Heather A. is the Florida West Coast Office Manager who has been with Global for almost 13 years. While she spends her days helping her staff send travel club members on vacations of a lifetime, she’s on the sidelines come game time. You see, her youngest son, Dakarai, is a varsity football player at Largo High School in Largo, Florida. And he’s a good one.
“Dakarai has always had either a basketball or football in his hands since he was able to actually hold them on his own,” Heather said. “We could tell he was a natural-born athlete when he started playing basketball at the YMCA when he was five. He was way more advanced than some of the other kids on his team so they had to move him up to the next age level. He started playing little league football three years later and never looked back.”
The talented wide receiver, safety and middle linebacker has played on the varsity football team for the past three years. He had a record-breaking season last year with a team-best 574 receiving yards on offense and he led his team with 73 tackles on defense. During the off-season, Dakarai is vigorously training daily to get ready for his senior season this fall.
Due to Dakarai’s hard work on and off the field, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound 17-year-old is already getting offers. He currently has eight Division I schools interested in him with plenty of time to get more. Contenders are Liberty University, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Western Illinois, University of South Alabama, Charleston Southern University, Southeast Missouri State University and Alcorn State University. His top three choices are Liberty, North Dakota State and South Alabama.
“College is very important because I know it’s something he loves and is very passionate about. I always ask him what’s most important to him and he says, ‘Going to college and getting an education is my first priority and this is why I work so hard to get the scholarship offers for football. But if I get to play football while going to college, it’s just an extra perk for me because I love playing the game,’” Heather says.
Of course mom and dad are both very proud parents, as are his four older brothers and three older sisters. The baby of the family is very excited for his senior year and is hoping for more offers so he can go to school and study Sports Medicine.
National Signing Day is in February of 2016. Heather promises to follow up with Global Explorer after he has committed and signed to the school of his choosing.
Everyone at Global Connections wishes him all the best and much success on the field and in the classroom.