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Father of Armwood's Sirchauncey Holloway apologizes for causing trouble

Petey Smith makes his decision to attend Alabama official. The linebacker was one of nine Armwood players to sign letters of intent.

STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON | Times

Petey Smith makes his decision to attend Alabama official. The linebacker was one of nine Armwood players to sign letters of intent.

Armwood led the pack on signing day Wednesday with nine.

But, arguably, the most touching moment came when Calvin Holloway, whose son Sirchauncey was ruled ineligible by the Florida High School Athletic Association for the 2008 season after he transferred from Plant City, apologized to those in attendance.

"I'm sorry I caused the school trouble," Holloway said. "He got suspended from sports because of me."

Sirchauncey, a running back, never played for Armwood but enrolled at Division I-AA Liberty three weeks ago.

"It was a blow when that happened," Calvin Holloway said of the FHSAA ruling. "(Armwood coach Sean Callahan) called Liberty, and they asked him to orally commit."

still a week away: Though three teammates announced their choices, Plant TE Orson Charles is waiting a week to announce his.

"He really is undecided, and he needs to weigh all of his options," coach Robert Weiner said.

Charles dropped Florida State from his list of finalists Wednesday morning.

"Great school, I have to make tough choices," Charles said in a text message.

He has visited Florida, Georgia and Tennessee and is planning a trip to Southern Cal this week.

A pinch rather than A pen: Even on the night before signing day, it took Wharton QB Andrew Clifford a moment for it all to hit him. Tuesday night, he had to pinch himself after hanging up with his new coach, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier.

"I was talking to Coach Spurrier on the phone, just talking about basic stuff," Clifford said. "I got off the phone and thought, 'Dang, that's my new coach.' "

Clifford's wild ride to South Carolina was the highlight of a whirlwind week at Wharton. Last month, his only scholarship offer came from Liberty. It culminated with a trio of Wildcats signing letters of intent.

S Jairus Jones is headed to Michigan State and OL Hunter Stout to Louisville, marking the first time the school has had three I-A signees.

More than X's and O's: Jesuit TE John Plasencia was sold on Northwestern pretty quickly after assistant coach Marty Long brought out the rankings. On a visit to Jesuit, Long showed Plasencia the Associated Press Top 25 rankings and the U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings.

"They were the only school to be in the Top 25 (in football) and the top 15 academically," Plasencia said. "That balance of academics and athletics was perfect for me."

Tigers LB P.J. Hobson, who signed with Penn, also will have that balance. Hobson, Jesuit's student body president, committed to the Quakers in August and was accepted into their prestigious Wharton School of Business in December.

back on track: Chamberlain WR Anthony Williams, who recently saw offers from bigger I-A schools such as Georgia and Ole Miss dry up, signed with Troy.

Alonso WR Ed Williams, who had offers from Southern Miss and Marshall over the summer, signed with Toledo, an offer he received just a week ago.

"It was real hard, but I had the right people in my ear," Ed Williams said. "I had my parents. I had the Alonso coaches and players saying don't quit, keep trying."

More on the Web

The bay area had so many good stories come out of signing day that we couldn't get it all in print. Track the day's best story lines and browse our photo gallery, at highschool.tampabay.com.

More from signing day

The bay area had so many good stories come out of signing day that we couldn't get them all in print. Track the day's best story lines and browse our photo gallery at highschool.tampabay.com.

Father of Armwood's Sirchauncey Holloway apologizes for causing trouble 02/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 5, 2009 12:13am]
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