Oldsmar Christian guard Jordan Fair spent last season in the shadows of playmaking seniors David Minaya and Leo Liriano, who both earned scholarships at Tennessee Tech.
Now Fair has found a Division I home. Fair has orally committed to North Florida of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Ospreys finished 3-26 last season, their second since moving to D-I.
"They play an up-tempo style and I'm more of an up-tempo guard," Fair said. "There's a good playing-time situation, and I really liked the coaches."
Fair averaged 12 points and five assists last season for the Eagles, who finished 15-10 and lost in the first round of the Class A region playoffs. The 6-foot, 165-pound senior is a pass-first point guard, but has improved his shot, and according to his coach, delivers Division I intangibles.
"He's a very heady player, very crafty with the ball," Oldsmar Christian coach Ryan Pannone said. "He's a big-time hustle guy who has a great work ethic."
WARRIORS ON THE MOVE: Osceola shortstop Matt Ramsey signed to play for Eckerd College next season. Ramsey, a Times' second-team all-county selection, hit .402 with two homers and 19 stolen bases.
For football, several members of Osceola's stalwart senior class found homes for next season: fullback Bryce Williams (Mesa Community College in Arizona), center Josh Willett (Missouri Valley), RB/LB Corey Hadley, kicker Vinny Gianfrancesco and RB Juan McKinney (College of the Redwoods in California). G Tom Lewis will walk on at UCF and DB/RB Jeremy Davis signed with Huntingdon (Ala.) College.
TRIFECTA: Countryside softball outfielder Brooke Mitchell will play for Division II Nova Southeastern next year. Mitchell hit .341 with 23 RBIs in 2007. Mitchell was one of just three graduating seniors for the Cougars, who reached the Class 6A state semifinals. All three will compete in college next year, with shortstop GiOnna DiSalvatore (UCLA) and catcher Alyssa Allbritten (N.C. State).