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Lee County rising junior WR Cabrera gets first D-I offer from Duke; ex-Trojans star WR, UGA signee Seay to play for Itawamba CC

During his breakout sophomore season, Lee County wideout Josh Cabrera caught 70 passes for 960 yards and 13 touchdowns. (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

During his breakout sophomore season, Lee County wideout Josh Cabrera caught 70 passes for 960 yards and 13 touchdowns. (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

Dismissed from UGA, former Lee County star wideout Seay lands on feet at Itawamba CC in Mississippi

LEESBURG — Former Albany Herald People’s Choice Player of the Year Sanford Seay may have been dismissed from the UGA football team for disciplinary reasons earlier this year, but don’t call it a career for the ex-Lee County star wideout just yet.

Seay’s high school coach at Lee County, Dean Fabrizio, told The Herald on Saturday that Seay is enrolled at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss., where he will play football next season.

“Junior college in Mississippi is the best in the country, so we’re hoping he has a good season there at Itawamba and can get back to major college football soon,” Fabrizio said. “He has a great opportunity.”

LEESBURG — Lee County star wideout Josh Cabrera would one day like to be a lawyer, or an engineer, or maybe work in the medical field.

And Duke University sure would be a good spot to pursue any of those careers.

The rising junior got his first major Division I scholarship offer this week when a Blue Devils recruiter extended an invitation for the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Cabrera to join the program after his senior season — albeit two years from now.

“It is very rare for a school to offer someone prior to their junior year,” Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said. “And that’s what (the recruiter) said to me in the e-mail, that the whole staff loves Josh, and that’s why they’re pulling the trigger on an offer so early. It’s a great offer, but it’s obviously too early for him to decide. Hopefully, by this time next year, he’ll have a load of them.”

That’s what Cabrera is thinking, too.

“It’s a new experience to have schools interested in you, especially this early. I haven’t made up my mind yet at all, but it was nice to hear,” said Cabrera, who started for the Trojans his freshman and sophomore seasons — the latter of which was a breakout year that led to the offer from Duke, a visit to Georgia Tech and lots of inquiries from D-I schools from around the country.

Cabrera hauled in 70 receptions for 960 yards and 13 TDs last season while playing in Southwest Georgia’s toughest region.

“He had a phenomenal season, and the thing that makes it that much more impressive is that those numbers were put up against a high level of competition against teams like Thomas County Central, Warner Robins and Northside-Warner Robins,” Fabrizio said. “Those aren’t padded stats. Those are earned.”

Cabrera, however, said he will let whatever major he decides on dictate where he goes to school, which is one of the reasons Duke is an attractive offer, despite the fact the Blue Devils traditionally have been one of the ACC’s worst teams year in and year out. Duke went 3-9 a season ago, losing seven straight games to end the season.

“Whatever I decide to major in will be what helps me decide where I go,” Cabrera said. “Finding a good fit for (academics first and football second) is most important to me.”

Of course, Cabrera has plenty of time to think it over. He’s got too full seasons of high school football left, and helping lead his team to a better season than the one the Trojans put out in 2011 (4-6 overall, 1-6 in Region 1-AAAA) is his sole focus right now.

“Man, we’ve been working so hard this offseason and all summer,” Cabrera said. “I can’t wait to get out there in a couple of months and get going.”