The buzz

Published March 7, 2007

Where in the world?

Shawn Williamson is heading to a school he has never seen in a town he can't name in a state he has yet to visit.

All that matters to the Gulf senior is getting a shot at college football.

Williamson signed a letter of intent with Mississippi Delta Community College on Tuesday where he hopes to get a handle on his academic flaws that likely kept him from signing with a Division I program.

The goal is to make a big splash with stellar grades and dazzling skills. Williamson figures that combination will give him his best chance to be reunited with USF signee and Gulf teammate, quarterback Alton Voss.

"I would like to stay with Alton," Williamson said. "We did great together."

Williamson had 825 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping the Bucs to their first playoff appearance.

Williamson also considered Pearl River Miss. Community College until the coach recruiting him simply stopped calling.

"They just left him floating in the wind," Gulf coach Jay Fulmer said. "The guy kept saying he was going to make it into town to visit and he never showed up."

At Mississippi Delta, Williamson will play receiver and return kicks.

He knows it's in a small town - Moorhead - and he plans to visit soon.

"I heard it's in the middle of nowhere," Williamson said. "I'm pretty excited about it. It's a good deal."

Speaking of signings

Ridgewood pitcher Rikki Cotto signed a letter of intent Tuesday with St. Johns Community College in Palatka.

Cotto led the Rams with 28 strikeouts before Tuesday's game against Wesley Chapel. She was 3-3 with an 11.67 ERA.

She was playing in a travel ball tournament with her team, the Bullets, when she was scouted in Fort Lauderdale.

"They invited me to a tryout a few weeks later," Cotto said. "I researched the school on the Internet. They offered me full tuition, books, housing.

"I was also talking to PHCC, but when this school offered me I had to take it."

Rams coach Amber Starkey believes this was the right move as well.

"She loves the game of softball," Starkey said. "I think it's a great opportunity for her."

Help wanted

Wiregrass Ranch is looking for a cross country coach. Paging Glenn Cable!?

By the numbers

1 Losses for Land O'Lakes softball after falling to Academy of the Holy Names 5-4. The Gators are 7-1.

5 Victories for Amber Hay after Academy at the Lakes' 20-9 win over Oldsmar Christian. The eighth-grader was 5-1 before Tuesday's game.

10 Softball games involving Pasco County teams that were played Tuesday.

0 Tonight's scheduled softball games.

Izzy Gould can be reached at igould@tampabay.com or (727) 580-5315.