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Hillsborough High enjoys a banner day

Hillsborough High, which has had 57 players sign college football scholarships the previous six years, added its largest single Division I-A class to that list with four signings Wednesday.

Parade All-American offensive lineman Shannon Snell signed with the University of Florida, defensive back Cedric Edmonds signed with Syracuse, defensive back Preston Jackson signed with Notre Dame and defensive back J.R. Reed made it official with South Florida, which begins its Division I-A schedule in 2001.

Snell, a 6-5, 305-pounder, said he couldn't wait to become part of "The Berlin Wall," meaning he couldn't wait to protect the nation's top passer, Louisiana quarterback Brock Berlin, who also signed with UF.

"This makes me want to work even harder," Snell said. "I was talking with somebody the other night about being a part of the "Berlin Wall,' and I said, "I'm going to make sure nobody knocks it down."'

Snell joins his father Ray Snell as a Division I signee out of high school. Ray Snell went to Wisconsin and became a first-round draft pick of the Buccaneers.

Shannon Snell said he hopes to make it to the NFL, but first things first.

"I want to get my education first," Snell said. "That's all I'm concentrating on right now."

Jackson, as did all the other Terrier signees, said he sorely will miss his days at Hillsborough.

"We all owe this place so much," Jackson said. "The coaches at Hillsborough made us men. They stayed on us about our grades and playing football.

"I think we all feel like that if we become successful that we should give something back. These coaches and teachers took care of us, so one day we can hopefully take care of them."

WE CAN ALMOST MATCH THAT: Four players from Plant City signed letters of intent Monday, two with Division I-A schools.

Running back Chad Scott signed with Kentucky, defensive back Randy Jackson signed with Missouri, fullback Mike Roberts signed with Division I-AA Youngstown (Ohio) State and offensive lineman Mike Latimer signed with I-AA Columbia.

"It's a great day," Plant City coach Todd Long said.

LATE ADDITION: Northeast receiver/defensive back Senica Evans, the son of Clearwater athletic director Kevin Gordon, signed with South Florida. It offered Evans the scholarship early Tuesday afternoon.

I'LL PLAY ANYWHERE: East Bay's Jamal Brown signed with Indiana State. He's expected initially to play quarterback for the Sycamores, although if needed he could play almost anywhere.

In his three seasons as a starter for the Indians, Brown played split end as a sophomore, cornerback as a junior and then rushed for 781 yards while leading East Bay's wishbone offense as a senior.

BACK TO FLORIDA: T.J. Hines, a 1997 Tampa Catholic graduate, has transferred from South Carolina to Florida A&M. Hines, a 6-2, 225-pound running back, ran for more than 4,000 yards at Tampa Catholic.

Volleyball

Sandi Fox and Gretchen Naruta signed letters of intent to play for the University of Tampa. Fox, a 5-10 outside hitter from Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, led Broward County in kills the past two seasons and was an All-American this season. Naruta, a 5-7 setter from Winter Springs, led her team to a Class 6A state runner-up finish.

USF: Bonnye Glover, a 6-1 middle blocker from Lakeland Lake Gibson, Tally Payne, a 6-0 outside hitter from Gaither, and Jenny Scholle, a 5-11 outside hitter from St. Charles, Ill., signed letters of intent.

Soccer

Former University of Tampa women's soccer coach George Fotopoulos already is working on bringing some bay area influence to his new home in Baton Rouge, La.

Fotopoulos, hired as Louisiana State's women's coach Dec. 19, wasted no time in tapping his former hometown for some talent. His first bay area signee is Clearwater Central Catholic's Katie Calvin, who signed her letter-of-intent Wednesday. Calvin had committed to play at Florida but changed her mind during the final week of recruiting.

"We got one of the best players in the state of Florida," Fotopoulos said. "That's a fantastic step for our program."

St. Pete High's Lindsey Hawkins is also expected to sign with LSU this week.

Fotopoulos, who graduated from Leto and played on the University of Tampa team which finished Division-II runners-up in 1992, was denied a second signing when Durant's Kellie Evans chose Auburn over LSU, which she visited two weeks ago.

Evans, who used to play on Fotopoulos' select club team, the Temple Terrace Heather, verbally committed to Auburn several months ago.

"It would have taken a big miracle to change her mind," Fotopoulos said. "I'm disappointed we lost a fantastic player, but there are no hard feelings there."

