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2018 IHSA Signing

Posted on March 7, 2018. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s going where??

February 10, 2018

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Arizona Western: Dylan Davalos, Providence; Tauru Robertson, Homewood-Flossmoor; Isaiah Rucker, Crete-Monee. Butler: Aristotle Nakos, Mount Carmel. Central Missouri: Ryan Flournoy, Homewood-Flossmoor. Chicago: Caden Kalinowski, Providence; Ryan Quinn, St. Rita. Cincinnati: Jeremy Cooper, Mount Carmel. Concordia St. Paul: Peyton Nigro, Lincoln-Way Central. Concordia Wisconsin: Ryan Harrison, St. Laurence.

 

Cornell: Kyle Neputy, Stagg. Dayton: Danny Meehan, Marist. Drake: Declan Carr, Lincoln-Way East; Marcell Ellis, Homewood-Flossmoor; Eduardo Favela, Providence. DuPage: Raymond Clark, Hillcrest; Kam Hill, Hillcrest. Eastern Illinois: Rashawn Schandon, Eisenhower. Georgetown (D.C.): Joshua Tomas, Crete-Monee. Highland (Kan.): Angelo Smith, Homewood-Flossmoor.

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Illinois State: Jaden Hacha, Lincoln-Way East. Indiana: Tommy Greene, Marist. Indiana State: Chris Childers, St. Rita. Indianapolis: Christian Booker, St. Laurence; Toriano Clinton, St. Laurence. Iowa: Turner Pallissard, Lincoln-Way East. Iowa Central: Lamont Bishop, Hillcrest. Itasca: Conrad Kerr, Hillcrest . Kent State: Jack Halper, Providence. Lake Forest: Connor Cahill, St. Rita.

 

Lincoln: Khristian Johnson, Bloom. Loras: Kevin Flamm, St. Rita. Minnesota State Moorehead: Jermaire Ratliff, Homewood-Flossmoor. Mount Union: Evan Weygandt, Lincoln-Way West. Nebraska Kearney: Dakari Smith, Hillcrest. North Central: Cole Griffin, Andrew; Noah Wasielewski, Reavis. Northern Illinois: Jeff Griffin, Homewood-Flossmoor; Justin Hall, Homewood-Flossmoor.

 

Northern Michigan: Edward Pierson, St. Laurence. Northern State: Donte Bronson, St. Laurence. Northwest Missouri State: Matt Murphy, Lincoln-Way West. Northwoods: Jordan Acklin, Mount Carmel. Ohio Dominican: Cody Nawrot, Providence. Olivet Nazarene: Aaron Jones, St. Rita. Robert Morris: Kentrell Doumas, Hillcrest; Tyler Mays, Crete-Monee; Justin Olokun, Homewood-Flossmoor; Tommy Piekarz, Andrew; Eli Webster, Tinley Park.

 

Rockford: Dallas Brown, Crete-Monee. South Dakota State: Mike Morgan , Lincoln-Way Central. St. Ambrose: Tom Gillen, Marist; Matt Granberry, Lincoln-Way Central; Joe Greene, Marist; Tim Klotz, Providence; Aaron Krockey, Providence; Charlie Selke, St. Rita; Joe Tracy, Providence. St. Norbert: Mitchell Gray, Providence; Timmy Guest, Mount Carmel; Orrin Prater, Richards.

St. Xavier: Tim Baity, Eisenhower; Tommy Farley, Providence; Jaleel Holloway, Crete-Monee; Joey Markasovic, Providence; Steven Meyer, Providence; Khyre Mitchell, Crete-Monee. Trinity International: Isaiah Lampkins, Homewood-Flossmoor; Austin O’Connor, Andrew. Truman State: Ryan Robbins, Lincoln-Way West. Valparaiso: Anthony Lullo, Lincoln-Way West.

 

Wabash: AJ Martino, Crete-Monee; Ryan Zientara, Tinley Park. Washington (Mo.): John Christensen, Lincoln-Way East; Brendan Morrissey, Lincoln-Way East. Wayne State (Nebraska): Adam Andrews, LB, St. Laurence. Western Kentucky: Mario Wright, Homewood-Flossmoor. Winona State: Ventress Herron, Hillcrest; Jake Price, Lincoln-Way West. Wisconsin Platteville: Jordan Telez, Lincoln-Way West; Brett Widule, Lincoln-Way Central.

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Wisconsin Whitewater: Brendan Cavanaugh, St. Laurence.

