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Georgia Tech target ‘signs’ with FSU

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Florida State announced the signing of Phil Cofer, the 6-foot-8 forward from Whitewater High School.

Cofer abruptly signed with Tennessee without taking an official visit in last November’s early period, and requested a release from his letter of intent after the Volunteers changed coaches last month. B

oth of Cofer’s parents were athletes at Tennessee, and his father, Michael Cofer, played 10 seasons in the NFL.

The younger Cofer was also considering Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, but only took a recruiting trip to FSU.

“We are excited to add Phil to our roster,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said in a statement. “He is a strong player who allows us to become a better team. His athleticism, his motor and his ability to score and rebound the basketball will allow him to be successful in our system.”

NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from signing two letters of intent in the same calendar year, so Cofer signed a non-binding grant-in-aid with FSU, meaning he can still visit other colleges and won’t officially be a Seminole signee until he attends his first day of classes.

Cofer averaged 19.3 points and 12.8 rebounds this past season at Whitewater.

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