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Chamberlain's Kolar picks FSU, but Harvard is an option

TAMPA - Chamberlain linebacker Scott Kolar, a third-team all-state selection and honor student, said Monday that he will sign to play football at Florida State. Kolar will make his commitment to the Seminoles on Wednesday, the first day of the national-letter-of-intent signing period.

FSU, Harvard and Kansas have sought Kolar, but Monday's announcement does not necessarily rule out Harvard. Technically, Kolar will be a walk-on at FSU, since he is choosing to accept an academic rather than an athletic scholarship. By signing an academic scholarship, he is not bound by the restrictions of football letters of intent - therefore, he wouldn't be forced to sit out the NCAA-sanctioned two years for breaking his commitment.

Kolar, who is a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship, has a 5.05 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. That is possible because certain college-level or honors courses carry bonus points because of their difficulty. Kolar takes college-level courses at Chamberlain.

Harvard does not issue football scholarships. Kolar, however, has been accepted at the Ivy League school and has qualified for financial aid.

"If I'm signing with FSU, it means I'm going to go to FSU," said Kolar. "However, Harvard would still be an option if something happened to change things. The way I see it, I have two very good options. I can either go to the No. 1 football school or the No. 1 academic school."

Kolar (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), a first-teamer on the Times' All-Suncoast squad, was a mainstay of a Chiefs defense that allowed just 55 points during the 1989 season.