Experience As Senior Proves Out Jackets Win, Sunday, May 28, 1967, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Jackets In College: Lee Hanks, Morningside College; Undra Mitchem, The
Citadel

Hanks, Mitchem To Sign Grants Today

February 14, 1990|By Joe Williams of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 10:41 a.m.

LEESBURG — Lee Hanks became the second running back from Leesburg High School to orally
commit to a college Monday night. He is expected to sign today - NCAA National Signing Day - with
Morningside College of Sioux City, Iowa.

Hanks is expected to sign at 1 p.m., about three hours after his running back mate, Undra Mitchem, is
scheduled to sign with The Citadel of Charleston, S.C. Mitchem orally committed with the Cadets about
two weeks ago.

Those signings are the only ones scheduled for players from Lake and Sumter counties today, which is
the first day colleges are allowed to sign high school seniors to football grants.

Meanwhile, Groveland Coach Gene Foster referred to this year's recruiting season as one of the most
puzzling of his career. Foster can not understand why no colleges have shown an interest in James
Boyd, a senior linebacker/offensive guard for the Greenback Gators.

Foster said Boyd graded out well during football camps last summer at the University of Florida and
Florida State.

''It would be a disgrace if someone doesn't pick him up,'' Foster said. ''It's very puzzling to me. He has
the size, the speed and the strength to play.''

And, perhaps most importantly, he also has the grades.

''I'm pretty disappointed nobody contacted James,'' Foster said. ''He's a good person. He has every tool
that you need to play college football. He is 6-2, 225, and he's not done growing yet, and he runs 4.6
(seconds) in the 40.

''It's kind of scarry. It makes you wonder what these college recruiters are looking for.''

Two kids who don't have to wonder anymore are Mitchem and Hanks. Although Hanks does have to
wonder how he is going to like a winter's worth of cold, snowy weather.

''It's real cold out there,'' said Hanks, who visited Morningside a couple of weeks ago. ''I had never seen
snow before, but it snowed all weekend while I was there. Who knows, I might get a chance to learn to
ski?

''The coaches up there were very nice,'' Hanks said. ''They seemed as though they really cared about
your education. They showed an interest in academics and what you plan on doing after college.''

At Morningside, Hanks will have to adjust to being the one back in the offensive set, a drastic difference
to this season when he was one of three backs in Leesburg's Wishbone set. But Hanks said he isn't
afraid of the adjustment. He's had three head coaches during his four seasons at Leesburg. He knows
about change.

''It's going to give him an opportunity to play right away,'' Leesburg Coach Ken Weir said. ''They wanted
him real bad and by going to a Division II school, he'll get a little more personal attention than he would
at a big college.''

Two other Leesburg players, Willie Dickens and Mike Parker, are expected to go the junior college
route, and Kevin Leadbetter appears to have a pretty good chance to go to Dartmouth and play football,
Weir said.

Other players from the area have also been getting some attention, but none appear set to sign today.
Two schools that seem to have recruited heavily here are Mars Hill (N.C.) College and Cumberland
College of Williamsburg, Ky.

Cumberland College, as well as Bethel College of North Newton, Kan., has shown an interest in
Umatilla's Stoney Brunson (linebacker) and Rick Rodgers (offensive guard). If Brunson and Rodgers
go to Bethel, they will be reunited with two former Umatilla players, Rudy Rolle and Chris Clark.

Mount Dora's Steve Harley (wide receiver) is being looked at by Cum berland, Guilford College of
Greensboro, N.C., and the University of Ak ron, which is were former Mount Dora star John Clark is a
linebacker. Mars Hill appears it will be getting the services of Wildwood running back Randy James
and linebacker Kurtis Nesselrotte. Linebacker John Gideons of South Sumter also has been in
contacted by Mars Hill and Elon (N.C.) College.Clermont wide receiver Devon Cole has heard from
Mars Hill and Florida A&M.

Clermont kicker Mike Jones, who Coach Bruce Kregloe is touting to colleges as a double athlete in
football and baseball, has been informed by most schools they want him to walk-on for football. Eustis'
Garlan Wilkins, a defensive back, received a call Monday night from Culver-Stockton College of Canton,
Minn., and defensive back Brian Treves is going to attend a tryout at Troy (Ala.) State in March.

Wildwood's Teka Brown appears headed from Northwest Mississippi Junior College in Senatobia,
Miss., and Carlos Faison and Marvin Coleman are looking at a variety of community colleges and a
couple of colleges. Todney Woolfolk is visiting Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., this weekend.



This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the  senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com