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Prep Football: Tribune’s Top 10 Countdown, No. 5 Tampa Bay Tech

To preview the 2013 high school football season, The Tampa Tribune is counting down the top 10 teams in Hillsborough County. These preseason rankings were voted on by Tribune writers Nick Williams and Scott Purks, high school sports editor Doug Jacobs and correspondents Mike Camunas and Jarrett Guthrie.

TAMPA — At first glance, Tampa Bay Tech’s football team resembles a mid-level college program.

With so many college recruits on the roster, it’s easy to make that comparison.

Highlighting the roster is senior Tajee Fullwood, a receiver/defensive back, who verbally committed to South Florida during the summer. Junior quarterback Deon Cain, who threw for 1,645 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, has drawn interest from programs such as USF and FSU, and linebacker Fred Russ verbally committed to Florida International.

The Titans lost in the first round of the playoffs last season but return several key athletes on both sides of the ball that should give the program an opportunity to return to the postseason for a sixth consecutive season.

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