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Hillsborough: News and Notes
By JOE SMITH AND KEITH NIEBUHR
Published December 21, 2007
Patchan "torn" over college pick
For Armwood senior tackle Matt Patchan, one of the nation's most highly recruited linemen, choosing between his top three suitors - Florida, Miami and LSU - hasn't been an easy chore. Although a decision could come at any time, Patchan's father, Matt, said the senior could take "all the way up to the (U.S. Army All-America game Jan. 5) to pick."
"He is torn," said Matt Patchan, who played at Miami. "He recognizes the promise of immediate success at the other two teams (LSU, Florida) vs. the history and emotion that goes with Miami. And the opportunity is there with all of them. Each had individual things where he feels he might find a niche with them."
Patchan, who had home visits with all three schools last week, including a visit from five Florida coaches, will enroll at his college choice in January. His father said the family plans to move closer to wherever he goes - whether it be Louisiana, Miami or Gainesville.
"We've had discussions, but he doesn't share a lot," Matt Patchan said. "When he's ready, he'll let us know."
Cougars star unsure of future
Standout Durant setter Alexa Donini wants to attend UCF. And she wants to walk on the volleyball team there. But for the latter to happen, she must first get accepted.
"I'm applying there over the break," Donini said Thursday. "I like the size, and our whole senior class is going there."
Donini, a three-year starter, was a Class 6A second-team all-state pick. She helped lead Durant to the Class 6A final.
WR has D-I offers
Alonso receiver Joe Clarke has secured Division I-A offers from Miami (Ohio) and Western Kentucky. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder returned from a visit to WKU on Sunday night. He will travel to Miami the first weekend in January before making a decision.
Look for the Times' all-Hillsborough County football team in Sunday's sports section. Our all-Suncoast team (Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas counties) will run Christmas Day.
Armwood kicker commits
Armwood senior kicker Wesley Skiffington has committed to Stony Brook, a Division I-AA program in New York. Skiffington made 4 of 7 field goals and averaged 42.6 yards per punt.
State football all-star showdown
Hillsborough County players in the FACA North-South All-Star Classic at 7 tonight at Lakeland High: Plant's Derek Winter and Rhonne Sanderson, Hillsborough's Moses McCray and Marc Thomas, Middleton's Carlton Jones and Tampa Bay Tech's Jermaine Williams.