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Local list of 2021 football commits

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The Tampa Bay area always produces a tremendous amount of football talent. This year is no different. Several rising seniors have already pledged their allegiance to big-time colleges. Here is the list, which is expected to grow considerably in the next few months. 

Armwood

DB Noah Biglow

Last year’s stats: 28 tks, 6 ints

College: Pittsburgh

ATH Charles Montgomery

Last year’s stats: 720 rec. yds., 301 rushing yards, 14 tds

College: Florida

RELATED: Armwood’s Charles Montgomery commits to Florida

Berkeley Prep

DL/LB Austin Dean

Last year’s stats: 40 tks, 6 sacks

College: Rutgers

RELATED: Rutgers area pipeline continues with the addition of Berkeley Prep’s Austin Dean

WR RJ Garcia II

Last year’s stats: 20 rec., 516 yds., 6 tds

College: Kansas State

Boca Ciega

LB Evan Graham

Last year’s stats: 90 tkls., 3 sacks

College: Georgia State

Bloomingdale

WR Agiye Hall

Last year’s stats: 32 rec., 590 yds., 7 tds

College: Alabama

RELATED: Agiye Hall picks Alabama

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DB Philip Riley

Last year’s stats: 28 tks., 1 int

College: Notre Dame

RELATED: Bloomingdale’s Philip Riley commits to Notre Dame

Carrollwood Day

DL Desmond Mamudi

Last year’s stats: 85 tks, 5.5 sacks

College: USF

Clearwater Academy

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OL Albert Reese IV

College: Rutgers

East Lake

LB Dylan Rosiek

Last year’s stats: 117 tkls., 8 sacks, 8 ffs

College: Illinois

Gaither

RB Ricky Parks

College: Utah

DB Jordan Oladokun

Last year’s stats: 20 tkls., 2 ints

College: Iowa

DB Jordan Young

College: Florida

Jefferson

TE Gage Wilcox

Last year’s stats: 20 rec., 249 yds., 7 tds

College: Florida

Lakewood

WR Artez Hooker

Last year’s stats: 45 rec., 645 yds, 8 tds

College: Buffalo

LB Derrveron Maxwell-Black

Last year’s stats: 94 tkls., 4 sacks, 3 fmb. rec.

College: Pittsburgh

Plant City

WR Mario Williams

Last year’s stats: 27 rec., 795 yds, 9 tds

College: Oklahoma

RELATED: Plant City’s Mario Williams picks Oklahoma

Robinson

K/P Carson Bay

Last year’s stats: 7-8 PATs, 2-2 FGs, 35.6 avg. per punt

College: Air Force

RELATED: Robinson’s Carson Bay commits to Air Force

Steinbrenner

RB Deon Silas

Last year’s stats: 985 rush yds, 459 rec. yds., 13 tds 

College: Iowa State

RELATED: Steinbrenner’s Deon Silas commits to Iowa State

Tampa Bay Tech

WR Jamari Gassett

Last year’s stats: 48 rec., 875 yds., 9 tds

College: Buffalo

DL Henry Hughes

Last year’s stats: 17 tks., 3 sacks

College: Rutgers

RELATED: Rutgers making progress among local recruits under Greg Schiano

Tampa Catholic

DE/TE Cole Essek

College: Appalachian State

OL Jaden Sandlin

College: Florida Atlantic

OL Jordan Sandlin

College: Florida Atlantic

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Former PHU/UCF star Jacob Harris goes to Rams in 4th round

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Jacob Harris, a former star at Palm Harbor University and Central Florida, was taken in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Rams.

Harris, a former soccer standout who did not start playing organized football until senior year at Palm Harbor University, has gone through a meteoric rise to become a sleeper pick in this year’s draft.

He started off as a walk-on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF. For the past two seasons, Harris was a dependable receiver for the Knights. As a senior, he had 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns.

Harris’ most memorable game came against USF this past season when he had five catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns.

With the Rams, Harris will join former East Lake star Tyler Higbee in a group of tight ends that features plenty of locals.  

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The local list of potential NFL picks

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The NFL Draft concludes Saturday. Plenty of locals have the potential to be picked. Below is the list of former area stars who could hear their name called. All were either on mock drafts or were selected to an all-star game or NFL Combine. 

