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May 2, 2013

Gainesville QB Marc Cato will play for Florida Tech

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The wait is finally over for Gainesville quarterback Marquis Robins-Cato.

Cato, who led GHS to the Class 6A state championship game, signed with Florida Tech today. The Panthers begin their inaugural season of football this fall.

"It's a great feeling," said Cato. "I've just been patiently waiting for my chance and it finally came for me. FIT is a great fit for me football-wise and academically. It's going to be a great experience being able to help start a program and go in with the opportunity to be the head guy my first year."

Cato threw for 2,129 yards with 30 TD's and only 9 interceptions this past season. He finished second in the voting for the Florida Dairy Farmer's 6A Player of the Year.

"FIT just got the most overlooked QB in the state," said former GHS coach James Thomson, who left the school in February to become the head coach at DeLand. "He will win in college."

He won in high school too.

The six-foot-two signal caller went 25-3 in his two years as a starter with the Hurricanes, including a 14-1 record his senior season in which he led the 'Canes all the way to their first state championship game appearance since the school's only state title in 1980.

"Marc is the best leader I've ever coached," said Thomson. "He's like a son to me and I was comfortable trusting him when the game was on the line."

Cato believes he can play at the next level because of his intangibles.

"The heart that I play with and the will to win that I have is something you can't teach," he said. "Also, the leadership I bring to the table being a quarterback helps a lot. I feel that I'm also a great learner and very teachable ball player. I can get what coaches ask to be done, and change things that I need to change quickly to become a better player."

Florida Tech's inaugural game is Saturday, September 7, at Pirate Stadium against Stetson.


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