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Fri. February 21, 2014 | Bob Putnam | Email

Tarpon Springs' Montel Johnson and Damarkus Jones both signed their national letters of intent to attend college during a large gathering inside the school's culinary academy.

Johnson, an athlete, signed with Dodge City Community College, which went 6-4 this past season. One of the most versatile athletes in the county, Johnson did a little of everything for the Spongers, finishing with 1,544 all-purpose yards (467 rushing, 457 receiving and 620 in returns) and 13 touchdowns.

"I'm sure Montel will be used in the same way at Dodge City," Tarpon Springs coach Ron Hawn said. "He's probably the fastest kid I've ever coached."

Jones, an outside linebacker, is going to Minnesota-Crookston, a Division II school. This past season, Jones had 66 tackles, eight sacks and a caused fumble.

"This was a great day for me," Jones said. "I know it'll be cold up there, but it won't be too bad. I enjoyed my visit and the coaches have showed me a lot of love."

Another Sponger, defensive back Maurice Turner, could be signing as early as next week. He is considering Minnesota-Crookston and Morningside among others.

"It's a great feeling to know that these guys are moving on and football is paying for them to go to school," Hawn said.

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