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    Ohio State’s Class of 2017 just got even better.

    Monday afternoon the Buckeyes landed another top defensive prospect, picking up a commitment from 2017 safety Isaiah Pryor.

    The No. 2 player at his position and in the state of Georgia (according to 247Sports Composite Rankings), Pryor’s commitment is par for the course these days for Urban Meyer and co. The tenth member of the Buckeyes’ already top-ranked 2017 recruiting class, Pryor is the fifth to be ranked in the overall Top 100, currently sitting at No. 38.

    If you aren’t familiar with Pryor, you will be soon.

     


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    A 6-11 player just isn’t supposed to move like this …

    Watch these highlights from the summer circuit of Bol Bol, the 15-year-old son of former NBA 7-7 giant Manute Bol.

    Thanks to our friends at Courtside Films for sharing.


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    The 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24 event is scheduled for Aug. 20-22 in New York City.

    Dubbed as a showcase for the “24 Best High School Prospects in the World,” organizers have revealed an additional group of 10 players via the Under Armour Twitter page. The initial 12 were named in early July with the final two slots to come.

    It is unclear how many of the players have accepted their invitations. Rosters won’t be finalized until closer to the game.

    Though not listed via Under Armour, 2017 forward Mohamed Bamba from the Westtown School in Harlem, N.Y., has been invited, according to a tweet from his AAU program.

    RELATED: Elite 24 reveals first 12 players

    Here is the next group (Class of 2016 unless otherwise noted):

    Udoka Azubuike, C, Potter’s House Christian; Jacksonville, Fla.

    M.J. Walker, G, Jonesboro, Ga. (Class of 2017)

    Billy Preston, F, Prime Prep; Dallas (Class of 2017)

    Edrice Adebayo, F, Northside; Washington, N.C.

    Thon Maker, PF, Orangeville Academy; Orangeville, Ontario

    Miles Bridges, F, Huntington Prep; Huntington, W.Va.

    Hamidou Diallo, G, Woodstock (Conn.) Academy; Corona, N.Y. (Class of 2017)

    Markelle Fultz, G, DeMatha Catholic; Hyattsville, Md.

    Frank Jackson, G, Lone Peak; Highland, Utah

    De’Aaron Fox, G, Cypress Lakes; Katy, Texas

     

     


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    Lowell Narcisse (Photo: 247Sports)

    Lowell Narcisse (Photo: 247Sports)

    Lowell Narcisse celebrated his 17th birthday with his college announcement.

    Narcisse, a four-star quarterback from St. James in Louisiana, chose Auburn among a final four that included LSU, Auburn, Alabama and Clemson.

    Ranked as the No. 3 dual-threat QB in the Class of 2017 by the 247Sports Composite rankings, Narcisse tore his right ACL during the school’s spring game in May and will miss his junior season.

    RELATED: Why QBs are committing earlier than ever

    He visited the Auburn campus last weekend after a visit to LSU last week. He also was at LSU for its camp in June.

    Narcisse becomes the fourth of the top six dual-threat QBs for 2017 to commit, joining top-ranked Shawn Robinson to TCU, fifth-ranked Brandon Burmeister to Arizona and sixth-ranked Kellen Mond to Baylor.

    In his first two high school seasons, he combined to post 5,134 passing yards and 58 touchdowns while adding 2,039 yards and 30 scores on the ground.

    Auburn already has secured a QB commitment in the Class of 2016 from highly regarded Woody Barrett from the Orlando area.

    Narcisse added a hunt of mystery early in the day.

     

     

     

     


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    Here is a look at the athletes who have been featured thus far in our summer series “60 for ’16” which features the top athletes around the country who are members of the Class of 2016.


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    Money matters even in high school sports, at least according to an interesting analysis of state championships in North Carolina by the Raleigh News & Observer.

    According to the report, 557 championships in the state’s two biggest classifications from 2001 to 2013 were won by schools with less than 40 percent of students receiving free or reduced lunch. Schools with more than 60 percent receiving assistance won 112 titles. Schools with more than 80 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch won 10 titles. Free or reduced lunch is an indicator of students in need.

    As might be expected, schools with a high percentage of poorer students rarely win titles in sports such as golf, tennis and swimming. That is related to the cost required for access to those sports plus the cost of private coaches.

    “Making sure that high school athletics success doesn’t become something only for the elite is a national topic,” Bob Gardner, the executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, said in the report. “There is no question that more and more students in more and more sports are specializing, and there are costs involved with that. We have long known there are advantages in sports like golf, tennis and swimming, but we are seeing that in other sports now.”

    Gardner mentioned sports such as baseball, softball, volleyball and lacrosse where the gap is widening.

