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Large group of county athletes ready to sign

By JOHN C. COTEY and JOHN SCHWARB
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 4, 2003

With signing day just one day away, a host of area players have announced their intentions with oral committments.

Tops amongst them is Northeast dual threat Dominique Flower, who is headed to Iowa State.

Flower, a 6-foot, 200 pound defensive back and wingback, was a first team all-county selection this season. He averaged 16 yards every time he touched the ball -- 9.9 yards as a runner and 25.1 yards as a receiver.

Flower had 443 yards rushing and four touchdowns, and was third in the county in receiving yards with 729 on 29 catches with five touchdowns.

Another all-county pick, second-teamer Jonathon Moore of Gibbs, will sign with Massachusetts, said coach Al Davis, while teammate and second-teamer Siausi Uhatafe is headed to USF.

Moore, a 6-0, 185-pound wide receiver, was sixth in Pinellas with 30 catches for 680 yards and four scores. Moore missed the 2000 season with a broken leg.

Uhatafe (6-2, 230) is a former running back that Davis said was moved to linebacker at the request of college coaches who suggested he would have a better shot at getting a scholarship.

Other players who intend on signing Wednesday:

Countryside kicker Chase Hobby is headed to Navy. The 5-11, 175-pounder had been a career-long soccer player, but kicked 11 field goals, including a 50-yarder against Armwood in the playoffs.

"(Navy) coach (Paul) Johnson feels he can come right in and kick right away for them," Countryside coach John Davis said."

St. Petersburg Catholic defensive end Josh Cromartie committed to Division I-AA Villanova. Barons coach Dan Mancuso said Cromartie (6-4, 225) led the team with 15 sacks this season.

Boca Ciega wide receiver Carl Berman will sign with Indiana State. Berman was a key cog in the Pirates' best season in years, helping them to a playoff berth. The 5-10, 160 pounder finished with 39 catches for 705 yards and six touchdowns.

Seminole receiver Reno Eguia will sign with Florida International.

Along with Moore and Uhatafe, Davis said four more of his players will sign -- linemen DaJuan Davis and Ray Mazochowski with NAIA William Penn; center Jesse George with Division III Methodist in Fayetteville, N.C., and defensive end John Jackson with Dodge City (Kansas) Community College.

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