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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. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Navy sticks with Zephyrhills RB Antwione Sims through injury

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    ZEPHYRHILLS — It was at a "get better" mini-camp in March where things got a lot worse for Antwione Sims.

    From left, Greg Sims, Tyson McCullough, Zion Johnson, Tyler McGovern and Tre'pavis Mobley, watch Zephyrhills High School senior Antwione Sims speak before signing his National Letter of Intent to play for Navy at Zephyrhills High School in Zephyrhills, Fla., on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, during National Signing Day.
  8. Make no mistake: Decalon Brooks is more than just Derrick's son

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    TAMPA

    His name is Derrick Brooks, but answers to his middle name, Decalon. His mother decided.

    Linebacker Decalon Brooks chose Florida State University on National Signing Day on Wednesday February 1, 2017 at Gaither High School in Tampa.
  9. Northside Christian QB Griffin Alstott follows through on Purdue

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Despite a coaching change after his verbal commitment in March, Griffin Alstott stayed with Purdue and signed his national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon in Northside Christian's media center. Dressed in a Purdue jacket and a gold tie, Alstott was flanked by his mother, Nicole, and father, …

    Northside Christian High School quarterback Griffin Alstott gets a kiss from his dad, Mike after he commits to Purdue University at Northside Christian High School on National Signing Day in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Alstott was coached by his father Mike Alstott, who used to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  10. Clearwater's Tramar Reece a study in triumph over tragedy (w/video)

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    CLEARWATER

    Tramar Reece sat at a table in Clearwater High's auditorium, beaming as cameras flashed all around him.

    From left: Matthew Furse, Sgt. SPPD, Luke Williams, Assistant Chief, SPPD, John Patrick, deputy PCSO, Cleven Wyatt, Lt., SPPD, and Robert Turner, Sgt., SPPD, congratulate student football player Tramar Reece, right, on stage at Clearwater High School during the school's National Signing Day event on Wednesday (1/1/17) in Clearwater.