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  1. What SEC football coaches think about early signing day

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    After years of debate, college football will have its first early signing period with a 72-hour window beginning Dec. 20. SEC coaches still aren't sure how it's going to work in practice. Some excerpts from Monday's post-spring teleconference:

    Florida’s Jim McElwain, left, on the new early signing period: “I truly believe it’s going to call some people’s bluff.” And Alabama’s Nick Saban: “I think evaluation is important, and I think the sooner you have to make decisions on these guys, the greater opportunity you have to make mistakes.”
  2. Isaiah Bolden on the flip from FSU to Oregon: 'They recruit family'

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    WESLEY CHAPEL — The thought of leaving home was once merely a blip in the mind of Isaiah Bolden.

    Isaiah Bolden on committing to Oregon over a state school: “I want to make a huge difference with local guys and tell them it’s okay to leave home.”
  3. Kevin Knox: Kentucky will make me better

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    Since tweeting his college announcement to Kentucky two days ago, Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox has received plenty of praise from local celebrities in the sports world.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox dribbles up the court during the McDonald's All-American game at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Knox, a five-star recruit, is expected to commit in April to either Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina or Florida State.
  4. Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox ends suspense, commits to Kentucky

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    In less than 40 characters, while sitting on the living room couch Saturday, Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox typed out a declaration that ended the whirlwind courtship, the endless phone calls and the constant questions.

    Kentucky gets the nod from Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox over North Carolina, Duke, Florida State and Missouri.
  5. Admiral Farragut deep on Division I-A interest this spring

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Admiral Farragut has been a busy place this spring. According to new coach Rick Kravitz, who had been the defensive coordinator the past two seasons, college coaches have flocked to practices nearly every day to take a look at the Blue Jackets' handful of Division I-A prospects.

    Admiral Farragut LB/RB Khalan Tolson (4) works to break tackles during a drill on the field during spring football practice at Admiral Farragut, 501 Park St N, in St. Petersburg Tuesday afternoon (05/02/17).
  6. NCAA football recruiting changes at a glance

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    Associated Press

    Highlights from the football recruiting rules changes adopted Friday by the NCAA Division I Council:

    FILE - In this April 10, 2017, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Cam Sims (17) works through drills during a spring football practice, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The NCAA has voted to allow high school football players to sign with colleges as early as December, make early official visits and put a two-year waiting period on Bowl Subdivision teams from hiring people close to a recruit. The Division I Council also approved a measure to eliminate two-a-day practices. (Vasha Hunt/Alabama Media Group via AP)/AL.com via AP) ALBIN201
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. 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