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Guys like Jason Bingham and Brad Felten are still looking for schools that will take them as football players. Guys like Brett Cimorelli and Mark Sopcik are not.
So it was Wednesday on National Signing Day as Cimorelli, the Zephyrhills kicker, signed with Florida State and Sopcik, a Land O'Lakes lineman, signed with South Florida. Bingham and Felten continue to wait for the right offer.
"Jason's not signing because he really hasn't been offered anything," River Ridge coach Scott Schmitz said of his All-Suncoast kicker/wide receiver.
"He's been asked to walk on at Florida and USF, but right now, he's waiting. Hofstra (a Division I-AA power) called Tuesday and has a scholarship open for a wide receiver and would like to look at him, so we sent some film up there."
Bingham had a big year in 1998 and was better last season though his numbers were down (22 catches, 423 yards, five TDs) due mostly to the Knights transition to an inexperienced quarterback. His kicking remained exceptional, including a 40.8 punting average.
Felten, who ran for 1,349 yards and nine touchdowns at Hudson last season, has an offer from Quincy (Ill.) University, which signed River Ridge running back Frank Temple last year, but he's undecided on whether to sign.
"He's got the paperwork, and he's talking about signing it," Hudson coach Terry Voyles said. "But that's a long way to go to Quincy, and he's waiting for a couple of other colleges. He's probably going to wait a week."
Felten also has a "preferred walk-on" offer from Division I-AA Troy State and may get the same from USF by today.
Voyles said offensive lineman Jeff Hofacker probably will sign with the Coast Guard once he is accepted, and West Liberty (W.V.) State called Tuesday and expressed interest in placekicker James Daly. The Division II school said they are deciding between Daly and another player.
Cobra offensive lineman Daylon Toole is looking at NAIA schools Cumberland (Tenn.) College, Lambuth (Tenn.) University and Belhaven (Miss.) College.
Gulf coach Keith Newton said lineman Jason McCue is being looked at by Division I-AA Holy Cross, Division II Lenoir-Rhyne and Division III Allegheny (Penn.) College and has been in contact with Jacksonville, though he hasn't heard from it in three weeks.
River Ridge linemen Brandon Tolle and Justin Fenton will wait for the signing day haze to clear before looking for opportunities.
_ Staff writer Steve Lee contributed to this report.