_ SCOTT PURKS, PETE YOUNG, MIKE READLING, ROD GIPSON

How they rate

Recruiting analysts' rankings of the Class of 2000

BOBBY BURTON, RIVALS100.COM

1. Florida _ QB Brock Berlin, LB/DE Darrell Lee, OL Shannon Snell

2. Tennessee _ DB O.J. Owens, OL Michael Munoz, WR Rashad Baker

3. Penn State _ DT Erik Noll, QB Zac Wasserman, CB Adam Taliaferro

4. Ohio State _ RB Sam Maldonado, LB Marco Cooper, DE Will Smith

5. Texas _ WR B.J. Williams, QB Chance Mock, WR Roy Williams

6. Alabama _ DT Albert Means, DT Mac Tyler, S Harold James

7. Florida State _ DE Travis Johnson, CB Bryant McFadden, S Yohance Buchanan

8. Michigan State _ WR Charles Rogers, QB Jeff Smoker, RB Tyrell Dortch

9. Nebraska _ TE Chris Septak, LB Ira Cooper, CB Lornell McPherson

10. Arizona State _ TE Terrell Suggs, RB Michael Williams, QB Andrew Walters

MAX EMFINGER, NAT'L. BLUECHIPS RECRUITING

1. Tennessee _ DB O.J. Owens, OL Michael Munoz, WR Rashad Baker

2. Florida _ QB Brock Berlin, LB/DE Darrell Lee, OL Shannon Snell

3. Florida State _ DE Travis Johnson, CB Bryant McFadden, S Yohance Buchanan

4. Texas _ WR B.J. Johnson, QB Chance Mock, WR Roy Williams

5. Alabama _ DT Albert Means, DT Mac Tyler, S Harold James

6. Penn State _ DT Erik Noll, QB Zac Wasserman, CB Adam Taliaferro

7. Ohio State _ RB Sam Maldonado, LB Marco Cooper, DE Will Smith

8. Mississippi State _ WR Antonio Hargro, CB Bryan Shumaker, QB Ray Ray Bivens

9. (tie) Auburn _ RB Rudi Johnson (JC), DE Alton Moore (JC), QB Jason Campbell

Miami _ RB Willis McGahee, WR Willie Dixon, DT Vince Wilfork

Oklahoma _ OL Wes Sims, DT Jammal Brown, CB Terrance Simms (JC)

TOM LEMMING, PREP FOOTBALL REPORT

1. Florida _ QB Brock Berlin, LB/DE Darrell Lee, OL Shannon Snell

2. Tennessee _ DB O.J. Owens, OL Michael Munoz, WR Rashad Baker

3. Florida State _ DE Travis Johnson, CB Bryant McFadden, S Yohance Buchanan

4. Alabama _ DT Albert Means, DT Mac Tyler, S Harold James

5. Texas _ WR B.J. Williams, QB Chance Mock, WR Roy Williams

6. Penn State _ DT Erik Noll, QB Zac Wasserman, CB Adam Taliaferro

7. Notre Dame _ DT Greg Pauly, WR Lorenzo Crawford, RB Vontez Duff

8. Ohio State _ RB Sam Maldonado, LB Marco Cooper, DE Will Smith

9. Michigan State _ WR Charles Rogers, QB Jeff Smoker, RB Tyrell Dortch

10. Southern Cal _ S Matt Grootegoed, OL Joe McGuire, TE Alex Holmes

ALLEN WALLACE, SUPERPREP

1. Florida _ QB Brock Berlin, LB/DE Darrell Lee, OL Shannon Snell

2. Texas _ WR B.J. Williams, QB Chance Mock, WR Roy Williams

3. Florida State _ DE Travis Johnson, CB Bryant McFadden, S Yohance Buchanan

4. Penn State _ DT Erik Noll, QB Zac Wasserman, CB Adam Taliaferro

5. Tennessee _ WR Rashad Baker, DB O.J. Owens, OL Michael Munoz

6. Alabama _ DT Albert Means, DT Mac Tyler, S Harold James

7. Ohio State _ RB Sam Maldonado, LB Marco Cooper, DE Will Smith

8. Southern Cal _ S Matt Grootegoed, OL Joe McGuire, TE Alex Holmes

9. Miami _ RB Willis McGahee, WR Willie Dixon, DT Vince Wilfork

10. Michigan _ S Larry Stevens, RB Chris Perry, WR Markus Curry

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