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Football: Wharton’s Keil commits to Davidson

Posted Apr 21, 2014 by Nick Williams

Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 05:21 PM

Wharton senior Jeff Keil Jr., a running back for the Wildcats this past season, has verbally committed to Davidson, his father Jeff Keil said.

Keil rushed for 876 yards and 11 touchdowns this season in helping Wharton reach the 8A region quarterfinals. Keil also had 40 receptions for 520 yards and four TDs.

Keil was selected to the Tribune’s All-Hillsborough County Football second-team after the season.

Davidson is a member of the Pioneer Football League, the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference.

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Football: Chamberlain’s Davis to Toledo, Berkeley Prep’s Iglehart to Wake Forest

Posted Feb 3, 2014 by Nick Williams

Updated Feb 3, 2014 at 03:07 PM

Berkeley Prep kicker/punter Austin Iglehart will sign with Wake Forest, the school announced.

Iglehart was 20 of 22 in PATs and made 6 of 11 field goal attempts, his longest kick being from 45 yards out. He also recorded 14 touchbacks and averaged 43.15 yards per punt.

Teammate Jared Shimberg, a tight end/defensive end, will sign with Brown University.

Chamberlain linebacker Anthony Davis, who recently helped the South All-Stars win the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at Raymond James Stadium, will sign with Toledo on National Signing Day, coach Cam Jones said.

In other football recruiting news:

Strawberry Crest offensive lineman Cody Nulph will sign with Stetson University.

Gaither players, Jeff Suarez, Matt Williams and DJ King will sign with Wagner University.

Brandon senior OL/DL Darren Lester will sign a letter of intent to attend New Mexico Military Institute (JUCO) in Roswell.

Plant City’s Dylan Johnson will sign with Southeastern University; Quincy Robinson to Butte Junior College and Austin Fernandez to Ridgewater College.





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.’”

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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.

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Pasco High senior ATH Malik Johns commits to Samford (Ala)

Posted Dec 25, 2013 by Mike Camunas

Updated Dec 25, 2013 at 03:50 PM

Pasco senior athlete Malik Johns got himself quite the Christmas present.

The Pirates 5-foot-11, 170-pound, do-it-all speedster tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he has committed to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

“I decided to take my talents to SAMFORD UNIVERSITY!! I committed. I will be a bulldog,” Johns tweeted at about 2:30 p.m.

Johns, who also stars on Pasco’s basketball and baseball teams, was the Pirates main offensive weapon and return specialist during their 7-4 season this past fall. Johns chose Samford over others such as FAU, FIU and UMass, where he could have joined former Pirates teammate Trey Dudley-Giles.

Johns, a first team selection for the Sunshine Athletic Conference and Tampa Tribune‘s All-Pasco Football team at the athlete position, accumulated 1,832 all-purpose yards and 22 total touchdowns while playing receiver, running back, quarterback, defensive back and kickoff and punt returner.

Johns becomes Pasco’s second football commitment for their 2014 class, joining teammate and lineman R.J. Scaife, who committed to Western Kentucky on Monday.

Samford went 8-5 this past season.

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