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Tue. October 27, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

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 (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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