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Recruiting process continues for Pasco players

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:40 AM

The Sunlake High football team, coming off an 8-2 season but narrowly missing the playoffs, is trying to move some of its players on to the college level.

Eddie Burgos has been getting interest from Wingate (N.C.) and Carson Newman (Tenn.), two Division II universities. Burgos, who had 1,013 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns and four interceptions, could play offense and defense.

Josh Zifer, who had 1,002 yards and nine touchdowns rushing at quarterback, is getting interest from Central Methodist University in Missouri, as is WR/LB Brogan Ronske, who could also play both sides of the ball. CMU is also interested in Burgos, Sunlake coach Bill Browning said.

"It's really early in the process because no one has taken any visits," Browning said. "They're all still weighing their options."

Additionally, standout soccer player Connor Gilboy could walk on at Florida, which has shown interest after he made seven field goals and 29 PATs after only one season at placekicker. Browning said the Gators would bring in Gilboy and two other kickers to compete for the walk-on spot.

Barrett, Long get looks

Anclote RB Willie Barrett and Zephyrhills OL/DL Devon Long both participated in the Under Armour combine Friday that was held for prospective 2014 and 2015 recruits. Barrett and Long both went through position drills at Tropicana Field before the Under Armour game was played on national television.

Barrett, who is starting to garner recruiting interest, led the Sharks with 1,405 yards and 14 touchdowns and also had 56 tackles, a sack and an interception at linebacker. Long helped lead the Bulldogs to a 6-4 record, but the team missed the playoffs after losing to Anclote in a three-way playoff.

Fivay players garner interest

With the regular season long over for seniors, the recruiting trail is now the focus for many and Fivay currently has plenty of players who are on the radars of many colleges.

Black Hills State visited Fivay and took a look at seniors Andrew Meyer, Willis Reeves, Steven Wetzel, Kevin and Michael Faulkner and also underclassman Tyler Degen. The University of South Florida is looking at tight end Kevin Faulkner and running back Davion Sutton.

Among the other colleges that have stopped and shown interest in Fivay's talent pool are Webber International, Jacksonville, Alabama A&M, Villanova, Furman, Stetson and Brown.

"We have some kids we feel can play college football," Fivay coach Chris Taylor said. "We'll see where the recruiting process takes us, but I'm excited for the kids."


Compiled by Bart O'Connell, Mike Camunas and Andy Villamarzo

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