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FAMU, UCF and Bethune get several quality players

Florida A&M University, Central Florida and Bethune-Cookman College made the most of the first day of the national-letter-of-intent signing period. Although FAMU coaches hadn't finished signing all their prospects, they did add two Tampa Bay area offensive linemen - Lakewood's Ed Dixon (6-4, 260) and Northeast's Ben Gainer (6-5, 220) both signed letters on Wednesday.

FAMU coach Ken Riley said Dixon and Gainer will contribute next season.

"Right now, I think we've got some good linemen," Riley said, "but they'll help us. That's an area where we can always improve.

They're some good players and will be an asset to the program."

Among the Rattlers' top recruits from outside the state are defensive back Rod Holmes (6-1, 195) from Detroit-Martin Luther King.

Of the 22 student-athletes UCF signed on Wednesday, 20 were from Florida high schools. UCF recruited three players from Tampa Bay: Tarpon Springs' Mike Gruttadauria, Springstead's Mark Trudell and Pasco's Brian Crutcher.

Gruttadauria, a 6-3, 217-pound tight end, was a Times All-Pinellas

second-team selection. Trudell (6-4, 255) was a Class 4A all-state offensive lineman. Crutcher - who played defensive back, quarterback and wide receiver last season for the Pirates - was signed as a wide receiver.

Both Trudell and Crutcher were Times first-team All-North Suncoast

selections and were named to the All-Suncoast squads.

"We feel they're all good players, among top choices in their position," said Charlie Hoffman, UCF's defensive coordinator and chief recruiter. "They weren't heavily recruited by Division I schools and we felt like we got a little buried treasure. We got off with highway robbery."

In their first season competing in Division I-AA, the Knights were 7-3. UCF defeated Eastern Kentucky and Liberty while those teams were ranked in the I-AA poll.

"We feel like it's a really strong class," Hoffman said. "At 90 percent of the positions, we got our top choice. But, you never know how they'll turn out."

Among B-CC's top signees were Anthony Hines (6-5, 300), an offensive lineman from Daytona Beach-Seabreeze High School.

FLORIDA A&M SIGNEES Ed Dixon DE 6-4240Lakewood

Marcus Durant OL 6-3248Plant City

David Farquhar OL 6-5270Indianapolis

Ben Gainer DL 6-5220Northeast

Tory Kirby LB 6-3230Atlanta

Wayne Lawrence HB 5-10185Cocoa.

Ernest Marshall DL 6-4260Atlanta

Tarvis Mobley OG 6-2270Fernandina Bch

Kenneth Riley DB 5-11 170 Florida A&M H.S. Antonio Ross QB 5-11170William Raines

Leon Skillens OL 6-2275Tulsa

Eric Smith WR 5-11180Vero Beach

Greg Williams DE 6-6240Madison

Matt Williams RB 5-10175Lincoln

UCF SIGNEES Charles Anderson FB 5-11 205 Miami

Kevin Bennett TE 6-3 220 Jacksonville

Chris Cade DL 6-4 220 Belle Glade

Brian Crutcher WR 5-10 165 Dade City

Chip Goforth L 6-0 193 Augusta, S.C.

Vernon Goodwin OT 6-4 270 Taft JC

Mike GruttadauriaTE 6-3 217 Tarpon Springs

Clay Hair QB 6-2 185 Winter Park

Darrin Hinshaw QB 6-1 174 Port Charlotte

Robt. Howington C 6-2 220 Seminole

Greg Jefferson DL 6-4 230 Bartow

David Long L 6-0 235 Jacksonville

Keith McCarthy DL 6-1 209 Augusta, S.C.

Matt Parris FS 6-0 159 Vero Beach

Brian Permenter CB 5-11 158 Miami

Rudy Puig DL 6-0 226 Miami

David Rhodes WR 6-1 196 Mulberry

Ryon Roberts OT 6-4 260 Winter Park

Terrance Scott L 5-11 212 Pompano Beach

Terry Simmons CB 6-0 157 Jacksonville

Mark Trudell OT 6-4 260 Spring Hill

Darius White FS 5-11 165 Belle Glade

B-CC SIGNEES Anthony Hines OL 6-5 300 Daytona

Vidal Mills DB 6-0 190 Tampa

Dwayne Bennett DT 6-3 265 Miami

John Shaw C 6-1 275 Miami

Luke Ancrum LB 6-2 220 Sebring

Leotis McNeil DB 6-1 180 Sebring

OTHER AREA SIGNEES Chris Bogue OL Tarpon SpringsWest Point

Holton Buggs RB King Texas Southern

Tom Carter DB Lakewood Notre Dame

Kirby Dardar RB Jefferson Syracuse

Tom Demarest LB Leto Murray State

Solomon Gardner OL TB Vo-Tech Ball State

Greg Godsey OL Jesuit Air Force

Robert Harris DE Hernando E. Kentucky

Bob Heckathorne LB Leto Army

Malawi Hills DB TB Vo-Tech Ball State

Shaun Jackson WR Citrus Minnesota

Fred Johnson DL Chamberlain Morehead State

Terry Jones WR Dixie Hollins Dodge City

Tony Jones WR Plant Syracuse

Don Meredith OL Land O'Lakes North Carolina

Greg Parks OL King Texas Southern

Marvin Robinson DB Hillsborough Notre Dame

Ricky Roth OL Seminole NE Louisiana St. Donald Seay WR Gibbs Morningside (Iowa) Brian Singleton OL Pasco Albany St.

Billy Swain WR Lakewood S. Illinois

Carlos Timmons LB Hernando E. Kentucky

Matt Valone OL Clearwater Delta State

Lester Weaver DB Hillsborough Youngstown St.

Abraham William LB Plant City Albany State

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