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By FRANK PASTOR
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 6, 2001
TAMPA -- With one day remaining before national signing day, three Gaither players have chosen colleges.
Cornerback Marcus Russell and offensive lineman Cesar Paz recently joined defensive lineman Kenny Huebner in making oral commitments.
Russell will accept a scholarship offer from Division I-AA Fordham. He turned down offers from Villanova, Lafayette and Louisville.
Russell, who usually covered the opponents' top receiver, will play cover cornerback. He had six interceptions last season.
Offensive lineman Cesar Paz turned down scholarship offers from I-AA Alabama A&M and Bethune-Cookman to walk on at Division I-A South Florida.
A 6-foot-2, 285-pound tackle at Gaither, Paz is projected as a center. As a preferred walk-on, he can earn a scholarship in January 2002.
"It was something I couldn't turn down," Paz said. "I'm walking on, but I have an opportunity to battle for a position right away."
Huebner committed to USF in January.
Running back Lydell Ross rescinded a pledge to Notre Dame. He said he will decide between Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida on Wednesday.
Gaither (11-2) set a school record for victories last season and advanced to the regional finals for the first time.
GREEN TO KANSAS: Robinson tailback Clark Green orally committed to Kansas on Monday.
Green rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He also returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown and had 72 tackles and two interceptions as a linebacker and safety.
"He was a workhorse, just a tremendous athlete," said Robinson coach Bud Hodgens. "I really think he's going to be a steal."