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Younger McCants signs with Morehouse College

Zephyrhills High quarterback Marcus McCants signed a full football scholarship to Morehouse College, Zephyrhills football coach Tom Fisher said Tuesday.

McCants was considering attending Bethune-Cookman or the University of Central Florida, but a visit to Morehouse last week changed his mind. Morehouse is a predominantly black Division II school in Atlanta, Ga.

"It has a very good location, and I have three sets of relatives in Atlanta," McCants said. "At the school they stress pride and brotherhood _ not only in the athletes, but everyone."

McCants led the county with 1,039 yards passing this season. He completed 46 of 103 attempts for 10 touchdowns and three interceptions; he also ran for three touchdowns.

His success drew offers from several Division I-AA schools and also a few Division I schools. But Fisher thinks McCants made the right decision in going with Morehouse.

"I like his decision," Fisher said. "I think he'll be a lot happier there than at a large college. If he was going to a bigger school he'd have to worry about making the team, but at a school this size he can really make a difference. He won't be just a number.

"We hadn't heard from them, so I called them and said we have a quarterback here. I sent up some film, and they were very, very high on him. I was glad. I didn't want Marcus to be left high and dry at one of the larger schools."

McCants, 17, that Morehouse stresses academics. That's a high point, as he maintained a 3.5 grade-point average this year. He hasn't decided on a major yet.

McCants' older brother, Orion, also was a quarterback for Zephyrhills before graduating in 1989. Orion originally was considering attending the college that Marcus chose, but McCants said Tuesday that he didn't think Orion was going to make a choice dependent on his decision. Orion, 20, went to Tennessee on a full athletic scholarship in 1989 but a knee injury set him back and he left the school before last season.