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2017 Nations TOP Recruit Classes

Posted on December 29, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who has the TOP recruiting B-Ball class?

November 2017

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And the top dog is…….

1. North Carolina: A consensus top 10 player, 6-7 Nassir Little, heads the class that features two in-state four-star guards –– Coby White and Rechon Black. Tar Heels still in the mix for heralded Zion Williamson as well.

2. Kansas: An important class isn’t finished off yet, but it’s off to a great start with five-star point guard Devon Dotson. There is size in 6-9 Silvio De Sousa and 6-9 David McCormack, a pair of top 50 recruits.

3. Michigan State: There is quality and quantity as Tom Izzo restocks the cupboard with a five-player class, including four top 100 prospects and four in-state players. The headliners are 6-9 Marcus Bingham and 6-7 Gabe Brown.

4. LSU: Rugged 6-10, 230-pound Nazreon Reid, a top 20 prospect in the country, and combo guard Ja’Vonte Smart, a local boy from Baton Rouge, heads a stellar class with three top 100 players.

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5. USC: A trio of four-star recruits all ranked in the top 100 -– 6-8 wing Taeshon Curry, 6-4 point guard Elijah Weaver and 6-5 shooting guard Kevin Porter –– gives the Trojans a second straight impressive recruiting class.

6. Maryland: Homegrown Jalen Smith, a 6-10 forward from Baltimore and top 30 prospect, is the prize of the class. Combo guard Eric Ayala and 6-6 Aaron Wiggins are both top 100 recruits.

7. Michigan: There is strength in numbers in this five-man class, including four ranked in the top 150. The Wolverines landed a top 50 forward in versatile Ignas Brazdeikis and stole 6-8 Brandon Johns out of East Lansing.

8. Duke: No class has a better 1-2 punch so far than what Coach K has secured. Cam Reddish is a 6-7 do-it-all from Pennsylvania and the No. 3 ranked player in the country. Point guard Tre Jones is a top 10 prospect. But this class could rise to the top with addition of 6-7 R.J. Barrett, the nation’s No. 1 player who will announce Friday and is said to be leaning to Duke.

9. Wake Forest: Jaylen Hoard, a 6-8 star with an I.Q. and obvious physical tools, is a top 25 prospect nationally, while 6-8 Isaiah Mucius and point guard Jamie Lewis are a pair of four-star prospects.

10. Texas: Shaka Smart has lined up a strong recruiting class for the third straight year. The four-player class includes consensus top 50 prospects in 6-9 Kamaka Hepa and 6-6 wing Gerald Liddell.

 

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2017 IHSA Early Signing

Posted on December 29, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s early signing time…. who’s ready?

December 2017

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Local players in OUR coverage area expected to sign during the early signing period.

Army
Brandon Walters, Bolingbrook, DB

Brown
Drew Clippert, Aurora Christian, QB

Cincinnati
Jeremy Cooper, Mount Carmel, OL

Cornell
Devan Cross, Aurora Christian, WR
Delonte Harrell, Marist, DB
Kyle Neputy, Stagg, QB

Dartmouth
Luca DiLeo, St. Ignatius, DL

Illinois State
Austin Nagel, Lemont, WR

Indiana
TJ Ivy, Marist, WR
Gavin McCabe, Marist, DL
Nick Marozas, Brother Rice, OL

Indiana State
Chris Childers, St. Rita, RB
Giavion Mason, McNamara, WR/S

Iowa State
Isaiah Lee, Nazareth, DL

Minnesota
Mariano Sori-Marin, Providence, LB
Elijah Teague, Marist, DL

Northern Illinois
Joseph Bonds, De La Salle, LB
Mike DeHaan, Andrew, DE
Jeffrey Griffin, Homewood-Flossmoor, DT
Justin Hall, Homewood-Flossmoor, RB
Jyran Mitchell, Rich Central, WR
Queneil Morrison, Phillips, DE
John Richardson, Brother Rice, K

Northwestern
Devin O’Rourke, Lincoln-Way East, DE

Purdue
Byron Perkins, De La Salle, DB

Western Illinois
Deshon Gavin, Providence, DB

Western Kentucky
Mario Wright, Homewood-Flossmoor, LB

Western Michigan
Matthew Stuckey, Rich Central, LB

Wyoming
Camron Donatlan, West Aurora, WR

 

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2017 BIG Ten Week 4

Posted on September 23, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , |

BIG Ten Week 4…

September 23, 2017

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It’s a hot one in the BIG TEN this weekend and I’m not only talking about the play on the field…. Mother Nature has some extreme temps over many stadiums. 

