Countryside had perhaps the biggest signing day class of any school in the bay area with 10 athletes from four sports. The biggest news came at the end of the ceremony when linebacker Terry Johnson, the Times' Pinellas County Defensive Player of the Year, decided on Youngstown State over Colorado State.
"I didn't know how I'd like the school when I went up there," said Johnson, who made his official visit to the school this past weekend. "I didn't know how big the campus would be. But it's just as big as any other school and they care a lot about football. I also feel like the coaches will do a good job of keeping up with me on my grades."
Youngstown State has had success attracting players from Pinellas County recently. Last year former Dunedin standouts Adaris Bellamy and Ali Cheaib, and former Largo star Jamarious Boatwright.
Youngstown linebackers coach Rick Kravitz, a former defensive coordinator for USF, recruits the area.
"All three of the guys from here talked to me during my visit and I know I will like playing for Coach Kravitz," Johnson said.
The other football signees were DB Alex Dixon (North Carolina), WR Joey Lombardi (Ave Maria), Tyler Moore (Nebraska) -- who enrolled early and wasn't at the school Wednesday -- and Denzel Thompson (Southeastern Louisiana).
Also signing were basketball player Khari Armstrong (Redlands CC), volleyball player Sarah Wright (Pasco-Hernando CC), track athlete Wylan Burnitt (Duke) and soccer players Nicholai Hammer (Furman), Jagger Martinez (Northwestern) and Hunter Maricle (Virginia Tech).