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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.
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.’”
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.
Football: Plant City’s Broome picks FIU
Posted Dec 19, 2013 by Nick Williams
Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Plant City senior defensive lineman John Broome has verbally committed to Florida International University, Plant City head coach Wayne Ward said Wednesday.
Ward said Broome (6-foot-2, 230 pounds), committed Wednesday afternoon.
Broome finished this past season with 17 sacks and 30 hurries along with 58 tackles for the district runner-up Raiders, which lost in the region quarterfinal to Sickles.
“That was the first big school that offered him,” Ward said. “That’s where he always wanted to go.”
Land O’ Lakes defensive standout Shaheed Salmon picks up first offer
Posted Dec 4, 2013 by Mike Camunas
Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Though it came after a stellar senior season, Land O’ Lakes defensive stalwart Shaheed Salmon tweeted Tuesday evening that he received his first verbal offer: South Dakota State.
“Just recieved my first verbal offer from South Dakota State University! I never thought this day would come! #Blessed” the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker tweeted.
Salmon led the Gators defense with 117 tackles, 8.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown during Land O’ Lakes’ 8-2 season that, unfortunately, ended with missing the playoffs.
The Jackrabbits are a Division I program located in Brookings, South Dakota and went 9-4 and are playing in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.