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UPDATE: Three transfer to TBT from Middleton; Benjamin stays put

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Mon. June 13, 2011 | Times Staff

A trio of Middleton starters have landed at Tampa Bay Tech – including former Tigers starting quarterback Aaron Midthus -- TBT coach Jayson Roberts confirmed Monday afternoon.

Defensive back Armani Sampson and offensive/defensive lineman Kilu Fontaine have also found their way to the Titans campus, Roberts said.

Roberts confirmed Richard Benjamin, a Division I wide receiver prospect who appeared poised to join three other Tigers in the TBT program, has returned to Middleton.

Roberts said Benjamin's mother disapproved of the move back to TBT, where Benjamin spent his freshman year.

"The mom claims he did the transfer without her knowledge or approval," Roberts said. "As nice as it would've been to have him back where he started his playing career, that's still a child and it's her decision."

Benjamin figures to be one of the bay area’s top recruits in the Class of 2013. He owns more than a dozen prominent offers including Miami, USF, Florida, FSU, Auburn and USC. He just returned from a camp at Miami this weekend and named the Hurricanes his leader.

All four players previously attended Tampa Bay Tech before departing for Middleton, Roberts said. Midthus transferred last week, and Sampson is the only player among the others that has officially withdrawn from Middleton.

Summer defections aren’t new at Middleton. Back in the summer of 2009, when current Gaither coach Jason Stokes took the Tigers head coaching job, high-profile linebacker Greg “Buster” Hickman transferred to TBT from Middleton, one of many departures from the school that offseason.

-- Joey Knight and Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writers

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