Mandarin High Athletes Sign on for More Sports in College

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Byline: Mark Boleky

Chelton Carter and Mose Countryman had some great moments on the football field this season, and the Mandarin High School seniors hope to do the same in the future, though it will likely be at different positions.

Carter and Countryman signed letters of intent Wednesday to continue their football careers, Carter at Jacksonville University and Countryman at Charleston Southern University.

Carter played quarterback for the final six games for the Mustangs, passing for 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns. He will return to his natural position of wide receiver for JU, though.

"They tell me I can compete for a spot, that I'll be their tallest receiver," said the 6-foot-2 Carter. "It was the best fit for me. I don't want to go too far from home. And it has a great marine science program. I'd like to major in that."

The Dolphins already have three Mandarin High graduates on their roster: DL Joseph Babadi, DL Nixon Maitre and DL Ethan Robertson.

Like Carter, Countryman will also see many familiar faces at his next stop. Charleston Southern has made Jacksonville a recruiting hub. Its roster has eight players from the North Florida area, including former Mustangs DB Charles James and QB Jordan Belser.

"I know we're going to be a family. Everybody was like a family, and I felt comfortable there," said Countryman.

The 6-foot-3, 255 pounder played tight end and offensive tackle in high school, but will move to the defensive line in college. He said he plans to major in sports management.

Two other Mustangs also signed with colleges this week. Ally Lee will keep her soccer going at Jacksonville University. The defender/forward led Mandarin in scoring and was named All-Gateway Conference the past two seasons. Will Olive, a pitcher and outfielder for the baseball squad, will head off to Gulf Coast Community College. …