The overall national game schedule wasn’t too impressive for college football’s fourth week, but there were several important battles taking place in Big Ten Country as conference play kicked off in a big way.

Let’s recap Week 4….

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UNLV just couldn’t stop the Buckeyes… Ohio State struck first and often behind the play of J.T. Barrett. He threw touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half! Barrett threw scoring passes to Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, Binjimen Victor, Terry McLaurin and K.J. Hill. True freshman running back J.K. Dobbins added to his growing resume by rushing for 95 yards on 14 carries before taking a seat just before halftime. Barrett finished the game going 12 for 17 for 209 yards. And backup Dwayne Haskins did pretty well for himself also going 15 for 23 for 228 yards and two scores. His scores went to C.J. Saunders and Rashod Berry.

TAKEAWAY:
The Rebels will be happy to take their big check  of $1.3 million and move on to Mountain West conference play.

UP NEXT:
UNLV: Hosts San Jose State next Saturday.

Ohio State: Begins a string of eight Big 10 games next Saturday at Rutgers.

 

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NOTE: Terps earned $200,000 to play at Central Florida.

Maryland’s hot start came screeching to a halt yesterday when the Terps failed to defend their home turf against the UCF. For D.J. Durkin, the loss may reach much further than just the win-loss column.

True freshman quarterback Kasim Hill went down with a leg injury in the first quarter and did not return. Hill has been impressive while filling in for Tyrrell Pigrome since the season opener against Texas. With Pigrome out for the season, Hill became the fifth quarterback to start for the Terps since 2015.

Sophomore Max Bortenschlager took the reins at quarterback and threw for 132 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. D.J. Moore had another fine outing, hauling in eight passes for 83 yards and the team’s lone touchdown. The offense just wasn’t the same, however, and failed to reach 200 yards on the day. In its two previous wins, Maryland put up 534 yards against Towson and 482 against the Longhorns.

The UCF offense gashed the Terps with 250 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The Knights had a three-week layoff thanks to Hurricane Irma, and they clearly used that extra time to their advantage.

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NOTE: Temp at kickoff is 89 degrees – hottest ever at Ross-Ade Stadium…

After a scoreless first quarter, both teams seems to settle down and get into the endzone.

With Wilson Speight is out of the game, Wolverines got on the board first due to injury,with a pass from John O’Korn to Zach Gentry from 12 yards. The scoring drive went for 13 plays, 84 yards.

And a little more than two minutes later, the Boilermakers scored on a 5 play, 75 yards march, which end with a 10 yard pass from Elijah Sindelar to Brycen Hopkins.
On the Wolverines next possession, O’Korn tosses a tipped interception to Navon Mosley. Boilermakers capitalize with a 29 yard field goal by J.D. Dellinger taking their first lead.
Second half adjustment award goes to coach Harbough as the Wolverines pulled away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns and holding the Boilermakers to just 189 yards of total offense with only 30 of those coming in the running game.
The biggest storyline surrounding this one is Jim Harbaugh’s quarterback situation. Wilton Speight has struggled this season, and he didn’t get the chance to bounce back on Saturday. The junior went down in the first quarter with what appeared to be an upper-body injury. Purdue had no x-ray machine available so Speight left the stadium for further evaluations.

Senior John O’Korn took over and was mostly impressive under center. He shook off an early interception and would end up with 270 yards through the air with a touchdown and the one pick. Chris Evans led the way for the Wolverine offense as the sophomore rushed for 97 yards and two scores, including a backbreaking 49-yarder late in the fourth quarter.

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BIG Nittany Lion victory against Iowa…

Saquon Barkley did just about everything in this game including rushed for 211 yards and a score, caught 12 passes for 94 yards, and added 53 kick return yards. That’s 358 all-purpose yards for the Heisman frontrunner.

The Hawkeyes took the lead late in the fourth quarter thanks to an Akrum Wadley touchdown run. With less than two minutes remaining, Penn State drove 65 yards and pulled off the game-winner as time expired; a seven-yard touchdown pass from Trace McSorley to Juwan Johnson.

McSorley threw for 284 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 61 yards as well. Wadley led the way for the Hawkeyes, accounting for 155 yards of total offense with two scores. Quarterback Nathan Stanley threw for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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Spartans come up short in South Bend including a a number of critical mistakes that they just couldn’t recover from. One of the game’s pivotal plays took place in the second quarter. Tailback L.J. Scott had the ball stripped just inches from the goal line, handing the ball back to the Irish on a touchback. Notre Dame would then score again before halftime, giving them a three-touchdown lead.

