Dunedin duo make it official



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Wed. February 3, 2010 | Bryan Burns

Amid a gathering of friends and family, Dunedin football players Ryan Singer and Ali Cheaib signed letters of intent to continue their gridiron careers on the next level.

Singer inked with Presbyterian College, a FCS (formerly DI-AA) school located in Clinton, South Carolina. Presbyterian plays in the Big South Conference.

"It's a relief to finally have it over with," the quarterback said after signing.

Singer committed in September after taking an unofficial visit to Presbyterian and recently returned from an official visit in January to the small, liberal arts school.

"Basically I was up there to helping to recruit for them, talking to all the prospects and stuff," he said.

Singer, who had an offer from Western Michigan and strong interest from Florida Atlantic, said a chance to see the field early was a major factor in his decision. The Blue Hose have just one quarterback (a junior) on the roster according to the signal caller.

"I'm going to work out with the team all summer, just work to get bigger, faster, stronger," he said. "I'm trying to put on weight as fast as I can. I want to do that for my self protection."

Cheaib signed with Youngstown State, a FCS powerhouse, after taking an official visit this past weekend. Other than the cold weather, which dipped into the single digits during his visit, Cheaib, a linebacker, said his time in Youngstown was amazing.

"Everything there was exactly what I wanted," he said. "I didn't expect the facilities to be that nice."

The Penguins' tradition also grabbed Cheaib's attention. Youngstown State, a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, has won four national championships, second only to Georgia Southern among FCS schools.

"Tradition played a big part in my decision," Cheaib said. "That's what Youngstown had. Jim Tressel was there and won a couple national championships. The tradition was there, the facilities were perfect and the city, it's a big football town."

Cheaib also had offers from Delaware State and Albany State.

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