College football teams and fans looked to the future on Wednesday for national signing day. It was the first day high school seniors were able to sign binding national letters of intent that commit them to the school they plan to attend.

Seventeen Cape-Atlantic League and southern Ocean County high school players committed to attend NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) or Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) schools on scholarships.

Here is a look at the local players and where they are going.

Division I FBS

Ray Ellis

Florida Atlantic

DT, 6-1, 260

Holy Spirit

Ellis is a dominant defensive player. He had five sacks and led the Spartans to an 11-1 record and the state Non-Public II final.

David Hood


RB, 5-10, 185


Hood rushed 186 times for 1,431 yards and 17 touchdowns. Finished tied for the CAL scoring lead with 126 points.

Kenny Randall


DL, 6-3, 290

Mainland Regional

Randall verbally committed to Temple but didn’t sign Wednesday. He may attend a prep school. He made 47 tackles — nine for losses. Randall had three sacks

Antoine White

Penn State

DL, 6-2, 280


Already graduated and has enrolled at Penn State, so he can participate in spring practice. He made 70 tackles. He intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown.

Division I FCS

Abdullah Anderson


DE, 6-4, 240


Anderson had 61 tackles, two sacks, five pass breakups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

T.J. Anderson

Rhode Island

QB/LB, 6-0, 200

Holy Spirit

Rhode Island recruited Anderson as a defensive player. He rushed for eight touchdowns and more than 450 yards. He also threw six touchdown passes.

A.J. Dawson


DB, 5-8, 170

Holy Spirit

Dawson is one of the state’s top defensive backs. He intercepted four passes and returned interceptions 30, 48 and 85 yards for touchdowns.

Jamil Demby


OL, 6-4, 300


Demby is a quick and strong lineman. Maine finished 10-3 and won the Colonial Athletic Association last fall.

David Donovan


OL/DL, 6-4, 235

Mainland Regional

A three-year starter, Donovan made 56 tackles last season, 10 of them for losses. He has a weighted GPA of 5.07. He was a second-team Press All-Star.

Austin Gray

St. Francis (Pa.)

DT, 6-3, 285

Egg Harbor Township

Gray made 121 tackles, 46 of them solo, in 19 varsity games. He also had 1½ sacks.

Mike McGrath


OL, 6-6, 294

St. Augustine Prep

McGrath led an offensive line that sparked the Hermits to a 16-5 record the past two seasons. St. Augustine averaged 35.4 points the past two years.

Alex Padovani


WR/DB, 6-2, 190


He intercepted three passes and made 46 tackles. Padovani also caught seven touchdown passes.

Ed Shockley


LB, 5-11, 215


Shockley is one of the top linebackers in South Jersey. He made 110 tackles and also contributed five sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Paul Stanton

Sacred Heart

OL, 6-1, 257

Ocean City

Stanton was a Cape-Atlantic League National Conference all-star. He started at guard for three years for the Red Raiders. Is being recruited as a center.

Jeff Steeb


LB, 6-3, 215

Holy Spirit

Has the strength to stop the run and the speed to cover receivers out of the backfield. Steeb led the Spartans with 10 tackles in a 35-16 loss to DePaul in the state Non-Public II title game.

Christian Tutela


RB/WR/DB, 5-10, 180

Lacey Township

Lined up at running back, wide receiver and defensive back. Caught 54 passes for 1,053 yards and 14 touchdowns. Rushed 41 times for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Made 65 tackles.

Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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