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  1. 247Sports: Berkeley Prep's Nicholas Petit-Frere top OT in nation


    Berkeley Prep offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere already is widely considered the best player in Tampa Bay.

    Berkeley Prep rising senior defensive end Nicholas Petit-Frere (78) performs a pad drill during spring football practice at Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, May 12, 2017.
  2. Bombers' college camp kick starts recruiting process for softball players


    CLEARWATER — After playing a series of makeshift games, softball players from all age levels gathered around the pavilion area at Eddie C. Moore complex. They listened attentively as 10 college coaches answered their questions about the recruiting process.

    The Clearwater Bombers travel ball organization held a two-day camp over the weekend that concluded with college coaches answering questions about the recruiting process. (Bob Putnam, Times Staff Writer)
  3. How the ACC became college football's best conference


    Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide of the College Football Playoff national title game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.
  4. Illini, Gophers and Lions, oh my: All locked in on Tampa Bay recruits


    It's kind of a no-brainer that Illinois coach Lovie Smith is having success landing Tampa Bay players. His former Bucs ties likely help. (Associated Press)
  5. Target on Tampa Bay: Toledo establishes firm recruiting foothold


    You could call Bernard Reedy the catalyst for Toledo's success recruiting Tampa Bay. The Rockets have had at least three locals on the roster for the past seven seasons. (Associated Press)
  6. Plant's Micah McFadden continues bay area recruits' love of Indiana


    Plant linebacker Micah McFadden on committing to Indiana: "I just loved everything about the school," McFadden said. "It was such a great visit." (Loren Elliott, Times)

  7. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft


    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  8. Six months after exit, Willie Taggart still winning big in Florida


    When Willie Taggart took the Oregon job six months ago, exactly no one doubted USF's former coach - a Bradenton Manatee alumnus - would continue scouring Florida for talent. [AP photo]
  9. Calvary Christian WR/DB Amari Burney picks Florida


    CLEARWATER — Calvary Christian's Amari Burney knew for months when he would announce his college commitment.

    Calvary Christian's Amari Burney commits to Florida.
  10. What SEC football coaches think about early signing day


    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.”