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January 22, 2013

Northeast athlete accepts offer, commits

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ST PETERSBURG -- After thinking it over, Auggie Sanchez liked the opportunity.

Sanchez, a 6-foot-2, 215 pd Middle Linebacker at Northeast High School, has decided to cross over to play fullback and h-back for Willie Taggart and the USF Bulls.

"I thought about it, and if I can get on the field, I'm willing to play anything," Sanchez said. "This is a chance for me to return the hit. Fullback, tight end, whatever it will be - it's basically a linebacker on offense."

Sanchez lined up in the 'wildcat' formation for the Vikings(7-4) this past year.

"I actually emerged onto the scene at Northeast as a tight end," Sanchez said. "I guess you can say I'm going back home."

Sanchez becomes the fifth commitment from the Jan. 18 visitors, including Manatee's Derrick Calloway, Sarasota Booker DE Eric Mayes, Countryside DE Mike Love and Kissimmee Osceola DB Hassan Childs.

Sanchez' high school coach - Mike Jalazo - compared him to another former player, currently in the NFL - Riley Cooper.

"I can tell you - I coached Riley Cooper (former Florida receiver) and Colin McCarthy at Clearwater Central Catholic," said Jalazo. "Auggie ranks right up there with them," Jalazo said. "I'd put him on equal footing."

"Recruiters see him on film and are amazed at just how big he is," Jalazo added. "He's physically very strong and add that with his intelligence and you've got a field coach."

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