5 Chiefs Make 5A All-State Football
Chamberlain senior quarterback Dontae Aycock, Wharton senior defensive back Jairus Jones, Alonso senior defensive lineman Demonte McAllister and Newsome senior offensive lineman Conor O'Neal each were named Friday to Florida's Class 5A All-State first team.
Aycock was one of five Chiefs to earn all-state recognition. Chamberlain senior defensive lineman Dontavious Pyron and sophomore linebacker James Wilder Jr. were second-team selections, while senior running back Kenny Allen and senior receiver Anthony Williams were honorable-mention selections.
Gaither senior running back Jarvis Giles was a third-team selection in 5A.
In 6A, Durant senior offensive lineman Cole Gilliam was named to the all-state second team, while Riverview senior linebacker Devin Ray was a third-team selection.
MITCHELL COMMITS TO UF: Durant senior John Mitchell, last year's 4A state track and field champion in the 1,600-meter run, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Florida.
"I really felt my chances of getting some top training was there at Florida," Mitchell said. "I've always wanted to go there because of all the great sports teams the school has produced and because of the great competition the athletes see in that conference. And it's a top academic school, too."
Mitchell earned first team all-Hillsborough County honors in track last spring and followed it with another all-county performance in cross country. He owns personal bests of 4 minutes, 21.63 seconds in the 1,600, 1:55.89 for the 800 and, in cross country, ran 15:52 for 5k.
OTHER COMMITMENTS: Senior baseball player Chris Bonti will sign with Wesleyan University, senior Monique Lamotte will sign a soccer scholarship with New Hampshire and soccer standout Deion Jones will sign with Florida Gulf Coast on National Signing Day on Wednesday, Freedom athletic director Elijah Thomas said.
Also, Newsome senior infielder Meagan Schultz has signed with Emory, while outfielder Laura Lovell has signed with Florida Community College-Jacksonville, Newsome coach Jessi Kowal-Ray said.