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COUGARS MAKE DEAL WITH UNDER ARMOUR

Countryside's football program has teamed with Under Armour to sell team items on the apparel company's website, said John Schroeder, president of the school's football booster club.

The deal includes discounts for school apparel, such as polos and T-shirts. A portion of the proceeds will be used as a fundraiser for the football program.

Countryside is the first school in the bay area to have an agreement to sell its gear on Under Armour's site, requiredteamgear.com. The deal does not include team jerseys for players to wear during games because the county already has an agreement with Nike.

"This is partly about Countryside football but also should be good exposure for the county," Schroeder said. "Hopefully this will work and other teams will follow. It's a good step in the right direction to help showcase teams in Pinellas."

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Proposed ban would delay commitments

In recent weeks, high-profile players such as Tampa Catholic's Hunter Joyer and Nature Coast's Ja'Juan Story have orally committed to Florida.

A proposed ban on early scholarship offers being considered by the NCAA might have an impact on such commitments in the future.

According to the Associated Press, the NCAA will consider a ban on scholarship offers earlier than July 1 before a player's senior year. The AP reported the rule would apply to all sports and could be passed later this year or next.

Joyer and Story, both seniors in the fall, among many other bay area recruits, were offered dozens of scholarships dating to last year.

According to the AP, some coaches hope the ban could slow an arms-race mentality that has led to earlier and earlier commitments by unproven prospects.

The proposal would also require coaches to receive a high school transcript documenting at least five semesters or seven quarters of academic work for a recruit before offering a scholarship.

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LaGrange stocking up on bay area players

This past season, LaGrange College, a Division III school in Georgia, did not have a player from the bay area on its baseball roster. In the past month, it has added four.

Osceola's Brock Jensen became the latest. The pitcher, who transferred from Dixie Hollins, went 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA for the Warriors last season.

Jensen joins teammate Tyler Brown and Northeast's Noel Thomas and Phil Woods as part of LaGrange's recruiting class.

This past season, LaGrange received its first bid to the NCAA D-III baseball championships.

- Northeast had three more baseball players from its graduating class sign.

Pitchers Walter Lamerson and James Gray signed with South Florida Community College in Avon Park. Donald Grimm has decided to go to Briar Cliff University in Iowa. The Vikings now have six who will play in college next season.

- Kevin Kunnen, a 2007 Countryside graduate, is leaving Florida State to sign with Southeastern University in Lakeland.

After playing baseball for the Cougars, Kunnen signed with Pasco-Hernando Community College and started for two seasons. He then went to FSU, where he redshirted this past season.

Kunnen will be a junior. He joins former Pinellas Park star William Glessner (Brevard Community College) and Durant's Cameron Ellis as players from the area to sign with Southeastern this year.

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