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Hillsborough prep notes: Tampa Prep's Samuels selects Maryland

JARRETT GUTHRIE
Tribune staff

Published:   |   Updated: August 8, 2014 at 06:54 AM

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Tampa Prep senior Andrew Samuels has verbally committed to the University of Maryland, according to Tampa Prep soccer coach Doug Smith.

Smith said Samuels’ statistics might not overwhelm on the scoresheet, but he said the 5-foot-9, 150-pound defensive midfielder’s ability on the field is undeniable.

“Coaches at the college and national level are saying he is arguably the best player at his position in the country,” Smith said. “I’m not sure how many points he had for us last year, maybe a couple, but he plays that position so well that he’s turning heads at the highest level.”

Maryland’s men’s soccer program has won two NCAA championships in the past 10 years (2005 and ’08) and was the 2013 national runner-up.

Plant’s Rinkevich commits to Davidson

Plant senior and Tampa Bay United defender Seth Rinkevich has verbally committed to play soccer at Davidson College, according to Tampa Bay United Executive Director Eric Sims.

Rinkevich, a 6-foot-4 center back, is a big, physical presence for the Panthers defense and a threat on set pieces.

East Lake's White opts for Palm Beach Atlantic

East Lake and Tampa Bay United soccer player Karlie White has committed to Palm Beach Atlantic University, Sims said.

White, a senior midfielder, was a second-team Pinellas County Athletic Conference selection last season.

Plant City alum Brevik signs with Polk State

Plant City 2014 graduate Kelsey Brevik has committed to Polk State College, her father Kevin announced.

Brevik was a four-year starter on Plant City’s soccer team, helping the Raiders to a best-ever 18 wins in her senior season. She scored 11 goals as a freshman before moving to defense as the Raiders went 55-16-5 over the last four seasons.

Baseball

Reigning Tampa Tribune Baseball Player of the Year and Plant center fielder Kyle Tucker has been selected to a pair of national showcase games this month.

The highly touted University of Florida verbal commit led the county last season as a junior with a .415 average, 34 runs, 35 RBIs and nine home runs. Tucker has been invited to the Perfect Game All-American Classic on Sunday in San Diego, and then will travel to Chicago to play in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field.

Spoto outfielder Chris Chatfield, a University of South Florida commit, has also been invited to the Perfect Game Classic. Chatfield hit .371 last season with 23 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

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