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Mon. June 27, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Dunedin's Diviney not heading to CCC after all, but Sponger likely is

Dunedin quarterback senior Anthony Diviney planned on enrolling at Clearwater Central Catholic on Monday, according to his father, Tony.

There was just one problem: CCC does not accept senior transfers.

Marauders coach John Davis said Diviney has not enrolled at the school and would not be with the team, citing school policy.

"I think it was a little premature for the kid's dad to put that out there," Davis said. "But a rule is a rule. And we do not accept senior transfers."

Falcons first-year coach Max Smith said he believes Diviney is still enrolled at Dunedin, but Smith said the quarterback has not been at any of the summer workouts that started June 13.

"The first week he was visiting family in Pennsylvania," Smith said. "But I started to worry when he wasn't here the past week that he might be going somewhere else."

Smith has lost two players to CCC this offseason: backup quarterback Jake Shade and receiver Domenic James.

"I know the players who went (to CCC) are a close-knit group of friends," Smith said. "A lot of that has to do with the parents and what they want to do, but there are some outside influences as well.

"It's almost comical. You contact these players to see what their plans are, and they all say the same thing, like someone is giving them a script to read. It's all about the private school education."

CCC will likely land another player, Tarpon Springs rising sophomore RB/athlete Diquan Walker, younger brother of former Spongers standout Darius Daniels. Tarpon Springs coach Atif Austin said Walker has not ofiicially enrolled at CCC. But Austin said he is all but certain Walker is going to CCC after talking with Walker's mother.

"I'd say there is a 90 percent chance he is going there according to his mother," Austin said of Walker. "He is a good kid, and we'll miss him. I know he lives in the Clearwater area and it would be closer for him."

While the Spongers lost one running back, they picked up another with the official transfer of Palm Harbor University running back Kenny Blanch, who enrolled at Tarpon this week, according to Austin.

In the past week alone, there have been at least eight players who have transferred to different schools in Pinellas County.

"It's like the NFL with so many players coming and going," Smith said. "In today's world with parents it's all about winning and who can get their kid into college. I know Dunedin has had a few losing seasons, and it's my job to turn things around to where kids want to stay here."

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