns his senior year.
Kemp said he also was being recruited by Ferris State and Saginaw Valley.