Brian Lewerke completed 31 of 51 passes for 340 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Scott rushed for 61 yards while Lewerke chipped in with 56 of his own. The Spartans outgained the Irish by nearly 150 yards, but they were plagued by two lost fumbles and the interception.

Quarterback Brandon Wimbush accounted for two of the Irish scores; one through the air and one with his legs. Dexter Williams and Deon McIntosh also ran for touchdowns.

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Well, week four now in the books… and on thing that came from this is injuries. Maryland and Michigan both have some serious question marks at quarterback right now. The Wolverines’ backup situation is in decent shape if Speight were to miss some time. For the Terps, the Kasim Hill injury – depending on the severity – could be a huge blow to the season.

It will be interesting to see how the Hawkeyes bounce back after that heartbreaking loss, but Iowa fans should feel pretty good about where things stand. There’s not a whole lot you can do about Saquon Barkley, but Kirk Ferentz’ team showed a lot of resiliency in the second half.

Next week the Buckeyes will head east to Rutgers in a game that should see a lot of Dwayne Haskins and/or Joe Burrow. Penn State hosts Indiana while the Hawkeyes travel to East Lansing. The Wolverines have a bye before they square off with the Spartans on Oct. 7.

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2017 BIG Ten Football Week 3

Posted on September 16, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten Week 3…

September 15, 2017

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Week 3 could dictate a lot in the BIG Ten…  Big Ten went 9-4 record during Week 2 so, again, who will remain undefeated? Teams can not let opportunities slip away. Let’s recap Week 3….

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As we board the plane to head back to Illinois, the thing we remember the most from this game is PENALTIES! Whew…. Ok. USF and Illinois racked up penalties at almost an all-time record where 26 combined flags accepted. They would finish with 31 combined. USF won the game, 47-23, but that’s beside the point. If all you can remember is yellow flags in a game, there’s a problem.

The NCAA record is 42 penalties, from a 1986 game between North Carolina Central and St. Paul’s. The Division I record is 39, which has happened in four games. The FBS record is 36, from a 1986 game between San Jose State and Fresno State. The Spartans had 24 flags in that game.

For posterity, we recorded every penalty for future generations.

USF: Illegal shift.
Illinois: Substitution infraction.
USF: False start.
Illinois: Offside.
USF: Personal foul (this was the first PAT attempt).
USF: Unsportsmanlike conduct.
Illinois: Unsportsmanlike conduct (Nos. 5 and 6 offset).
Illinois: Holding.
USF: Roughing the passer (targeting to boot).
Illinois: Pass interference.
Illinois: False start (those last four were on consecutive plays).
Illinois: Offside.
USF: False start.
USF: Holding.
Illinois: False start.
USF: False start (end of first quarter).
Illinois: Clipping.
USF: Unsportsmanlike conduct.
Illinois: Pass interference.
Illinois: 12 men on the field.
USF: Face mask.
Illinois: Holding.
USF: False start.
USF: False start.
USF: Delay of game (that was actually intentional to give some more breathing room for a pooch punt).
Illinois: Pass interference (end of first half).
Illinois: False start.
Illinois: Targeting (that’s two ejections now).
USF: Holding.
Illinois: Facemask.
USF: Facemask.

Now back to the game, Quinton Flowers threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 15 of 25 attempts. USF topped 100 yards rushing, with USF amassing 680 yards total offense to Illinois’ 354

The Bulls (3-0) beat a Big Ten opponent for the first time on a night the university honored first responders who worked the last week to help victims of the massive storm that impacted the entire state of Florida.

Illinois (2-1) stumbled in what also was a homecoming of sorts for coach Lovie Smith, who returned to the stadium where he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons before being fired and accepting the challenge of rebuilding the Illini.

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The visiting Huskies got on the board quick with NOT one, but two pick sixes. From this and as expected, Nebraska surged back in the second half and briefly took the lead early on in the fourth quarter but NIU answered and recaptured the lead with about nine minutes left. The Husks had no answer for NIU tailback Jordan Huff. The senior entered the game with 97 yards on the season. Against Nebraska he compiled 145 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries.

Bright spot, Tanner Lee threw for just shy of 300 yards but also tossed three crucial interceptions. Mikale Wilson led the way on the ground with 90 yards. BIG win for the MAC as NIU got P-A-I-D! $820k victory…..