    The North Carolina high school association has been providing additional money for the neediest schools and will add more money to the overall pool based on a formula that looks at poverty levels, the free and reduced-lunch lunch program and the number of varsity sport. The added funds should amount to roughly $150,000 per year to be shared among the 402 schools in the association.

     “We see the need,” Karen DeHart, an NCHSAA assistant commissioner, told the newspaper. “We are trying to find ways to help those systems that need the help the most.”

     

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    With August almost upon us and practices happening in many states around the country, it’s time to start looking ahead to season openers around the nation. Take our poll below.


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    Neville wide receiver Chris Fuller (17) makes a catch over a Warren Easton defender during the 2014 Class 4A state championship game. (Photo: Monroe News-Star)

    Neville wide receiver Chris Fuller (17) makes a catch over a Warren Easton defender during the 2014 Class 4A state championship game. (Photo: Monroe News-Star)

    The rich are getting richer.

    IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., already had a roster loaded with talent, then the program added Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson at quarterback in mid-July. Patterson is ranked among the top two QBs in the nation in the Class of 2016.

    Just within the last week, IMG has added three more highly regarded players, including a pair from New Jersey.

    RELATED: Way too early Super 25 contenders

    The man getting the ball to Patterson on every snap is junior transfer Cesar Ruiz from Camden, N.J. Ruiz is a four-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite and has already accepted an invite to the 2017 Under Armour All-American game.

    Ruiz visited the Bradenton facility Saturday and accepted his invitation days later.

    “They were telling me how they have a new quarterback and both of you guys are new to the school so we want you to bond with each other so you can build a friendship,” Ruiz told NJ.com. “I heard a lot about (Patterson) in the meeting, (Saturday). It’s cool I’ll be snapping to one of the best quarterbacks in the country.”

    RELATED: Shea Patterson transfers to IMG

    Elvin Hines Jr., from Paul VI in Haddonfield, N.J., announced his transfer to IMG this week. A 6-2 junior, he is ranked as the No. 6 athlete in New Jersey according to the 247 Sports composite.

    Among Patterson’s new targets is Louisiana wide receiver Chris Fuller. Fuller led defending Class 4A state champion Neville with 27 catches for 724 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014 as a sophomore.

    IMG became aware of Fuller through the Louisiana Bootleggers summer 7-on-7 team, where Fuller and Patterson were teammates.

    “Shea Patterson and I have a good connection and the coaches gave me a call,” Fuller told Gannett partner The Monroe News Star.

    IMG already has added senior Isaac Nauta, considered the No. 1 TE by Rivals.com, from Buford, Ga.; OL Tyler Gerald, a transfer from East (Sciotoville, Ohio) who is 6-5 and 305 pounds and has committed to Ohio State; five-star senior DE Shavar Manuel from Blake (Tampa); and senior LB Rahshaun Smith, a Clemson commit who transferred from St. Frances (Baltimore).

    The school had added QB Malik Henry, a FSU commit who transferred from Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.) but he and the program parted ways before he ever played a game. Henry has returned to Southern California. His departure opened the door for Patterson.


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    Three-time defending state champion Allen (Texas) will need to replace more than all-everything quarterback Kyler Murray among its offensive stars.

    Top returning running back David Feliciano has decided not to play football after a series of shoulder surgeries, coach Tom Westerberg said Thursday during an appearance on the High School Football America Radio Show.

    RELATED: Previewing the Super 25 contenders

    Feliciano ran for 879 yards, second on the team to Murray, and 12 touchdowns last season.

    “He has decided not to play anymore,” Westerberg said on the show. “He’s had a couple of shoulder surgeries and opted to pass on the football route.”

     
    Westerberg said the starting running back slot is now “a wide-open deal.”
     
    “It will be interesting to see what happens and that will be a key focal point as we start fall camp on Aug. 10,” he said.
     
    Allen had been considering moving Feliciano to linebacker had he been healthy.
     
    Allen is expected to be one of the top teams in the nation again and be highly ranked when the preseason Super 25 is released.
     
     
     

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    Jarrett Guarantano (Photo: 247 Sports)

    Jarrett Guarantano (Photo: 247 Sports)

    The Under Armour All American Game finalized its six quarterbacks for the 2016 game when Tennessee commit Jarrett Guarantano accepted an invitation this week.

    Guarantano, from Bergen Catholic in Oradell, N.J., is ranked as the No. 2 dual threat quarterback in the 247 Sports Composite rankings. He took part in the Elite 11 event in early July.

    ESPN’s Tom Luginbill said that Guarantano is the final quarterback. The current rosters indicate five other QBs had accepted invitations: Florida State commit Malik Henry, Maryland commit Dwayne Haskins Jr., Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson, USC commit Matt Fink and Miami (Fla.) commit Jack Allison.

