In last week’s win over Clearwater, Dunedin senior LB Ali Cheaib showed why most observers think he’s among the top defensive players in the area. The 6-foot-210-pounder not only intercepted a pass but scored on a 60-yard fumble strip/return.
“He literally stole the ball from the kid’s hands,” Dunedin coach Mark Everett said.
At this point in time, two schools have shown the most interest in Cheaib – Division I-AA Marist and NAIA Quincy.
“They’re calling two or three times a week,” Everett said.
Everett expects more schools to join the mix later this year.
“It’s like I tell him, you have to wait until after the season,” Everett said. “All those other schools, they’re coaching, too.”
Cheaib missed a few games and was limited in a few others earlier this season because he experienced some pretty severe shoulder pain. He’s now 100 percent and it shows.
“He played awesome the other night,” Everett said.
--KEITH NIEBUHR (firstname.lastname@example.org)