Photos courtesy of UCF Athletics

TE Jacob Harris, Palm Harbor University/UCF

Harris, a former soccer standout who did not start playing organized football until senior year at Palm Harbor University, has gone through a meteoric rise to become a sleeper pick in this year’s draft. He started off as a walk-on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF. For the past two seasons, Harris was a dependable receiver for the Knights. As a senior, he had 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns. Harris’ most memorable game came against USF this past season when he had five catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns. 

OL Shane McGough, Gaither/Florida International

The younger brother of former Gaither and FIU quarterback Alex McGough redshirted as a freshman before becoming a consistent starter on the Panthers’ offensive line. He was an all-Conference USA honorable mention selection in 2018 and 2020. This past season, McGough started in four of FIU’s five games as a center.  

WR Antonio Nunn, Jefferson/Buffalo

Nunn, a dynamic deep threat at Jefferson, redshirted his first season at Buffalo before rocketing up the depth chart. He started every game the past two seasons, finishing with a combined 86 catches for 1,271 yards and eight touchdowns. Nunn was a third-team all-MAC selection in 2019 and second-team selection this past season. 

Photo courtesy of Indiana University Athletics

WR Whop Philyor, Plant/Indiana

A first-team, all-state selection at Plant, Philyor became Indiana’s most dependable receiving target during his college career. He finished with 2,316 all-purpose yards (2,067 receiving, 134 rushing, 66 kick return, 49 punt return) in 38 games (22 starts).Philyor also is the Hoosiers’ s all-time leader in double-digit catch games (7), ranks fourth in receptions (180), fourth in 100-yard games (7), ninth in yardage (2,067) and is tied for 16th in touchdowns (12). He capped off his career by setting a Big Ten bowl and Outback Bowl record with 18 receptions for 81 yards. 

DL Justus Reed, CCC/Virginia Tech

A first-team, all-state selection, Reed led Clearwater Central Catholic to its only state final appearance as a senior in 2013. He started out at Florida before spending three seasons at Youngstown State. This past season, Reed transferred to Virginia Tech as a graduate student. He started in 10 of the Hokies’ 11 games, finishing with 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks.  

Photo courtesy of USF Athletics

DB K.J. Sails, East Bay/USF

A highly touted high school recruit, Sails spent his first three years in college at North Carolina before transferring to USF. As a junior, he led the Bulls in interceptions with three and recorded 22 tackles this past season. Sails gained notoriety this past summer when he organized a unity walk during the social justice movement that was attended by about 400 teammates, coaches, administrators and community members.  

Oregon's Jordon Scott/Photo credit: Oregon Athletics
Photo courtesy of Oregon Athletics

DL Jordon Scott, Pinellas Park/Oregon

The three-star high school prospect originally committed to Florida before signing with Oregon. He immediately became a force on the Ducks’ defensive line, earning FWAA freshman all-America honors in 2017. Scott opted to return to Oregon as a senior rather than turn pro and helped the Ducks reach the Pac-12 title game for the second straight season. 

Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics Communications

TE Pro Wells, Hollins/Texas Christian

As a senior at Hollins, Wells had a breakout season, finishing with 31 catches for 952 yards and five touchdowns. He played at Milford Academy and Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he became the No. 4 JUCO tight end in the nation. After redshirting in 2018 at Texas Christian, Wells turned a reliable red-zone target and led the team in touchdown receptions each of the past two seasons. 

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Tre McKitty goes to Chargers in the third round

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Georgia tight end Tre McKitty, who spent time at Wesley Chapel and Tampa Catholic before transferring to IMG Academy, was selected at the end of the third with the Los Angeles Chargers’ compensatory pick (97th overall). 

He becomes the first player with area ties taken in this year’s draft. 

A three-star recruit at IMG, McKitty started his college career at Florida State, where he played in 35 games and caught 50 passes for 520 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 

McKitty (photo above courtesy of UGA Athletic Association) went to Georgia as a graduate assistant this past season. He finished with six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. 

The Chargers have a knack for bringing in local talent. Former Admiral Farragut standout Rayshawn Jenkins was selected in the fourth by the Chargers in 2017. Sean Culkin (Indian Rocks Christian/Missouri) and Artavis Scott (East Lake/Clemson) spent time with team as undrafted free agents.  

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