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February 2, 2012
First Coast area recap - Signing Day
The day started at First Coast High School which had five players signing with football bowl subdivision programs and host to the biggest switcharoo the First Coast has seen in quite some time.
Linebacker Reggie Northrup who committed to Miami back in June had everyone confused when he sat down to sign his letter of content. There were only three hats in front of him - Arkansas, Clemson and North Carolina, all colleges that Northrup had taken official visits to.
"After taking five visits, it made it hard, you know, especially by me going to Clemson last weekend, it just made things more confusing," said Northrup, a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. "But, you know, I just sat there and talked to my parents and prayed about it, things have been really confusing these last twenty-four hours and honestly I didn't come up with a decision until I woke up this morning."
Northrup, announced his college choice with swag. Superman style, while sitting there starring at the three hats in front of him. Northrup stood up, unbuttoned his suit jacket, started unbuttoning his his shirt only to peel it back and reveal a garnet and gold seminoles shirt.
Northrup's decision was out and so were the Hurricanes. Northrup had pulled the swicharoo.
"Me and my coach, defensive coordinator, [Coach Fred Culver] came up with the idea of how to announce it, " Northrup said, It was different because I confused everybody."
Fellow linebacker Joseph Jackson signed with North Carolina.
Wide Receiver Chris Black, one of the nation's elite players signed with Alabama. Black graduated early and has been in Tuscaloosa for the last two weeks.
Two other players decided to continue playing together as Justin Osbourne and Adrian McClendon signed with Elon.
The Buccaneers were the area's best team last season, becoming the first public school to reach the state championship since Raines did it in 1997. First Coast lost to Manatee 40-0 in the Class 7A state championship.
Then it was off to The Bolles School, who had five players of their own signing football scholarships.
Offensive Lineman John Theus signed with Georgia, joining his brother Nathan who signed with the bulldogs this time last year.
Fellow Offensive Lineman Jon Heck, son of Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Line Coach Andy Heck, signed with The University of North Carolina.
Kicker Brooks Abbott decided to sign with Virginia Tech as a preferred walk-on. Abbott says he is excited to have the chance to learn under special teams guru Frank Beamer.
My final trip of the afternoon took me to Trinity Christian Academy. The Conquerors had six players sign letters of intent.
Lynn Griffin signed with Georgia Tech.
Selwyn Carroll is off to Western Illinois. Briyan Eady signs with Citris College. Wesley Owings will be a preferred walk-on at Florida.
Here's a complete list of FBS School signings on the First Coast (courtesy of the Florida Times-Union)
Here's a of the FCS (Football Championship Series) schools that signed First Coast area talent