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Wildcats to announce football choices

POSTED: July 5, 2017 11:35 a.m.
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Sam James, left, and Justin Jeffery will announce their college football choices at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Richmond Hill’s Sam James, Justin Jeffery and Joseph Petrino will announce their college football choices at 10 a.m. Friday in the school’s LINK media center on the west campus.

James, one of the most sought after wide receivers in the country, has narrowed his list of schools to West Virginia, Cincinnati, Maryland and Mississippi State.

Jeffery will choose from among Liberty, Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, North Carolina-Charlotte and The Citadel.

Petrino, like James, also has an offer from Maryland, as well as Army and Samford.

James in May had trimmed his list to 10 schools, which at the time included Wake Forest, Louisville, Memphis, South Carolina, Colorado State and Georgia Southern. The Mississippi State offer came after he ran a 4.28 40-yard-dash at the Bulldogs’ camp last month.

Jeffery also received offers from Mercer, Elon, Southeastern and Alabama State.

Depending on where James and Jeffery pick, they could be following in the footsteps of two former Wildcats. Nick Fitzgerald and Dominique Allen will both be senior quarterbacks this fall at Mississippi State and The Citadel, respectively.

James, Jeffery and Petrino are all multi-sport athletes. Petrino was first team all-region in soccer as well as football, while James was first team all-region in football and won the state title in 400 meters at the 6A state track meet in May. Jeffery was honorable mention in football, while he and James were also members of the Wildcats basketball team that made the state playoffs this past winter.

The last time Richmond Hill had three football players sign with Division I schools in the same year was 2012, when Allen signed with the Air Force Academy (he later transferred to The Citadel), Canon Rooker signed with Middle Tennessee State University and Taylor Hayes chose Alabama State University.

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