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Wed. February 3, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

DADE CITY - Trophies and plaques sat perfectly placed before Mitch Wozniak and D.J. Clower.

Behind them, a Pirate flag.

The Pasco duo helped earn some of the hardware including this year's third consecutive district title and second straight Sunshine Athletic Conference plaque.

They are part of the face of Pasco football coach Tom McHugh wants to honor - kids that do well academically and on the football field.

Pasco principal Pat Reedy introduced the young men to their teammates, family and friends in the information resource center on Pasco's campus. He talked about the great opportunity ahead of them and how they wereambassadors for Pasco High. 

Wozniak and Clower then signed letters of intents to Florida International and North Carolina A&T, respectively.

Wozniak, a Wesley Chapel transfer, said FIU showed early interest during a practice last spring. He was invited to their summer camp and soon had a scholarship offer.

Wozniak, who has a 4.2 GPA, had interest from Duke, Alabama-Birmingham and Florida Atlantic. UAB and FAU wanted Wozniak to play defense, but he preferred offense and will play receiver for the Golden Panthers.

"I just competed out there and had a good time," Wozniak said. "They really liked me. They looked at my game tapes and pulled the trigger."

Clower had offers from North Carolina A&T, Florida A&M and was asked to go to junior college with the promise of landing at Southern Mississippi at some point. 

Clower ultimately chose North Carolina A&T after his visit to the school. He saw snow for the first time and basked in the family atmosphere. He will join Nature Coast tight endBraddie Ellison, who also signed with the school Wednesday.

"I felt I bonded better with the players and the coaches," Clower said. "It was just a family thing. I felt more comfortable with them."

Wozniak had 19 receptions for 352 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he had 41 tackles, an interception and nine pass deflections.Clower threw for 1,525 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Iowa Wesleyan College offered receiver Chaise Dunn and kicker Brennan Allen. Neither player signed a letter of intent Wednesday.

igould@tampabay.com

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