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Amari Burney among three players leaving CCC



Three Clearwater Central Catholic starters – Amari Burney, Deandre Ferguson and Dane Saltarelli  – have decided to transfer to other schools

Burney and Ferguson, both rising seniors, are leaving to attend Calvary Christian starting on Monday. The two are receivers/defensive backs who helped the Marauders to district titles each of the last three seasons and to two state semifinal appearances during that span.

Burney is a four-star prospect according to 247Sports and has offers from schools such as Florida State, Michigan and Ohio State. This past season, he had 331 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

He said the decision to go to Calvary Christian was based on coaching.

Last season, CCC assistant Chris Harvey was promoted to head coach, replacing his father-in-law John Davis, who retired. In his debut season, Harvey led CCC to a 9-2 record and a trip to the region final. It was the first time the Marauders failed to reach the state semifinals in five seasons.

Both losses this past season came on last minute goal-line stands.

In December, Davis agreed to return as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Burney said it wasn’t enough to influence him to stay.

“(Davis returning) didn’t matter at all,” Burney said.

Ferguson had a four catches for 79 yards and a touchdown last season.

Saltarelli, a tight end who will be a rising senior, is transferring to IMG. Last season, he had two catches for 43 yards and a touchdown last season.

“It is what it is,” Harvey said. “It’s a loss for the school but something that happens. CCC did a lot for those players the past three years but they wanted to go somewhere else. We want players who are happy to be here and if they’re not then they should go to another school.

“In the end, we’ll be fine.”


[Last modified: Sunday, January 8, 2017 11:05pm]


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