Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

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RECRUITING: Area high school athletes prepare to take the next step

Lakewood Ranch golfer Ramsey Touchberry was among more than 40 area high school athletes to sign college national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Touchberry had verbally committed to the University of Florida as a sophomore. He will play golf for Gators coach Buddy Alexander in one of the top programs in the country.

"He's kind of like a legend in college golf and half of the players he's had have gone on to be some type of pro," Touchberry said, adding the success he had at Lakewood Ranch "is something I want to carry on to the college level."

His Lakewood Ranch teammate Danny Walker signed with the University of Virginia.

"This is pretty exciting to be going from high school to college," said Walker, a four-time state champion, including his individual title as a freshman in 2010. "This is what I've been looking forward to for a long time."

Six Sarasota High baseball players and four Venice High baseball players were among those who signed.

Venice shortstop Dalton Guthrie and third baseman Mike Rivera will head to the Florida while catcher Ryan Miller will go south to Florida Atlantic University. Right-handed pitcher-outfielder Brandon Elmy signed with Furman University.

"Those four guys were integral parts of two state championships and a No. 2 national ranking last year," said Venice coach Craig Faulkner. "They'll be impact players even at a school like Florida and even in their first year. They are all possible draft picks and strong academic guys with a lot of leadership qualities."

Sarasota pitcher Evan Mendoza signed with North Carolina State, catcher Brandon Chapman with George Washington University, pitcher Joe Cavallaro with the University of South Florida, left-handed pitcher Zach McMullen with South Alabama, shortstop Tyler Leonard with Indian River Community College and pitcher Drew Beyer with Florida Tech. …

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