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  • Locals show up well in college spring games

    Locals show up well in college spring games Florida State’s George Campbell (6-foot-4) is the ideal size for a receiver. But it is his other intangibles — the speed (4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash) the 37-inch vertical leap and the eye-hand coordination — that turned the former East Lake standout into one of the most prized playmakers in the ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles

    Alonso QB Chris Oladokun transfers to Sickles Alonso quarterback and USF commit Chris Oladokun has transferred to Sickles, the three-star recruit announced via Twitter on Tuesday.  Oladokun was a two-year starter for the Ravens, throwing for 3,646 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons. Alonso struggled offensively in 2014, when it returned just one starting offensive lineman.  ...
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    Tue. April 07, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Gibbs names Plant City assistant Jon Thompson head football coach

    Jon Thompson was named football coach at Gibbs on Monday morning. He becomes the fifth head coach at the school since 2007. Thompson, 29, was an assistant coach at Plant City for two seasons. Prior to that he was an assistant for three years at Tallahassee Lincoln. “I understand the ...
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    Mon. April 06, 2015 at 12:19 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Northside Christian OL Dillan Gibbons commits to Notre Dame

    Northside Christian OL Dillan Gibbons commits to Notre Dame Northside Christian offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons spent spring break visiting some of the Division I schools on his wish list. On Tuesday night, Gibbons and his dad, Shannon, stopped by Notre Dame. They spent all day Wednesday touring the school and talking with coaches. While there were other visits to ...
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    Sat. April 04, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love

    Recruiting notebook: Nature Coast RB DeShawn Smith nets D-I love Nature Coast’s DeShawn Smith has progressed as a runner with a better understanding of how to use his blockers. Once Smith sees daylight, he can make the first tackler miss, whether it’s with his elusiveness or balance or a feel for where the soft spot is in the defense. He ...
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    Wed. April 01, 2015 at 6:20 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Bill to ease transfers still in play

    A bill that would make it easier for some students to transfer for athletic purposes was approved by the House Education Committee on Thursday and moves on to another committee in the House for perusal. The latest bill aimed to negate some of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power ...
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    Thu. March 26, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. | Times Staff

  • Latest bill targeting FHSAA, easing transfers fires up coaches

    Tampa Bay area coaches, alarmed by the number of athletes who already switch schools seemingly at will, have long clamored for the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt a more stringent transfer policy.  But a bill that the House Education Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday does the opposite, ...
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    Wed. March 25, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. | Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

  • Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach

    Mike Gregory returns as Tampa Catholic football coach Almost a month ago, Tampa Catholic football coach Mike Gregory announced his resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. But almost immediately, Gregory said, he began having second thoughts.  He said he never really wanted to leave, and still seeing his players every day at school ...
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    Mon. March 23, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Jeff Swymer takes on another sport, football at Bishop McLaughlin

    Jeff Swymer will add more coaching duties at Bishop McLaughlin. Swymer, already the head baseball coach, was named the Hurricanes’ football coach Friday.  He will take over a program that has struggled in recent seasons. The Hurricanes were 2-8 last season under coach Craig Moore. They were also 2-8 in ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 1:41 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • Four-star recruit Craig Watts now at Admiral Farragut

    Four-star recruit Craig Watts now at Admiral Farragut Craig Watts, a four-star recruit with more than 20 Division I offers, has left Gibbs and is now enrolled at Admiral Farragut.  The move comes on the heels of the resignation of Gladiators head coach Rick Kravitz, though Watts said he was thinking of transferring prior to Kravitz leaving.  “I ...
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    Tue. March 17, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. | Rodney Page

  • FHSAA finds insufficient recruiting evidence against Tampa Catholic

    FHSAA finds insufficient recruiting evidence against Tampa Catholic After more than a year-long investigation into two Tampa Catholic athletic programs for allegations of recruiting, the Florida High School Athletic Association has found insufficient evidence to support the claims, according to a letter the FHSAA sent to principal Tom Reidy on Tuesday. Though the case was ultimately determined to ...
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    Thu. March 12, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention

    East Bay DB KJ Sails drawing college attention East Bay defensive back KJ Sails is blessed with tremendous athletic ability, which helps him keep pace with the bushel of fleet receivers so common in the bay area. He is meticulous in practice, in film study and in technique.  But his play had gone largely unnoticed by college recruiters ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz steps down

    Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz steps down Gibbs coach Rick Kravitz stepped down after two seasons, principal Reuben Hepburn said Friday. "It was a suprise to me, something I didn't see coming," Hepburn said. "I thought he did a good job in the time he was here. We're obviously sad to see him go." Kravitz finished 9-11 ...
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    Fri. March 06, 2015 at 2:57 p.m. | Bob Putnam

  • Plant City promotes Greg Meyer to head football coach

    Plant City has promoted defensive coordinator Greg Meyer to head football coach. Meyer replaces Wayne Ward, who stepped down less than a month ago after 13 years — five as head coach — with the Raiders.  Meyer, whose wife also works at Plant City, said he couldn’t be more thrilled ...
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    Thu. March 05, 2015 at 4:35 p.m. | Kelly Parsons

  • Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer

    Recruiting roundup: Plant LB Joe Ryan nabs first offer Plant coach Robert Weiner admits linebacker Joe Ryan slid under his radar until he made his varsity debut last season. But the 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior made his presence known with 144 tackles and a state-leading 52 tackles for loss.  Now colleges are starting to take notice, too. Weiner said Ryan ...
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    Wed. March 04, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. | Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons and Bob Putnam

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