Boca Ciega's Orhian Johnson, standing at a table, was prepared to make his college selection before family and friends.
On a table before him were baseball caps from Indiana, USF and Ohio State.
Johnson reached for the green and gold USF hat, saying he was going to be playing close to home.
Then he put it back on the table.
Seconds later, Johnson bent the visor on the Ohio State cap and placed it on his head, signifying that he was accepting a scholarship to play for the Buckeyes.
"Everyone is going to have to drive up the East Coast a little to see me," he said.
Johnson, a quarterback/defensive back who is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, was among the last of Pinellas County's top athletes to make a decision on where to go to college.
He said it was a difficult choice.
"It came down to USF and Ohio State," Johnson said. "For me, the biggest thing was having family in Ohio, which makes it easier to play away from home."
Johnson mulled the decision the past few days. He didn't make up his mind until Wednesday morning.
"I even had a friend design T-shirts of both schools," Johnson said.
Though he was a quarterback with the Pirates, Johnson said his primary position will be defensive back at Ohio State.
Other Boca Ciega football players who signed wereJa-Vonta Trotter (Murray State) and Johnny Hartsfield (Hofstra).
Tough choices: Largo quarterback/defensive back Leonard Johnson's recruiting process has been filled with indecision.
Tuesday he narrowed his choices to West Virginia and Iowa State.
But he sill had trouble picking one.
"I couldn't sleep at all," Johnson said. "It got so bad I turned on PlayStation and let the computer simulate games between both schools. Iowa State won the first time, West Virginia won the next."
Johnson waited until 10 a.m. Wednesday to make his choice official. He picked the Cyclones, who had recruited him from the beginning.
"They were with me through the whole process," Johnson said.
"The defensive staff came down twice to see me, and I feel like I talk to coach (Gene) Chizik more than I do my own girlfriend."
Johnson was joined by two other Packer signees,Brynn Harvey (Central Florida) and Daniel Delguidice (Jacksonville).
All three had a signing day ceremony in the school's cafeteria, where Johnson's family prepared a feast for the team.
Signed, sealed, delivered: As expected, Northeast's top three players - Armando Sanchez (USF), Jeff Brinson (Iowa) and Javonta Boyd (Kansas State) - signed with the schools they originally committed to the past two months.
All three wore shirts bearing the name of their college choices. Brinson and Boyd went so far as to have T-shirts custom-made.
"My brother took a week to put mine together," Brinson said.