By PETE YOUNG
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 30, 2000
Two of Pinellas County's top pass catchers have orally committed to Division I schools.
Gibbs wide receiver Cedric King, who helped the Gladiators to a 7-4 record and a state playoff berth, has committed to South Florida, and East Lake tight end Bobby Williamson, who helped the Eagles reach the playoffs, has committed to Clemson.
King, brother of Buccaneers quarterback Shaun, is the second Pinellas receiver with Bucs connections to commit to the Bulls this month, joining Clearwater Central Catholic's Marcus Edwards, whose father, Herman, is a Bucs assistant coach.
"I talked with my family and my brother and we decided it was the best situation for me," said the 5-foot-10, 170-pound King, who chose USF over Tulane and Florida Atlantic. "My parents will be able to see me play."
Shaun King attended Tulane, but Cedric, who expects to compete for kickoff and punt-return duty, said his brother didn't put any pressure on him.
King had 20 receptions for 313 yards (15.7 average) during the regular season and was chosen second-team all-county by the Times.
Williamson, 6-4, 240, chose Clemson over Oklahoma and Virginia. A Times first-team all-Pinellas selection, he is considered an outstanding blocker and was East Lake's leading receiver with 16 catches for 344 yards (21.5 average). The Eagles lost in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. KENTUCKY: School officials said they uncovered rules violations. Larry Ivy, director of athletics, would not discuss specifics but said the findings would be turned over to the NCAA when the school's investigation is complete. Ivy's investigation was winding down when he was told Thursday that the Louisville Courier-Journal had copies of four cashed money orders totaling $1,400 that had been purchased Oct. 25 at the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union and made payable to the name of a high school coach, Tim Thompson, in Memphis, Tenn. Thompson, who could not be reached for comment, coached UK's star defensive tackle, Dewayne Robertson, at Melrose.
PENN STATE: Adam Taliaferro, a freshman defensive back whose spine was severely injured while making a tackle this season, is expected to leave a Philadelphia hospital next week. Doctors say prospects for a full recovery are good.
OBITUARY: Levi Jackson, a running back and Yale's first black captain in November 1948, died of heart failure Dec. 7 in Detroit at 74. He was named captain 19 months after Jackie Robinson first played in the major leagues.
- Information from Times wires was used in this report.