Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Prep football: Two more Hurricanes get Division I offers

(photo by Tiffany Tompkins-Condie)

Scholarship offers keep flowing in for Manatee's football players.

Two more Hurricanes have received offers, according to assistant coach Chris Conboy, as offensive lineman Thor Miller has attracted FIU while running back/receiver Anthony Lauro has been offered by Akron and Western Kentucky.

The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Miller earned a spot on the All-Area First Team and helped Manatee win the Class 7A state championship. He underwent knee surgery after suffering an injury during wrestling season, but Miller said at the time he should be ready for the 2012 season.

Lauro made the First Team as well after totaling 631 rushing yards, 607 receiving yards and scoring 14 touchdowns.

Iowa State, Purdue and UCF have also shown a lot of interest in Lauro, Conboy said.

Miller and Lauro are the fifth and sixth returning Hurricane to net at least one Division I offer, joining quarterback Cord Sandberg and defensive linemen Blake Keller, DeMarcus Christmas and Derrick Calloway.

The Hurricanes had four players sign Division I scholarships in February: defensive back Clinton Heaven (North Carolina), running back Leon Allen (Western Kentucky) and linebackers Hershel Caywood (Brown) and Darius White (Iowa State).

Manatee will receive its state championship rings 6:30 p.m. Thursday at G.T. Bray prior to the baseball team's game with Riverview.

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