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Many local players still to pick schools

Published Sep. 26, 2005

(ran PC edition)

Zephyrhills kicker Brett Cimorelli is headed to Florida State and Land O'Lakes lineman Mark Sopcik to South Florida.

They weren't east Pasco County's only top recruits at the start of football season, but they were the only ones able to make decisions on signing day Wednesday.

Zephyrhills tailback Terry Allen and Pasco lineman Rudy Villa will have to sit this recruiting period out as they await results of college entrance tests. Until that happens, interest in the two prospects from recruiters is likely to remain muted.

"There's nothing yet," Pasco coach Ricky Thomas said of Villa, who endured back pain throughout the season.

"He's waiting to take his test. He's got the ability to play Division I, but with his academic situation, we won't know anything until after the test results come who is interested in him."

Zephyrhills coach Tom Fisher said the same thing of the situation facing the 5-10, 210-pound Allen, who was hampered this season by ankle and leg injuries.

"We won't know anything until we get his test results back," he said.

Two-sport star Justin Geisler of Land O'Lakes, who kicked a school-record 59-yard field goal in the fall, still hasn't decided between playing football or soccer, where he has scored 45 goals, and did not sign.

"I'm just going to leave it open for now," Geisler said.

After visiting Division I-AA Eastern Kentucky last weekend, Geisler said, "I decided I was going to stay somewhere in Florida."

He said he has been contacted by Division I-A schools South Florida, Central Florida and Miami, "but a lot of Florida schools want me to walk on. They don't like to give scholarships to kickers or they already have kickers."

On the west side, it was a wait-and-see day for its best prospects, River Ridge wideout/placekicker Jason Bingham and Hudson tailback Brad Felten.

Bingham (22 catches, 423 yards, five touchdowns) did not receive an offer, though Division I-AA Hofstra expressed late interest in him and requested film. The Flying Dutchmen have a scholarship open for a wide receiver.

Felten, who ran for 1,349 yards and nine touchdowns 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.

Felten also has a "preferred walk-on" offer from Division I-AA Troy State and may get the same thing from USF by today.

_ Staff writers John C. Cotey and Steve Lee contributed to this report.