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James Hearns, Lincoln

The old saying "When in Rome..." didn't apply to Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) linebacker James Hearns on Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker, who led Lincoln to a state title as a sophomore but was injured for much of last year, was competing with his team at a camp held by Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State staff. According to his Twitter account, Hearns did the Gator chomp and was ejected from the camp.

Hearns was one of the first Class of 2013 recruits to commit to Florida, making the pledge in February. He chose the Gators over offers from Florida State and others.

Lincoln has traditionally been a solid pipeline for Florida State, sending future NFL players Antonio Cromartie, Pat Watkins and Craphonso Thorpe to the Seminoles. Allowing a hometown player to leave Tallahassee, particularly to rival Florida, certainly stings.

There is a precedent for Hearns' dismissal from the camp. In 2009, Miami commit Tavadis Glenn was asked to leave Florida's Friday Night Lights event after throwing up the "U" to a Florida coach.

Losing Hearns didn't seem to affect Lincoln, a title contender in Class 8A this fall. It captured the team title in the 7-on-7 competition.

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