After much speculation the past couple weeks, Anclote wide receiver/athlete Dondre Daley has transferred to Tarpon Springs.
“I’m transferring over to Tarpon Springs because I’m moving in with my uncle who lives over in Tarpon Springs,” Daley said Wednesday. “I enrolled (Tuesday) and I met some of the players earlier today.
“It was basically a family decision for me to transfer to Tarpon Springs.”
Rivals.com’s Chris Nee reported Friday that Daley had transferred, but the receiver did not enroll until Tuesday morning.
The Spongers, who went 4-7 last season, pick up one of the most dangerous playmakers from the North Suncoast and give senior quarterback Louis Pappas, a Division I prospect, another target at receiver. Tarpon Springs enters a new district (6A-7) and returns top receivers Runaldo Wright and Kenyatta Merriex. Tarpon Springs second-year coach Atif Austin could not be reached for comment.
The 6-foot-3 Daley, who caught 18 passes for 353 yards and also rushed for 60 yards, has received interest from numerous D-I programs, including Ball State, Florida Atlantic, Maryland, North Carolina State and Florida.
Anclote loses its top playmaker as the Sharks enter a new district (5A-6) and were a tentative favorite to take the runnerup spot. Daley had been absent from Pasco County’s 7-on-7 passing league the past few weeks.
“Losing Dondre definitely hurts us, but we still have playmakers here at Anclote and we’ll move on,” Sharks coach Matt Wicks said. “It comes down to loyalty and respect, and I did everything I could for Dondre while he was here. I have a good group of 35-40 kids here and I’m going to focus on these kids and move on.
“We’re still going to try to make our playoff run. Honestly, best of luck to him and I hope he has a great year.”