    The annual game will be played in St. Petersburg, Fla., in early January.


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    A youth basketball coach in East New York allegedly disappeared with $30,000 to $40,000 that was to be used to take his team to a tournament in Las Vegas, parents and players say, according to a report from ABC7 and other outlets.

    The parents says AAU coach Karim Seabrook never even signed up Team 12 for the tournament last weekend in Las Vegas and now they can’t find Seabrook or their money.

    “I think he must have in total collected $40,000 and you turn around the guy is gone, just disappeared,” parent Martin Mitchell told ABC7.

    RELATED: Elevate Basketball Circuit leader collect money and no-shows own event

    In a Skype interview with News 12 Brooklyn, Seabrook denied any wrongdoing. He said he was only present for an initial payment of $140 and the team did not raise anywhere near the amount of money the parents suggest.

    He said he left New York because he was forced out of the Team 12 organization and wanted to start his own organization in St. Louis, although he has not moved out of Brooklyn. He added that he shut off his phone because he did not want to have contact with his former team or organization.

    Some of the parents went to the local policy but the police said they could not file a criminal complaint because they willingly turned the money over to Seabrook.

    “The police told us that they can’t really do anything as of yet because it’s a civil matter. We have to take it to the court because he says he didn’t actual steal anything from us, that we actually gave it to him,” parent Alison Roberts said.


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    DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) four-star wide receiver Tino Ellis decided to stay home for his college football career and committed to the University of Maryland on Friday.

    Ellis is ranked as the No. 6 player in the state of Maryland and becomes the 11th of Maryland’s 17 commitments for the Class of 2016 to come from the Washington-Maryland-Virginia corridor.

    Another of those players is quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., the No. 4 pro style quarterback in the class who is from Potomac, Md. He worked hard to help recruit the 6-foot, 170-pound Ellis to Maryland.

    “It definitely played a factor,” Ellis told Rivals.com. “Dwayne Haskins has really been in my ear since his commitment and I’ve really bought into it. He’s told me some things, he’s told me the truth and I’ve really thought about them. We’ve been working on rhythm and just getting to know each other.”

    Since his commitment, Haskins hasn’t merely give Maryland one difference-making prospect, he has given the Terrapins a shot at a handful of others given the network of players he’s built relationships with over the years.

    “There are guys I’ve built relationships with,” Haskins said. “I feel as though if we play together we can do something special. Especially guys in the area that I’m really close with. If we all went to the same school together we can have the same impact, like people did at Miami (Fla.) in the 1980s.”

    See the video above as Ellis explains more of his reasons for picking Maryland.


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    LaMelo Ball, a 13-year-old who hasn’t played a high school game yet, has committed to UCLA to follow brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo.

    “It is my dream school,” LaMelo told the Daily Bulletin, which broke the story. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”

    The three brothers will play together next season at Chino Hills High in California. Lonzo will be a senior and committed to UCLA as a sophomore; LiAngelo will be a junior and committed last year as a sophomore.

    LaMelo told the Daily Bulletin that his brothers were not a big factor in his decision to commit. Virginia and Washington State were among many other schools looking at him.

    As we told you recently, the trio combined for 93 points in an Adidas Uprising game. Their Big Ballers VXT team beat the Atlanta Celtics 102-93, so the Balls outscored the entire opposition. See the video here.

    Lonzo also was recently featured in our 60 for ’16 series on the top athletes to watch in the Class of 2016.

     


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    Vashti Cunningham, shown at the USA Championships in July, set a national high school record Saturday. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

    Vashti Cunningham, shown at the USA Championships in July, set a national high school record Saturday. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

    Vashti Cunningham just keeps setting her own standards.

    The rising senior for Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) bettered her own national high school record, set the American Junior record and tied the World Youth record by clearing 6-5 (1.96 meters) in the high jump at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Edmonton. The jump also was a meet record and the No. 8 mark in World Junior history.

    The previous national high school record was 6-4 1/4.

    Vashti, whose dad is former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, won the gold medal when she cleared her first attempt at 6-1 and all her challengers bowed out.

    MORE: 60 for ’16 profile on Vashti Cunningham

    She attempted to push the record to 6-6 1/4 but missed three times.

    Her performance was part of a strong effort by Team USA, which won 20 medals on Day 2 of the meet. Of those 20, 11 were gold.

     


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    Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) had added Carlos Johnson, a 6-4 junior wing from El Cerrito High in West Contra Costa, Calif. He announced the move on Twitter.

    Johnson averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and two steals for the El Cerrito as a junior in helping the Gauchos to the North Coast Section Division II title last season.

    Johnson is coming off a strong summer for the Oakland Soldiers and is rising in recruiting circles.

