Gallery: Forest Football Signing Ceremony

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Posted February 1, 2023 | Photos By Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette
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Positivity and excitement filled the air of the Forest High School media center on Wednesday morning as Tae Floyd and Tramar Cave signed their National Letters of Intent to play college football.

Floyd, a defensive end/outside linebacker, had a monster senior season in 2022 by racking up a county-high 22 sacks and 36 tackles for loss. Cave, a wide receiver, had a fantastic season well by finishing with 35 receptions, 348 receiving yads and three touchdowns.

Cave is headed to Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and Floyd will be attending Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.

“I’m just blessed to have this opportunity of moving forward and playing the game I love,” Cave said.

“I’m just ready to finish the school year on a strong note, hit the weight room hard and get up to college,” Floyd said.

Family, friends, coaches and school staff joined the young men for their big moment on what is nationally known as National Signing Day for college football.

Cave’s father, Brandon, had words of advice for his son and Floyd as they prepare to embark on their next chapter at the end of the school year.

“I’m excited for my son and Tae Floyd. I’m excited for Forest High School because this is a great foundation for the football program. My advice to these young men is keep god first, make sure you get the academic part down and know you have a support system that will always be there for them,” Cave said.

Floyd’s mother, Chenika Brown, knows all about the highs and lows of her son’s journey and is excited to see what he can accomplish.

“I’m happy and excited to see what he can do. This is a long time coming and just to be at this day and see it happen is a blessing for me. We’re a big family and he is the first one to receive a full athletic scholarship, so this is very exciting for us,” Brown said.

Forest head coach Eoghan Cullen was in his first season as the Wildcats head coach in 2022.

He said Cave and Floyd made a huge impact on the program through their leadership on and off the field. The excitement for the ceremony and the emotions made every hard day worth it for Cullen.

“Just joy for these kids. To see the look on their faces and just knowing what lies ahead for them, it’s a beautiful thing,” Cullen said.

As Cave and Floyd continue to prepare for college over the next few months, both took the time to show appreciation and thank all the people that have supported them through the process.

“I’m going to try and make them proud by working hard and giving it all I got,” Floyd said.

“I want to thank Coach Franklin, Coach Cullen and my parents because without them I wouldn’t have had this opportunity,” Cave said.

Floyd and Jacksonville State start the 2023 season on August 26 when they host the University of Texas El-Paso. Cave and Geneva College start the 2023 season on Sep. 2 when they host Carnegie Mellon University.





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