 

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Michigan’s offense has to do better as they only put up 200 yards in the first half,then went on struggle to find the end zone. Quinn Nordin was the offense with three FGs. Wolverines offense did score once thanks to a 36-yard run by Karan Higdon. It was another lackluster performance by Wilton Speight as he completed 14 of 23 passes for 169 yards and no scores. Next week, PURDUE….

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In a word, THOROUGH!!! But at least they got a check right? Rutgers paid them $350,000. One must ask yourself, “is it worth it?”

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The 2017 Boilermakers are a TOTALLY different team from a season ago. Yes, they lost a close one against Louisville to start the season, but Jeff Brohm actually has Purdue looking like a competent Big Ten team. That continued on Saturday when they went on the road and crushed an SEC opponent.

The Boilers continue to use a two-quarterback system and both David Blough and Elijah Sindelar made an impact this weekend. Blough led the way completing 22 of 28 passes for 187 yards and a score. He also added a rushing touchdown. Sindelar threw for 85 yards and a touchdown of his own. Sophomore Tario Fuller led all ball-carries with 90 yards and a touchdown.

Mizzou running back Demarea Crockett entered the game with close to 300 yards through just two games, but the Boilermaker defense made him a non-factor. Crockett rushed for just 19 yards on 10 carries. WOW!!! Guess who’s up next for the Boilermakers? Harbough and Michigan Wolverines…. We will be there LIVE!!!

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Not bad for $1.2 million payday Georgia State… Whew!

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Jeff Brohm continues to do big things for Purdue and the team believing… Penn State looks like a well-oiled machine, Wisconsin’s offense is rolling, and Iowa needs to step it up with conference play kicking off.

Next week’s schedule features Penn State traveling to Iowa, Michigan State taking on the Fighting Irish, Ohio State will take on UNLV, and Purdue hosting the Wolverines. We will be LIVE in West Lafayette for the 2pm CDT kickoff.

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2017 BIG TEN Football Week 2

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten Week 2…

September 9, 2017

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Week 2 has some big games on tap… Who will remain undefeated? Who will get that first win? Big Ten went 9-4 record during Week 2. Many teams have opportunities but let them slip away. Who were the BIG rinners…

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Jeff Brohm and the Boliermakers jumped out to a 34-7 halftime lead over the Bobcats. Purdue put up some massive numbers offensively, 558 yards, with a nice run/pass balance; 295 through the air and 263 on the ground. David Blough averaged an absurd 18 yards per attempt as the junior went 11 of 13 for 235 yards and three scores.

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Always, we mean always a good game… Picture this: it was late in the fourth quarter and things weren’t looking so hot for the Hawkeyes then Akrum Wadley scored an incredible touchdown to tie the game and sent things to overtime. Iowa State kicked a field goal but then the Hawkeyes answered with a touchdown pass to hang onto the Cy-Hawk trophy. INSTANT CLASSIC!!!!

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Wilton Speight threw for 221 and two scores, but continues to struggle with errant throws. Kekoa Crawford and Grant Perry were both on the receiving end of the touchdown strikes. Ty Isaac continues to look like the best option in the backfield, rushing for 133 yards on 20 carries.

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Another MAC opponent defeated by BIG TEN… what’s more incredible is the Spartans are 2-0… what a difference a year makes! Plus, Brian Lewerke has been showing off his legs this season, and he scored twice on Saturday; including a 61-yarder. L.J. Scott rushed for 86 yards and a score on 18 carries.

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Trace McSorley, Saquon Barkley, and Mike Gesicki led the way for the Penn State offense. McSorley ran and threw for 229 total yards with three touchdowns and an interception; Barkley ran for 88 and a score while adding another touchdown on a nifty 46-yard catch and run; and Gesicki hauled in two touchdown catches in the first quarter of play.

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Completing 21 of 25 passes for 313 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions is a hell of a game for a college quarterback, right? That was the half-time stat line for Oregon’s Justin Herbert and he’s a sophomore. WOW!

The Duck offense looked like what we’ve gotten used to seeing over the years, putting up 566 yards of total offense.

Tanner Lee wasn’t his best in Eugene. Lee completed just 19 of 41 passes for 252 yards with three touchdowns and four crucial interceptions. Tailback Tre Bryant and wideout Stanley Morgan Jr. both topped the 100-yard mark. Bryant scored once while Morgan found the end zone twice. The Huskers did rally back quite nicely after a 42-14 half-time deficit, but they fell short in the end.

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Talk about a BIG loss… Game was tied at the half at 3-3. In the first 30 minutes, the Buckeye defense held their own against a highly explosive Sooners’ offense, but halftime adjustments were made, and the Sooners came out on fire.