    Findlay will be the third school in three years for Johnson, who transferred to El Ceritto from Shadow Mountain in Phoenix.

    Johnson joins another player with ties to Arizona who transferred to Findlay Prep for this season in Markus Howard. Howard, Arizona’s leading scorer last season at 32.5 points per game, transferred to Findlay from Perry in Gilbert, Ariz.

     


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    Maverick Rowan (Photo: Kelly Kline / Adidas)

    Maverick Rowan (Photo: Kelly Kline / Adidas)

    Small forward Maverick Rowan committed to North Carolina State on Sunday and reaffirmed that he will reclassify to the Class of 2015.

    The 6-6 Rowan from Cardinal Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale chose NC State over St. John’s, Louisville and West Virginia. Rowan’s father, Ron, played at St. John’s.

    An effective scorer from the wing, Rowan helped Cardinal Gibbons to a 33-1 record, the Florida 5A title and a final ranking of No. 11 in the Super 25.

    Ranked as a top 30 performer in the Class of 2016 by ESPN, he averaged 19.2 points per game this summer on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Each 1 Teach 1 program.

    Earlier this month at the EYBL finals, Rowan indicated that he had to finish the coursework from two classes with South Florida’s Elev8 Academy to graduate. He said those courses are now complete.


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    Daniel Skandera from Santa Rosa, Calif., is only 7 years old and already holds the world record in the mile for 5 year olds, 6 year olds and 7 year olds.

    He added another mark to his lengthy resume when he won the 7-8 boys 1,500 meter race at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend.

    But what made his crowd-pleasing performance more unique — he ran barefoot.

    Yep, Skandera posted a time of 5:08.52 to set a national age-group record and break the meet record by three seconds and did it without shoes.

    Watch the full video here.

     

     


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    A federal lawsuit challenging coach and teacher-led prayers in a Georgia school district has been dismissed with the school district and the organization that filed the suit reaching an out-of-court settlement, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other media outlets.

    The American Humanist Association filed the suit in December on behalf of three residents whose identity was not revealed.

    In announcing the settlement on its website, the AHA said Hall County schools superintendent Will Schofield will provide principals within the district a memo to outline “the standards for religious neutrality” and that administrators will undergo a training session to “educate staff and coaches on their constitutional duties.”

    “We are pleased that the district is taking productive steps forward to ensure compliance with the Constitution, and we expect that it will stop the student-staff prayer activities and other problematic conduct,” David Niose, AHA legal director said in a statement.

    The suit was filed after photos surfaced of coach-led prayer by the Chestatee (Gainesville, Ga.) High School football team.

    In its own statement, the school district:

    “We agree that routine professional training for staff should include the legal rights and responsibilities of individuals regarding issues related to religion in the public school setting.  While public school students are guaranteed wide-ranging religious freedoms, employees’ rights are more limited when in their work settings.

    “The Hall County School District admits to no violations of state or federal laws. The district will continue to hold the expectation that individuals within our organization abide by the laws of our land.”

    Hall County spokesman Gordon Higgins told the AJC that the district will make sure teachers and staff are “more cognizant” of the First Amendment guidelines. According to the guidelines released by the Bush administration in 2003,  “teachers and other public school officials may not lead their classes in prayer, devotional readings from the Bible, or other religious activities.”

     


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    Francesca Whitehurt (Photo: US Lacrosse)

    Francesca Whitehurt (Photo: US Lacrosse)

    Four members of the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Lacrosse team were named to the World Team at the Federation of International Lacrosse’s U19 Women’s World Championships in Scotland.

    The four were part of a Team USA squad that won the silver medal after a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to Canada in the gold medal game Sunday. It was the first loss in the event by the Americans since a defeat at the hands of Australia in the finals of the 1995 championship.

    The World Team is the event’s version of an all-tournament team with the top performers from the teams involved. All four U.S. players selected are recent high school graduates on their way to college.

    * Francesca Whitehurst. She was named the ALL-USA Player of the Year in helping Roland Park Country Day in Baltimore to a state runner-up finish in Maryland. She is heading to Georgetown. Whitehurst had an assist in the final.

    * Lindsey Ronbeck. The ALL-USA first-team attack from Manhasset (N.Y.) is heading to the University of Florida. Ronbeck, who had a five-goal game earlier in the event, had two goals in the final.

    * Nikki Ortega. The ALL-USA first-team attack from Centerreach (N.Y.) is heading to Notre Dame. Ortega scored a goal in the final.

    * Miranda Ibello. The ALL-USA second teamer from Maryvale Prep in Brooklandville, Md., is heading to Johns Hopkins. Ibello had a goal in the final.

    RELATED: ALL-USA Girls Lacrosse Teams

     

     


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