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- 07/24/17--06:42: Nearly 300-pound middle schooler is collecting SEC football offers
- 07/24/17--07:26: VIDEO: Idaho Select provides rare cheering section in AAU basketball
- 07/24/17--09:49: 2019 Iowa guard D.J. Carton impresses and recruiting surges
- 07/25/17--06:15: Texas plans to enforce rule on those hard to read jersey numbers
You might remember Ja’Marr Chase — the four-star wide receiver recruit from Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.) who was set to commit during The Opening, but a snafu with the NFL Network led him to postpone his decision.
After the situation drew national attention, Chase said that maybe the delay was a blessing in disguise. He said afterward that he was at 80 percent of the choice he was going to make at The Opening, between LSU and TCU.
The delay ended up allowing Florida to get involved. He visited campus Friday and announced his commitment to the Gators on Sunday night on Twitter.
Chase, a former Kansas commit, is ranked as the No. 106 prospect overall by the 247Sports Composite.
Jaheim Oatis is big. How big?
Well, he’s 6-4 and 286 pounds and describes himself as a “beast.” That description seems to fit.
Oatis, from Columbia (Miss.), tweeted a photo with Alabama coach and said “one of my dreams came true.”
Oatis has done camps at Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State and has walked away with offers from each. As he noted on Twitter, “REMEMBER THE NAME JAHEIM OATIS!!!!”
Oatis not only plays football. He noted on his Twitter feed that he is an accomplished baseball pitcher who already has touched 84 and also plays basketball.
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Orchestrated cheering sections — complete with hand movements — are rare on the AAU circuit.
And then there was Idaho Select, which has 12 teams in its 20th year of summer travel basketball.
As seen in the video below from the Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in California, players from the teams in the program that were not in a particular game showed out in support.
That included the raised arms on free throw attempts as seen by student sections across the country at high school games.
That support extends to the coaches, too.
“If you saw our bench, we had all 10 or 11 of our other coaches sitting. We really like to give these kids a great experience on and off the court,” said Mike Harrington, who coaches the Idaho Select 15U team, which made the final four. “All the coaches are college or head high school coaches. It’s a great program that does things the right way.”
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A kicker and punter from South Carolina are both heading to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Alabama commit Skyler DeLong, ranked as the No. 1 punter by the 247Sports Composite, and Clemson commit BT Potter, ranked as the No. 4 kicker in the composite, have earned their spots in the annual showcase in San Antonio.
DeLong, who plays for Nation Ford (Fort Mill, S.C.), was a Tennessee commit but flipped to Alabama after a recent specialists camp.
Potter plays for South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.). He is ranked as the No. 1 kicker by Chris Sailer Kicking, which helps select the specialists for the Army Bowl.
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Taylor Dockins, the American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Softball Player of the Year, has had an emotional few weeks.
Dockins, from Norco (Calif.), was diagnosed with liver cancer last summer and had the left lobe of her liver, including a five-inch tumor removed.
After returning to the field and having a dominant season, she learned that her liver cancer had returned. Doctors had found three tumors, with the largest approximately the size of a baseball.
Dockins, the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year, was attending the ESPY’s earlier this month when her family got the call that she has been placed on the national liver transplant list. The call was “life-changing.”
Amid all this, though, Taylor Dockins will do what Taylor Dockins does — and that’s return to the pitching circle on a softball field.
Dockins confirmed to USA TODAY High School Sports that she will be playing — yes, playing — at the Premier Girls Fastpitch High School All-American Game on Friday in Irvine, Calif. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
“Yes! I will be at the game playing,” she wrote in a Twitter message. “I am so excited and definitely honored to be a part of it.
“It’s crazy, but I’m blessed.”
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Dockins confirmed that “the doctors have approved me.”
Before Dockins can be considered for a transplant, she must undergo radiation treatment intended to shrink the size of the tumor and potentially remove any cell cells that have not been detected.
“I haven’t done the treatment yet but probably will start it the week after PGF,” Dockins said. “I’m good enough to play. I’ll be trying out there, haven’t pitched in a game in a while, but I will work hard.”
D.J. Carton took a big step toward establishing himself as one of the best point guard prospects in the Midwest in the Class of 2019 with his performance at the NY2LA Summer Jam in the Milwaukee area.
His recruitment is on the cusp of going national.
Carton had 19 points in one game, 28 in another and held Quad City Elite reach the semifinals. He impressed the college coaches who were watching. Nebraska coach Tim Miles saw him play and extended an offer.
Carton, 6-2 from Bettendorf (Iowa), has six offers thus far with front-runner Wisconsin, Northern Iowa, Marquette, North Dakota and IUPUI joining Nebraska.
Coaches from Purdue, Northwestern, Butler, Minnesota and Illinois were all in watching Carton this weekend and Iowa and Ohio State have shown interest.
“I feel like I have been playing well, leading my team and things like that,” Carton said. “My jump shot is starting to come along so I’ve been shooting more of those lately. …
“We finish up with a tourney in Kansas City and then I need to get back to work getting shots up every day to improve on my jumper and make it consistent.”
Carton can score and create, but he also impressed with his defense.
Anthony Schwartz, a member of the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Track and Field team as one of the nation’s top sprinters, is also a football star at American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.).
Schwartz announced a final six for football Sunday night on Twitter: Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU and Southern California. He noted that a commitment was “coming soon.”
Schwartz told USA TODAY High School Sports that all six schools are allowing him to run track as well. He said he is not feeling any pressure to choose between his two sports and expects to do both.
Schwartz is ranked as a four-star receiver and plays for one of the top football programs in the nation. He is listed as the No. 30 receiver prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings.
On the track, Schwartz was the U.S. 100 meter leader with his world youth (under age 18) record 10.15 clocking and bettered 10.50 in 11 races. He was the New Balance Nationals champion and the top high school 100 finisher at the USATF Junior Championships (fourth overall).
Alyssa Wilson, from Donovan Catholic (Toms River, N.J.), bettered her own national high school record in the shot put with an outstanding performance at the Pan American Junior Championships in Trujillo, Peru.
Wilson, an American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Track and Field selection, won gold and had a third throw of 58-1. Her previous mark was 57-1 1/4.
Along with her success in the discus, Wilson previously won the USATF Junior title in the hammer throw at 185-11.
La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), the defending Super 25 boys basketball champions, has added Emanuel Miller, a 6-7 player from Toronto.
Miller, a member of the Class of 2019, was part of the Canadian team that won the FIBA U19 World Cup.
Miller, who had been attending Bill Crothers Prep, is ranked as the No. 5 Canadian prospect in the class by NorthPoleHoops.com.
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The University Interscholastic League — the state governing body in Texas — plans to enforce a rule that requires football jerseys to have clearly visible numbers, according to the Dallas Morning News.
For those watching game film to prepare for an opponent — or reporters who need to know who scored touchdowns or made tackles — this matters.
Yes, it might take away some of the cool factor as apparel companies continue to move into the high school space. But everything has trade-offs.
The Morning News notes that the UIL often gets its cues from the NCAA. Here is what the NCAA rulebook says about jersey numbers:
“The jersey must have clearly visible, permanent Arabic numerals measuring at least eight and ten inches in height front and back, respectively, of a color which itself is clearly in distinct contrast with the color of the jersey, irrespective of any border around the number.”