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Tue. September 22, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

Wherever Tarpon Springs OL/DL Clay Paino ends up playing in college, there’s a good chance it will be at a school where academics are a high priority.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound senior carries a 4.2 GPA.

“Duke and the Ivy Leagues are after him hard,” Spongers coach George Kotis said.

According to Kotis, a few Big East schools also are showing interest. Connecticut is one of them.

“He’s a good athlete for a big guy,” Kotis said. “He’s strong and he runs well.”

Kotis thinks Paino, who has a brother playing at Penn, will be an offensive linemen at the next level.

-- KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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