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Signee Spotlight: Justin Cabbagestalk
In 2008, Justin Cabbagestalk saw teammates Matt Patchen leave for Florida and Eric Smith go to Auburn. This year, as Cabbagestalk leaves the Bay behind for Nashville, he'll join Petey Smith, an Alabama signee, as Seffner's newest players to land in the powerhouse SEC. Seffner's star-studded team also featured the likes of Mywan Jackson and Angelo Hadley, who head off to UNC together, and defensive stalwart, Ryne Giddins, who will stay close to home and play for the USF Bulls. The last two Seffner teams have gone 26-2 losing in the 4A state semi-finals in 2007 and quarter-finals to arch-rival Plant in 2008. Cabbagestalk wants to continue to play against the very best. "I chose Vanderbilt because I can get a great education and play in the SEC," said Cabbagestalk. "When you talk about the SEC, it's the best conference, with the best athletes. That kind of competition will make me a better player." Last fall, the 6-foot-4, 297-pounder was an All-Hillsborough County selection, was named Class 4A All-State and All-District, received 2008 Lineman of the Year recognition for his dominating play on the offensive line for the Seffner Hawks. Wearing No. 77, Cabbagestalk was a two year starter for Seffner Head Coach Sean Callahan, primarily playing tackle but also used at guard, where he projects to play at the college level. "I became more technically sound as my high school career progressed," he said. "My biggest strength is my pass protection." Cabbagestalk reports a 4.2 GPA (on a weighted scale) and a 21 on the SAT. He considered offers from West Point, Miami of Ohio, Florida International, and Ball State before verbally committing to Coach Bobby Johnson in early June of last year. "I'm excited about it," said Cabbagestalk of his upcoming freshman season. "I stay in contact with Coach (Jimmy) Kiser, and talk on Facebook and text some of the guys on the team. I probably talk the most with Mylon Brown." Brown, a fellow Sunshine State player from Dade City, will join Cabbagestalk this season on the Commodore offensive line. "My first year I'm going to come in and work as hard as I can on school and football," he said. "I want to compete for playing time. If a redshirt happens it happens, but my goal is to try to earn time on the field." Cabbagestalk hasn't decided yet on a major at Vandy, but hopes to expand on one of his favorite extracurricular activities while he's there. "I love music," he said. "I'm looking forward to being in Nashville and checking out all of the good music they have up there." As he looks toward summer and camp fast approaching, Cabbagestalk remains focused on making a big splash when he arrives on campus. "I've been lifting, running," he said. "Vanderbilt gave me their exercise program, and I've been doing a lot of speed and agility training with that. I'm going to keep getting stronger, and get myself ready to play in the SEC."
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