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Oxbridge's Leonard says Auburn is "dream school"

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Travion Leonard and Tyler Williams highlighted a talented group of Oxbridge seniors submitting their letters of intent on National Signing Day.

The ThunderWolves saw six players sign to play at the next level, with Robert Holmes, Darnell Robinson, Simeon Phillips and Damon Daniel also signing.

A Super 11 selection at cornerback, Leonard will be heading to the SEC to play for Auburn. The senior was previously committed to North Carolina, but flipped to the Tigers on Dec. 12. The three-star recruit was a lockdown corner for the ThunderWolves and helped anchor one of the best secondaries in the county.

"When I went up to Auburn, I loved it," said Leonard. "It really showed me how much class the coaching staff and how much class the people at the school had and that's why I chose Auburn. I know if football wasn't there, I would enjoy school."

The Lou Groza Player of the Year in Palm Beach County, Williams will be playing at Wake Forest. The 5-foot-11, 295-pound defensive tackle dominated the line of scrimmage this past season, overpowering opposing linemen and frequently blowing up plays in the backfield.

"This is what I worked for all four years," said Williams. "I'm excited. It's D1 football and I can't wait for it. My goal for freshman year is to be Freshman All-American, keep my grades up and make college how my high school career was."

Holmes, a 6-foot-5, 335-pound right guard signed with Connecticut, where he'll joing Oxbridge alum A.J. Garson, a freshman tight end. Holmes was originially a FAU commit, but backed off that pledge following the dismissal of coach Charlie Partridge and committed to the Huskies last week.

For Holmes, signing his letter of intent was a monumental moment in his life.

"I'll be the first person in my family to go to college," said Holmes. "So it's a big accomplishment for me. I'm starting a tradition going on throughout my family. I had tough times, but I like to start a family of my own hopefully."

Phillips won't be going far, as he'll play down the road at start-up Keiser University. The 6-foot-1, 300-pound defensive tackle will be reunited with former Oxbridge coach Doug Socha, who was hired two weeks ago to lead the fledgling program. The Seahawks are slated to begin play in 2017 and will compete in NAIA Division II.

"It's great, I believe in [Socha] a lot," said Phillips. "That actually swayed me a little bit because I believe what he can do to a program. He came in last-minute and offered me an offer I couldn't refuse. My girlfirend still goes to school here, so that helps and it was something I couldn't refuse."

"I'm used to Doug Socha and how he coaches, so I'm not going to be shocked. When he was there, he tried to prepare us for college and I'm there

Robinson, a standout cornerback, signed with Yale, while linebacker Damon Daniel inked with Valdosta State.

Oxbridge Academy soccer players Jordan Schaefer and Alex Michael Petrizzi also signed with Maryland and Louisville, respectively.

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