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  1. Plant's Dane Frantzen moves from under center to H-back, lands at Virginia Tech

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    TAMPA — After one of the most productive seasons in the history of Hillsborough County prep football, Plant quarterback Dane Frantzen officially announced Monday that he will play next season at Virginia Tech.

    TAMPA - Plant quarterback Dane Frantzen gives a big grin to the crowd at the Plant High fieldhouse Monday evening, moments after announcing he will play football next season for Virginia Tech University. Taken 3-27-17 by Scott Purks
  2. Addiction vanquished, it's on to age and the NFL for Alton Voss

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    Physically, Alton Voss belies his birth certificate. His 6-foot-3, 260-pound frame doesn't bear the welts or surgical scars of other football players his age.

    Grand Valley State University's Alton Voss (87) blocks a punt during a game versus Colorado State-Pueblo during the 2nd round of the NCAA D2 playoffs.


Photo credit: Grand Valley State University athletic department.
  3. Jay Davis extends family's coaching legacy in Pinellas County

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    Jay Davis grew up in the Clearwater Central Catholic football program.

    Jay Davis, the new head football coach at St. Petersburg Catholic, had several stops in college as an assistant coach, including Truman State (Mo.). (Courtesy of St. Petersburg Catholic)
  4. Clearwater DL Kane Taylor faces armed burglary, battery charges

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    Clearwater defensive lineman Kane Taylor was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Clearwater Police and charged with armed burglary, robbery with a deadly weapon or firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and grand theft.

    En route to a touchdown, Clearwater's Kane Taylor (11) eludes Countryside's Carlos Cintron (54), right, during Friday's (9/4/15) game at Clearwater.
  5. Clearwater Central Catholic gains a quarterback

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    Countryside quarterback Rory Hicks has transferred to Clearwater Central Catholic.

    The move became official Tuesday.

    Countryside High School quarterback Rory Hicks (11) tries to break a tackle against St. Petersburg High School defenders in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Oct. 21, 2016.
  6. Team Kia or Team Cadillac? Area high school coaches split on Willie Taggart

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    TAMPA — Clearly veteran Hillsborough High coach Earl Garcia wasn't speaking for all of his local peers when he publicly blasted former USF coach Willie Taggart on national signing day.

    Hillsborough’s Earl Garcia, left, says former USF coach Willie Taggart had no relationship with local prep coaches.
  7. How a Plant football player scored a scholarship without game film or playing time

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    TAMPA — Nine Plant High players were at One Buccaneer Place for an elaborate signing day ceremony Wednesday. They each went up to a podium to talk about what it means to be able to play in college.

    Malik Bradshaw, the Plant High player you?€™ve never heard of. He signed to play at Iowa Central Community College on Wednesday despite having no game film. With both parents in jail, Bradshaw skipped from couch to couch, and watched his grades slip thanks to his home life. But Robert Weiner went to bat for him until he landed with a college. (Courtesy of Plant)
  8. Florida makes a late dash, splash to vault into signing day prominence

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    TAMPA — From the state capital to the Swamp to the Selmon Center, the national signing day objectives and outcomes varied.

    TAMPA - Jesuit running back Malik Davis takes a quick selfie moments after signing his national letter of intent to the University of Florida Wednesday morning at Jesuit. Taken 2-1-17 by Scott Purks
  9. CCC's Jakob Parks gets a bit more fanfare than dear ol' dad

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    John Parks did not have much fanfare when he signed to play for Air Force more than 30 years ago.

    Athletes wait as the student body files in to the auditorium for the National Signing Day ceremony at CCC Wednesday afternoon 2/1/17. Nine students signed letters to play for colleges, eight football players and one runner.
  10. Coach Earl Garcia: USF goes from 'KIA to Cadillac' in getting Strong for Taggart

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    TAMPA — Legendary Hillsborough High football coach Earl Garcia said Wednesday that he's ecstatic Charlie Strong is coaching at USF, and he's equally pleased former coach Willie Taggart is gone.

    Willie Taggart, 40, was hired in December as Oregon's new head coach.