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Tue. February 5, 2013 | Matt Baker | Email

Here’s a reminder that tomorrow’s national signing day is just the beginning.

By my count, only five of the 22 all-North Suncoast players of the year or first-team selections plan to sign tomorrow.

That means 17 are still weighing their options – academic, athletic or both.

The five expected to sign Wednesday are:

Pasco ATH Janarion Grant (Rutgers)

Nature Coast RB Matt Breida (Georgia Southern)

Hernando ATH Tyrail Hawkins (Georgia Southern)

Pasco DL Joey Ivie (Florida)

Hernando DE Robert Hill Bronson (Tennessee Tech)

The list of the 17 undecided all-North Suncoast seniors includes a few marquee names.

Defensive player of the year Morgan Flournory (Pasco) said in a text message that he doesn’t plan to sign Wednesday but hopes to make a decision by the end of the month.

His teammate, three-time 1,000-yard rusher David Emmanuel, was not on the list of expected signees given by Pirates coach and athletic director Tom McHugh. Emmanuel has offers from FAU and Memphis and has recently visited Appalachian State and North Dakota State.

Springstead lineman Will Allen said via text that he does not think he will sign tomorrow. He has small-college offers, Ivy League interest and invitations as a preferred walk-on at top programs.

Sunlake ATH Eddie Burgos also confirmed he’s not ready to sign yet, and teammate Connor Gilboy isn’t ready either, according to his mother. Gilboy has plenty of options, too, as a standout kicker for the Seahawks and a 60-goal scorer for the undefeated soccer team. 

I should probably add that this isn’t unusual. One of last year’s top prospects, Pasco ATH Trey Dudley-Giles, inked with UMass on signing day but didn’t have a ceremony until the next day. QB Jacob Guy turned down scholarship offers to walk on at UF, and Hernando lineman Malcolm Hudson signed with Army in May.

If I’m missing any commitments or signing day plans, comment below or email me at mbaker@tampabay.com.

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