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Five Berkekey Prep student-athletes to be recognized at signing ceremony Wednesday

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Nick Williams

Updated Apr 15, 2014 at 05:06 PM

Four student-athletes from Berkeley Preparatory School will sign National Letters of Intent while another will be recognized as a preferred walk on in a joint ceremony on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the school’s Lykes Center for the Arts on Berkeley’s campus.

Warren Backman (Soccer) Emerson College
Marshall Holmes (Basketball) University of Central Florida (preferred walk on)
Paola Maymi (Track and Field) Bowdoin College
Nikki Potts (Diving) University of Florida
Maddie Raquet (Volleyball) Troy University

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Testaverde leads group of seven Jesuit athletes to sign NLI’s Wednesday

Posted Apr 14, 2014 by Nick Williams

Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 04:05 PM

Jesuit senior QB Vincent Testaverde, son of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Heisman Trophy winner, will sign with Texas Tech. Other signees include Joseph Trim (Fordham), who was honored with the Casey Most Valuable Golfer Award this season for Hillsborough County’s top prep golfer.

Kicker Rhett Waldron, who was named first-team All-State in Class 5A, will sign with Augustana (Ill.) College, as will fullback Ryan Black. Lacrosse standout Peyton Elliott, who has led the Tigers to consecutive District titles, will sign with John Carroll (Ohio) University. Baseball players Danny Lastra (Ave Maria) and Nick Bodner (Johns Hopkins) also will sign Wednesday.

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Land O’ Lakes LB Shaheed Salmon commits to Central Arkansas

Posted Jan 29, 2014 by Mike Camunas

Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

A Land O’ Lakes football player will be playing on the college level next season, as the Gators defensive stalwart Shaheed Salmon announced via Twitter he had committed to Central Arkansas.

“I am blessed to say I’ve commited to the University of Central Arkansas!! #GoBears” Salmon tweeted Tuesday evening.

Salmon, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker/defensive lineman, had a team-high 117 tackles, including 21.5 for a loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown for the 8-2 Gators that narrowly missed the playoffs in 2013.

Salmon had a couple of other offers, including South Dakota State and Wyoming, but opted for UCA, which is located in Conway, Ark. The Bears, which play in the Division I Southland Conference, were 7-5 and 4-3 in their conference.

Salmon will be part of new UCA head coach Steve Campbell’s first inaugural signing class, as Campbell was hired to the Bears on Dec. 20.

Correspondent Mike Camunas can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and follow him on Twitter @MikeCamunas.

Pasco WR Nate Craig (2016) transfers to Tampa Catholic

Posted Jan 21, 2014 by Mike Camunas

Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

The Pasco Pirates football team took a hit without even taking the field today, as one of the area’s top receivers and 2016 prospects, Nate Craig, said he was transferring to Tampa Catholic on Tuesday morning.

Craig, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound sophomore who has 17 Division-I offers including Ohio State, Auburn and Florida State and it one of the nation’s top 2016 recruits, enrolled at the private school Tuesday morning, but will not be able to participate in spring football because Tuesday is the second day of the school’s semester.

Craig burst onto the Pasco County football scene in 2012 when he became a starting freshman for the Pirates that went to the Class 5A region finals. In two seasons with Pasco, he had 37 catches for 502 yards and 12 touchdowns. Craig is also the younger brother of former Pasco and Purdue player Josh Johnson, who is now with the San Diego Chargers and the nephew of Trey Dudley-Giles, who is a starting defensive back at Massachusetts.

Coach Tom McHugh said he wasn’t blindsided by the transfer.

“I knew it was coming, just didn’t know when,” McHugh said. “It was ‘in the wind.’”

Correspondent Mike Camunas can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and follow him on Twitter @MikeCamunas.

Pasco TE Bowman Archibald (2015) up to six Division-I offers

Posted Jan 16, 2014 by Mike Camunas

Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

One of the biggest players on the Pasco Pirates offensive line, Bowman Archibald, now has six Division-I offers after Pittsburgh called Thursday morning.

Coach Tom McHugh announced the latest offer via Twitter.

Archibald, a massive 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior, also has offers from Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Archibald had two touchdown catches on offense, plus two and a half sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries on defense for the 7-4 Pirates in 2013.

Correspondent Mike Camunas can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and follow him on Twitter @MikeCamunas.