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Ex-Falcons star QB Wilson back on track

By BOB PUTNAM
Published March 4, 2006


Two seasons ago, Theo Wilson was a multidimensional quarterback who beat teams with his arm as well as his legs. As a senior in 2004, he passed for 1,434 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns in leading Dunedin to the playoffs.

There was one thing, though, that stopped him from doing the same thing in college.

His grades.

Wilson did not graduate and went back to high school this year.

He currently is on course to get his diploma in May. He also set his future in motion by signing with Southwest Mississippi Community College.

"I'm real proud of Theo," Dunedin coach Mark Everett said. "He could have dodged what he needed to do and went astray. But he kept his nose clean and has 3.0 GPA right now."

SMCC coach Dom Green, a former Seminole standout, found out about Wilson from Warhawks coach Sam Roper while attending a coaches conference two months ago.

"(Green) was looking for an option/shotgun quarterback," Everett said. "Roper said he should check out Theo. It's a perfect fit."

SMCC also is looking at Tim Benjamin, a former Dunedin running back who missed his senior season in '04 with a knee injury.

WORTH THE WAIT: Of all the things Clearwater Central Catholic's Ronnie Harris experienced during his recruiting process, the waiting seemed to be the hardest part.

The wait is finally over.

Harris, a first-team, all-county selection, put an end to his roller-coaster ride when he signed with Division I-AA Jacksonville.

"I know Ronnie was excited to just get going," Marauders coach Mike Jalazo said.

Last season, Harris (5-foot-6, 155 pounds), ran for 1,916 yards and scored 18 touchdowns.

Yet he did not appear on the radar screen of big-time college programs.

Yearning to play for a Division I school, Harris decided to hold off and wait for other schools to tender offers.

He chose Jacksonville over Akron, Army and Assumption (Mass.) College.

SIGNED, SEALED DELIVERED: Boca Ciega girls basketball standout Tiffany Williams signed with North Florida.

Williams missed the first half of this season while rehabbing a torn ACL that she sustained in the summer. She came back to lead the Pirates to a district title and a berth in the Class 5A region semifinals.