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Pasco coach keeping busy

Tribune Correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 07:58 AM

Football season may be over, but it's still been busy around Pasco coach Tom McHugh's office.

The program's winningest coach, who just wrapped up his sixth season at 12-1, has been keeping track of offers and interest his players are garnering, specifically that of stellar athlete Janarion Grant.

Grant has a dozen or so offers, including USF and Texas Tech, but also set up a visit with Oklahoma State on Jan. 18.

"I really like that coach and that school," McHugh said. "That coach really seems to care and I think it would be good for Janarion to get away."

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound speedster also set up a visit with Rutgers, which has offered him, too, on Jan. 24th and hopes to get in a visit to West Virginia, as well.

Fellow senior running back David Emmanuel has three offers, the latest came from Memphis.

Emmanuel, who had 1,363 yards and 17 touchdowns, also has offers from Rutgers and FAU.

"I think he really likes them," McHugh added.

Other players are starting to get interest, too, including cornerback Damien Wilson, who is set to visit Nebraska Kearney, a Division II football program. Morgan Flournory, who had a county record 22.5 sacks, is starting to get interest from Stetson, Jacksonville and Black Hills State, a Division II program in Spearfish, South Dakota.

According to McHugh, Black Hills is also interested in Jajuan Henry and James McClinton.

Gator gone

Defensive lineman Joey Ivie wasted no time. Literally.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder is no longer a Florida commit, but already a Gators player. Ivie graduated from Pasco on Dec. 21 and will begin classes at Florida on Jan. 8. Ivie early enrolled and should expect to play in Florida's Orange and Blue game this spring.

"He worked like crazy to get out," McHugh said. "He had to take the whole year of English (class) in the first half of the year and took online classes on top of a full class load while we were playing. I'm really proud of how hard he worked.''

From Pirate to Pro

Come April, Josh Johnson will make history.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Purdue cornerback is expected to drafted in the late first, early second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In fact, Johnson's expected to be the highest pick from this county since former Zephyrhills great Ryan Pickett was selected 29th overall in 2001 by the St. Louis Rams.

McHugh says he feels great pride while watching Johnson, who was selected to the All-Big Ten team after having three interceptions, 58 tackles, a sack, 16 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

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