Ha'sean Clinton-Dix heads up long Dr. Phillips signing day list

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Ha'sean Clinton-Dix signing his national letter of intent with Alabama was merely a formality.

The Dr. Phillips safety has been committed to the Crimson Tide since April and never wavered as he signed with Alabama on National Signing Day on Wednesday morning.

"When I committed early, I felt comfortable," said Clinton-Dix, who is ranked No.1 on the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60. "I feel I made the right decision."

Clinton-Dix (6-foot-2, 190-pounds) will join fellow Dr. Phillips teammate Dee Hart at Alabama. Hart, ranked No.3 on the Super60, enrolled at Tuscaloosa for the spring semester.

"It feels great to have somebody that I can call and lean on if I need help," said Clinton-Dix, who is one of six Dr. Phillips players to sign national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Clinton-Dix and Hart headline what is arguably the best recruiting class in school history. The Panthers can potentially send 17 players to college on scholarship, nine of which will head to NCAA Division I-A colleges.

The other Dr. Phillips players signing letters of intent on National Signing Day along with Clinton-Dix were safety Roderick Ryles (Pittsburgh), linebacker LaQuentin Smith (Pittsburgh), offensive lineman Darius Johnson (Middle Tennessee State), defensive end K-Ron Jefferson (Tusculum College, Tenn.), and defensive end Jonathan Smith (Tusculum College, Tenn.).

Kicker Shawn Moffitt, who set 11 school records for the Panthers, was also at the signing ceremony but he did not fill out a national letter of intent because he is enrolling at UCF as a preferred walk-on.

Linebacker Darryl Monroe is already enrolled at Washington State, making him the ninth member of the 2011 Dr. Phillips recruiting class who will play college football. Wide receiver Chris Gallon was supposed to make it 10 on Wednesday, but opted not to officially commit to Bowling Green. Instead he will weigh his options and is likely to choose between Bowling Green and Florida International.

Dr. Phillips head coach Dale Salapa said that the Panthers might be adding several more players to the commitment list within the week.

Cornerback Ryan Luckett has visited Washington State and Georgia Southern, but appears to be leaning towards Jackson (Miss.), as is fellow defensive back Andreis "Naco" Norris, who also has an offer from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Utility player Pat Fenlon, defensive tackle Derrick Wesley and defensive tackle Demarcos Walker are also expected to sign soon. Salapa added that defensive ends Chris Curtis and Anthony Hendley are looking at possibly going the junior college route.

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