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Wed. February 3, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

Various sweets, sandwiches and sodas were spread out for arriving guests, who watched highlight videos on a large white screen as they entered the media center. The guests of honor sat under a sprawling homemade banner that simply said, "Congratulations."

A Super Bowl champion coach even showed up.

The festive-type fuss made over National Signing Day seems to get bigger each year at Plant, which stands to reason. The classes are getting bigger as well.

The six members of Plant's two-time defending state champion football team who signed letters of intent Wednesday (along with three girls soccer players) represented the largest single-day signing group of Coach Bob Weiner's six seasons.

They'll likely also go down as the most well-traveled group of any Panthers class before or after.

"Our staff figured it out. Our kids, combined, are 12,000 miles away from home," Weiner said. "That has to lead the country."

Leading the way in frequent-flier miles is WR Allen Sampson, who signed with Hawaii after flying nearly 12 hours -- one way -- for his official visit last weekend.

Joining him Wednesday: RB T.J. Glover (South Alabama), CB Javonte "Lockdown" Martin (Georgia Southern), OL Andre Mondor (Liberty), LB Mike Mirabella (Holy Cross) and S Eric Dungy (Oregon).

Sampson said during his visit to Hawaii, an assistant took him to the site of an active volcano on a mountaintop. He insists he won't erupt with homesickness upon enrolling.

"I can't get homesick," he said. "It's Hawaii." 

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