The reaction from Mainland High football coach John Maronto summed up Tuesday's activity on fax machines in high school athletics offices throughout the country.
"Oh, jeesh," Maronto said of the number of faxes received on the first day juniors could be offered college football scholarships, as per NCAA rules. "There are way too many to count ... If I start naming names, somebody's gonna get left off. "
Of course the always-accommodating Maronto tried to then name off the list of juniors who received offers. He got to the eighth Buccaneers player, but then he stopped. But he did mention RB Telvin Hooks, OL Garrett Clark, DB Tyrell Burris, QB Austin Parker, ATH Stephon Wilson and DB Brenden Glaze. Of course, we're sure he left off others, and those who come to mind are offensive linemen Chandler Rushing and Anthony Russell.
The names most often appearing on those faxes were no surprise, however, as defensive back Cortez Davis (6-4, 205 and ranked No. 21 in the Sentinel's 2011 Florida Top 100) and running back Marlin Lane (6-0, 200, ) drew the most interest.
Lane already committed to Clemson earlier this summer. But that hasn't stopped the suitors. Maronto said Lane and Davis both had nearly 20 faxed offers from schools like Florida, Florida State, Texas Tech, Tennessee, LSU, Oregon, Alabama, Illinois, Michigan and West Virginia.
Davis said his early leaders are West Virginia and Oregon, but the operative word is early.
"I think they should wait until at least the end of the season," Davis said of the date for allowing scholarship offers to juniors.
But at the same time, the attention isn't all that bad.
"Oh, it's great. I love it," Davis added.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator. You can reach him at email@example.com.