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Jefferson, Vo-Tech players sign

Jefferson's Vidal Mills and Tampa Bay Vo-Tech's Malawi Hills, a pair of second-team all-state selections, are the two latest Hillsborough County football standouts to sign college letters of intent. Mills, a 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back, accepted a scholarship Wednesday with Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Dragons coach Darlee Nelson said. Hills, a 6-foot, 187-pound defensive back, signed with Ball State in Muncie, Ind., Titans coach Joe Severino announced.

Mills, a three-year starter who was a Times' first-team All-Hillsborough pick, chose the Division I-AA Wildcats over East Carolina and Florida A&M. B-CC signed Mills conditionally, pending the results of his recent SAT exam. Hills, who is also awaiting SAT results, was recruited by Minnesota, B-CC and Marshall.

Mills is the second Jefferson standout to accept a Division I scholarship this year. Dragons running back Kirby Dardar signed with Syracuse on Wednesday, the first day football recruits could sign letters of intent. Hills is the second Titan to choose Ball State, a Divsion I member of the Mid-American Conference. Offensive lineman Solomon Gardner committed to Ball State Tuesday, and also signed Wednesday.

"Vidal wanted to stay close to home," Nelson said. "It makes me feel real good, having two Division I players. Both schools are getting good football players."

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