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On April 3, Ocoee will send three prospects over to UCF's second junior day of the spring, and Coach Clint Moles said that's a first for his Ocoee Knights, whose mascot is the same as UCF's, as is the school's logo, derived from one of UCF's old logos.

"It's the first time an Ocoee player has ever been invited to a UCF junior day," Moles said.

Which speaks volumes for the progress being made at Ocoee and also speaks well of the talent of DB Trenier Orr, OL Colin Jonson and DB Robinson Roche.

The Sentinel has confirmed, so far, 16 Orlando-area players planning to be on-hand for the Knights' junior day in TE Aaron Nielsen (Freedom), LB Serderius Bryant and DB/K Eric Farkas (Seminole), LB Darryl Monroe, QB David Nelson, LB Corian Hamilton and DT Deon Green (Olympia), Lexx Edwards (Jones), Willie Mitchell ( Pine Ridge), Chris Gallon and Roderick Ryles (Dr. Phillips), DB Chris Robinson and DB Taylor Richards (Lake Mary).

UCF will have an out-of-state junior day this coming weekend.

Brawn and brains

Lake Mary High LB Zach Marmetschke has a rare opportunity. Hitting opposing players isn't the only thing Marmetschke likes to hit, as his 4.6 GPA can attest, he also likes to hit the books.

Harvard has extended an invitation for Marmetschke to join the Crimson football team, assuming the senior-to-be gets accepted.

"It's pretty cool. I don't think it's really set in yet," he said. Marmetschke plans to attend Harvard's football camp this summer to get a feel for the program. Ivy League schools do not give athletic scholarships.

Quick hits
  • Dr. Phillips LB LaQuentin Smith has received a scholarship offer from South Carolina. He now has three offers, including Colorado State and Michigan.
  • Lake Brantley WR Xavier Youngblood Ary pulled in his first offer from FAU.
  • Apopka RB Tom Smith was recently offered by Memphis, his first.
Chris Hays is the recruiting coordinator for the Sentinel. He can be reached at chays@orlandosentinel.com.
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