Posted: 2:08 pm Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Notebook: Palm Beach Central gets a QB, Bethune-Cookman gets Summit Christian TE, and Marshall signee’s emotional ride 

By Matt Porter

Turning our attention from this year’s crop of quarterbacks to next year’s …

Palm Beach Central has a new quarterback transfer in rising senior Brock Bukowski.

Broncos coach Rod Harris confirmed Bukowski’s transfer from Royal Palm Beach. Last season, the 6-foot-0, 165-pound Bukowski passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns on 35-of-70 passing. He split time with then-sophomore T.J. Abrams.

Bukowski will battle with fellow senior Austin Rudy, who was the backup to outgoing Palm Beach Central QB Ryan McGovern.

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Summit Christian tight end Jean Prophete knows something about doing big things for a small school.

Prophete, who signed with Bethune-Cookman Thursday, said he’s excited to be part of a very good — no, really, take a look — recruiting class for the Daytona Beach school.

“The reason I chose Bethune-Cookman is they have a new coach [Brian Jenkins, entering his second season at the school] who just won the MEAC Coach of the Year. He wants to build a champion,” Prophete said.

“I know they have Mr. Football, the quarterback, coming in. I just want to play on his team, and get to know the other players. From what I was told they have some other kids who were at [junior colleges] who are really good.”

Prophete said he wants to help lift the Wildcats, who were 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the FCS (Div. 1-AA) Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

“I want to shock people,” Prophete said. “Just shock people and play bigger competition.”

One of the area’s top basketball players, Prophete came out for football his senior year and was a force at tight end for Summit Christian, which dressed somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 players a game. He put up 727 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns (both second among small schools) on 26 receptions.

A power forward in basketball, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Prophete was named the Post’s small schools All-Area Player of the Year last year. At Bethune, he said, “I’d love to play ball if they’ll let me.”

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Finally, here’s a good story from south of us. Miami Central quarterback Rakeem Cato signed with Marshall yesterday, and as NBC Miami reports, it’s been a long, emotional road.