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By FRANK PASTOR
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 2, 2001
TAMPA -- Riverview's Jahmile Addae has the speed to cover a receiver man-to-man and the strength to stop a fullback in his tracks.
His hands are soft enough to catch passes, his legs swift enough to avoid tacklers.
No single skill made Addae a Division I prospect. But his versatility made him hard for schools to resist.
Addae orally committed to West Virginia on Wednesday. He also received offers from Louisville and Bowling Green.
"(Versatility), I believe, is the key," said Addae, who will be a defensive back in college. "College and high school are two different levels. What you might excel at in high school, you might not excel at in college."
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Addae runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He completed the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds at last year's district meet.
He had 73 tackles this past season, including 40 solo stops and four tackles for loss. He also intercepted four passes, deflected three and recovered a fumble.
As a running back, Addae averaged six yards per carry and caught a 40-yard touchdown pass.
"He's one of the best strikers in high school football," Riverview coach Alex Albert said. "He's a great hitter, he's got speed, power, athletic ability, soft hands and he can run the football."
BUSKEY TO FAMU: Armwood quarterback Ron Buskey orally committed to NCAA Division I-AA Florida A&M. Buskey, a two-time all-state player, is Armwood's career passing leader. He completed 180 of 275 passes (65 percent) for 2,797 yards and 24 touchdowns with just 7 interceptions while leading Armwood to the state Class 3A semifinals.
"Florida A&M throws the ball nine-and-a-half out of every 10 times," Armwood coach Sean Callahan said. "That's what Ron wants to do, throw it all the time. That's what he's done here."