The Division III school outside Chicago, which has lured several Floridians, lands Leopard linemen Donnie Snider and Jason Myers.
Former Hernando High linemen Donnie Snider and Jason Myers will continue their playing careers together at Division III Elmhurst College outside Chicago.
Snider, an offensive guard and defensive end, was a two-year starter. Myers was a three-year starter at center and offensive tackle.
"It's a small school, but it's real competitive," Hernando coach Bill Browning said. "They run the wing-T up there, and I know they really like how (Snider) pulled."
Elmhurst finished last season 2-6.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Snider, an All-Suncoast offensive lineman last season, was largely responsible for punching holes for running backs Jamar Williams, Dee Brown and Johnnie Thompson. He also was an emotional leader who knew the value of a pointed comment or challenge.
Elmhurst recruited Snider to play guard and Myers to play center, Browning said.
The two visited the school together, but Snider committed first. He said his only reservation was being so far from his mother and little sister.
"The people up there treated me real nice, and treated my mom real nice," he said. "She really liked the school too, so we're happy with it."
Snider and Myers should have plenty of people with whom to reminisce about mild winters and palmetto bugs on cold Midwest nights. Nineteen players on the 1999 Bluejays roster were from Florida, including Tampa Catholic's Chris Foley and Hudson's Luke Walker.
The team is coached by Paul Krohn, who has produced one NCAA Division III career leader, one All-America honoree, and two players who played professionally in Europe.
Elmhurst is a liberal arts college of more than 2,800 students, and a charter member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Since 1994, participation in Bluejays athletics has more than doubled to nearly 400 students. Most teams boast grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher, according to a school release.
Another former Leopard, linebacker Brian Haygood, has been accepted at Bethune-Cookman College and will attempt to walk on the team, according to Browning.
"It's not a preferred walk-on, but he's already been accepted, and hopefully things will work out for him," Browning said.