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Two more Crusaders signed letters of intent Wednesday morning before school, as OL Tyler Magill and girls basketball G Kai Jones both found opportunities close to home.
Magill (6-foot-2, 290 pounds) signed with Stetson. He is the fifth football player to commit to playing in college this year and second to sign with the Hatters, who are restarting their program in 2013 as a member of the Division-I FCS (formerly Division I-AA) Pioneer Football League after a 57-year hiatus. Tampa Catholic WR Calvin Armatas signed with Stetson on National Signing Day.
"I wanted to play football and try to stay as close to home as I could," Magill said.
And Jones, a Times' first-team all-county selection, signed with the University of Tampa, where her father, Tommy, just finished his first year as an assistant coach. Jones led the Crusaders with an average of 21 points per game this season and was second on the team with an average of 9.5 rebounds per game. She was also an integral part of both Tampa Catholic squads that won back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2011.
"I thought it would be a good opportunity to play with my dad and have a good relationship with basketball and him," she said of her dad, who also graduated from Tampa Catholic.