Two area prep standouts commitment


Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 2:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 2:24 p.m.

Two of the area's top football

prospects have made college commitments.

Chiefland's Cortez Gent, whose area-best 702 yards receiving helped him earn Gainesville Sun small-school player-of-the-year honors, will play for Florida Atlantic.

And Dixie County's Paul O'hara, an all-area performer since he was a freshman, will play at Marshall.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Gent lined up at receiver, quarterback, safety and cornerback for the Indians last season and will play offense at FAU, according to Chiefland coach Sam Holland.

O'hara (6-1, 227) was recruited by various schools, including Florida and LSU for a while, to play

running back, linebacker or safety.

But in the end, the Bears' career rushing leader committed to Thundering Herd head coach Bobby Pruett and secondary coach Jim Collins (both former Gator assistants) Thursday afternoon at Dixie County High School over East Carolina, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

O'hara, who will play running back in college, won't be the only Bear to be signing next Wednesday.

Defensive end Justin Cotman has committed to Bethune-Cookman (where former Dixie County standout Nick Collins was an all-conference safety) and might be joined there by offensive lineman Ralph Jones, who also is considering a junior college in California.

And receiver/linebacker Leo Sliney will sign with either FAU or Youngstown State, according to Dixie County coach Brent Wilkerson.

Previously, Suwannee cornerback Bruce Johnson committed to Miami and Buchholz quarterback Alex Thompson committed to Central Florida.

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