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Wed. February 2, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Sickles' White and Hendrick make history

For the first time in school history Sickles signed two Division I-A football recruits in the same season.

The Gryphons' all-time leading rusher, Cary White, signed with Florida Atlantic, choosing the Owls over FIU and Western Kentucky.

Two-year starting quarterback John Hendrick, who won a school record 14 games over the past two seasons, will take his knowledge of the option offense to play at Navy.

Hendrick, who carries a 5.03 GPA, committed to Navy while on an official visit to Annapolis this past weekend.

"It wasn't just football that I liked about Navy," he said. "Before I went there I really didn't want to go to Navy, but academically and athletically no other school compares to them. And we're going to play against top competition all the time."

Navy recruited Hendrick to play quarterback, while other schools like North Texas and Indiana State offered him as an athlete.

White, who has 3,000 career rushing yards, didn't receive an offer from FAU until December.

"At first I really didn't pay much mind to them, but when I visited the campus it felt like a place where I belonged and a place I could be. I also wanted to allow my family the chance to see me play as much as possible, because you never know when it's your last time playing."

White also made his decision this weekend while coming on a visit to FAU.

"I really think I'm a better fit for their offense, they have a new stadium," he said. "I just fell in love with it."

First year Sickles head coach Brian Turner said White and Hendrick will carve a path for future recruits. Turner said he asked several county coaches to send college coaches his way to look at a pair of recruits who went under the radar.

"Usually you either have to have one of the top recruits like a Chickillo or a Wilder or have a history with the coaches," Turner said. "So a lot of times we had to fight to get schools to come over here. Hopefully now that we have a couple guys go Division I and we've won a couple years in a row, word will get out and guys will start coming."

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)

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