Knights' Pringle to visit Youngstown State



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Thu. January 26, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Robinson senior ATH Byron Pringle, who has struggled to gain college suitors because of a checkered off-field history, is generating 11th-hour interest from some mid-major Division I and I-AA programs.

Pringle, a first-team Class 5A all-state utility player this past season, will make an official visit to I-AA Youngstown State this weekend, Coach Mike DePue said. Bowling Green also has shown recent interest.

The only current formal offer for Pringle, who sparkled (five catches, 98 yards, 41-yard punt return) in the recent Blue-Grey National All-Star Classic at Raymond James Stadium, is from I-AA Bethune-Cookman.

"If he had not missed his junior year, he would be one of the top five recruits in the whole state of Florida," DePue said.

Pringle (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) was forced to miss all of the 2010 season following his arrest on seven felony charges for his role in a South Tampa crime spree two summers ago. He wasn't prosecuted on the most serious charge -- aggravated assault with a deadly weapon -- and was sentenced to four years' probation when adjudication was withheld on the other charges.

In 2011, he amassed more than 550 total yards. In a 35-20 playoff loss to Jesuit, he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 95-yard reception.

"He is the steal in Florida right now," DePue said. "Youngstown has gone above and beyond trying to work with him."

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