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Justice, Savarese join Central High's college recruit list

Terry Justice and Tony Savarese recently joined the longest list of college football recruits ever to come out of Central High in one year.

Justice, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker, has agreed to play for Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.

Savarese, a 5-11, 190-pound linebacker, will play for Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.

Culver-Stockton is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Tusculum is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III school.

According to Central coach Barry Gardner, both Savarese and Justice were offered grants and financial aid.

"Six of our 10 seniors have an opportunity to play in college," Gardner said. "If I could get that ratio every year, I'd take it. We're ending our fifth year at the school this week and, without a doubt, this is our biggest class ever to play in college."

Tyrone Goodson, a 6-3, 170-pound offensive threat, became the second Central player in two years to sign with a Division I school when he committed to Auburn earlier this year.

Goodson played quarterback, but is projected as a wide reciever at Auburn.

"If we had someone who could have thrown the ball to Tyrone, we would have played him at wide receiver too," Gardner explained.

Chad Bolen, a 6-3, 265-pound center, likely will be accepted at the Ivy League's Brown University. "He's academically sound enough to get in," Gardner said. "That's the reason (Brown) offered Chad a chance to play football. This is the first time I've had contact with an Ivy League school. But they would not have pursued Chad if he didn't have the academics. They like his size. Plus, he's got the smarts."

Two other Central seniors are still debating their futures.

Chris Shirley, a 6-foot, 170-pound wide reciever, is still deciding between Georgia Southern University and the University of Central Florida.

Deo Wyatt, a 5-10, 150-pound cornerback, has been offered a deal similar to Savarese's at Tusculum, but has yet to decide.

Leading the way: Springstead High graduate Dan Garofano has won the Bill Wall award, presented to senior letter winners who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities at MacMurray (Ill.) College.

Garofano was a four-year letter winner in football and baseball at MacMurray, an NCAA Division III program in Jacksonville, Ill.

The ex-Eagles standout was a two-time All-Illini/Badger Conference defensive back and a three-year all-conference baseball selection.

The award was given to Garofano and Michelle Skinner, a volleyball and softball standout from Bethalto, Ill.