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Mon. January 18, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

Tarpon Springs OT/DT Clay Paino has committed to Brown, which he visited over the weekend. The Bears have been one of the top teams in the Ivy League in recent seasons and were third in the conference standings in 2009.

“It boils down to the Ivy League education more than anything,” Spongers coach George Kotis said. “And that’s a great program.”

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Paino also had Holy Cross as a finalist. He planned to visit that school soon,  but has cancelled that trip in light of his commitment to Brown.

Paino will not be the first in his family to play in the Ivy League.

His older brother, Alex, is a linebacker for league champ Penn.

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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