Bahamian Denzel Daxon commits to ‘The U’
After just a couple months of playing organized football, Bahamian Denzel Daxon has locked on with one of the more storied collegiate football in America.
Daxon was offered a full scholarship by the University of Miami, and verbally committed to that institution last Saturday. He is the latest member of the Miami Hurricanes Class of 2019.
At 6’3” and 305 pounds, with tremendous quickness and agility, it didn’t take long for Daxon to catch the eye of Miami coaches. Once his midseason film started circulating, the high school junior at Miami Norland Senior High School in Miami Gardens, Florida, USA, started receiving a number of offers. Among them were those from Miami, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.
As a long-time fan of the team, the ’Canes was Daxon’s first choice.
“It’s a blessing. All of this is a blessing. It’s a dream come true,” said Daxon to Miami Diehards – a media/news company in South Florida.
The defensive lineman’s first bit of football activity came only a few weeks after he arrived in the United States this summer. The Hurricanes held their Paradise Camp on July 23 in Coral Gables, Florida, and Daxon was required to be there. It was his first chance to make an impression on Miami, and Daxon didn’t disappoint. As his guardian Michael Tunsil recalls, Daxon was the only camper to overpower 4-star Miami offensive guard commit Delone Scaife during drills.
The Hurricanes took notice. Daxon was offered a scholarship on October 14, and this past Saturday he verbally committed at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. It was a surreal feeling for Daxon, particularly since the offer came so soon after he arrived in the United States.
According to reports, he’s been turning heads at Miami Norland all season, so much so that he’s been given the name “Big Suh” by his teammates and coaches, which is indicative of his play resembling that of Miami Dolphins’ defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Daxon even wears No. 93, like Suh does for the Dolphins.
As for Tunsil, he’s not just Daxon’s guardian in Miami, but also an assistant coach at Miami Norland, two years after stepping down as the Head Coach at Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, Florida. One of the standouts during Tunsil’s tenure at Champagnat Catholic was Christian Strachan, another Bahamian who now plays offensive line for the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds in the Lone Star Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.
Strachan was the one who turned Tunsil on to Daxon, and it has worked out so far. Daxon knew he had the build it took to be good at the sport, even if there weren’t many chances for him back in The Bahamas.
“I always wanted to go to Miami, so getting an offer was a blessing,” he said. “I committed. There was no question about it.”
In his first season at Miami Norland, the teenage sensation is already one of the team’s most productive defensive players, and feels he’s improving each day. Daxon is just thankful his beloved Hurricanes took notice.
It continues to be a work in progress for the Bahamian defensive tackle at Miami Norland.