OU quarterback Baker Mayfield came through on the field as well as made his name more known as a Heisman candidate, he ended the game throwing for 386 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-35 passing.

All momentum shifted in the fourth quarter, as the Sooners 17-13 lead turned into a 31-13 lead after a 10-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Trey Sermon, and a 3-yard rushing TD from Jordan Smallwood. Those two TDs were part of a 21-point unanswered scoring spree for Oklahoma, who entered the game ranked as the fifth best team in the country.

 

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Defensively the Illini played tough as nails Saturday night against Western Kentucky as they knocked them off. Linebacker Julian Jones returned an interception for the game’s first touchdown. The visitors could only manage 244 yards of offense on the day. On the other side of the ball, the Illini ground game held their own behind the play of Mike Epstein, who led all rushers with 111 yards on 21 carries.

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What a weekend of games for the BIG Ten! Next week’s slate brings very little excitement to the table. The Buckeyes will look to contain Army’s option attack (oof). Michigan hosts Air Force and the Nittany Lions take on mighty Georgia State. Those games should be sponsored by Red Bull.

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When is the Best Time to Contact Coaches

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: AAU, Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business, Track and Field | Tags: , |

When is the best time to contact a college coach?

September 2017

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So you want to contact a coach…. seems intimidating doesn’t it? First things that probably comes to mind is what do I say? Then you’re going to think, when is the best time to contact them.

Well, it really depends on how you are trying to contact him or her. If you are making a phone call, you should do it in the late afternoon or early evening. Coaches check their e-mail at different times, but we recommend e-mailing them in the morning; that way, they have all day to check their e-mail and see yours. If you are trying to contact a coach via social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, the best time to do that is in the late afternoon into evening hours. Now, let’s take a closer look.

 

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Calling a Coach
When you start planning to call a coach, it is extremely important you pay attention to the contact rules <LINK> for your sport; you can call a coach at any time, but they may not be able to call you back. To increase the chances they will pick up the phone, call a coach early in the evening, when they are most likely to have time to answer the phone. If they do not pick up the phone, it is extremely important that you leave a detailed message and tell them what day and time you plan on calling them back. It may be a time of the year that they are not allowed to call you back due to recruiting rules. If they know exactly when you plan on calling them, they can be prepared to take your call.

You should take steps to prepare yourself before you call a coach. Also, read these seven questions to ask when calling a coach for the first time.

E-mailing a Coach
Coaches can respond to an e-mail at any time, but it is a good practice to send your e-mails in the morning. This allows coaches all day to go through their e-mail account and respond. If they don’t respond to your e-mail after a few days, then send them a follow-up e-mail. If you still haven’t heard from them after following up, read this article for more help. You can also try these tips to get your e-mails opened.

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Using Social Media
Social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are becoming increasingly popular in college sports. You should utilize them to get in touch with coaches. Late afternoon and early evening is a great time to contact coaches via social media. It gives them a chance to take care of their day-to-day coaching responsibilities before they start reaching out to recruits. Before contacting coaches on Facebook or Twitter, make sure you don’t have anything that would negatively affect your recruiting prospects.

NOTE: if you have a derogatory user name or wild nickname, you may want to change it before contacting a coach.

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7 Questions to Ask When Calling a College Coach for the First Time

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: AAU, Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Softball, Sporting News, Sports Business, Track and Field | Tags: , |

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You’ve done all of your research on each program. You have the e-mail address and phone number for each coach.

Now what do you ask when you are actually talking to them? To help you prepare for calls with coaches, write out your questions ahead of time

That way you can make sure you cover all your bases and can easily take notes. The more you communicate with a coach, the easier it will be for you to figure out if you are both on the same page. Is there a connection between you and the coach? Do you feel comfortable? Is this someone you could imagine playing for? These are the type of questions you want to keep in mind as you are building that coach-recruit relationship.

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But what do you say when you are calling college coaches for the first time? Here are seven important questions to ask during the recruiting process:

What Does it Take to Earn a Scholarship With Your Program?
Knowing what it takes to earn a scholarship will help you with meeting the eligibility criteria. Many may not know it, but a major cause in not winning a scholarship is simply because people don’t meet the eligibility criteria. Did you know that missing an application deadline or not having a high enough GPA is an automatic disqualifier? There are millions of scholarships available, and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, great writer, or have a 4.0 GPA to get one. Sometimes all it takes in meeting the eligibility criteria is being persistent.

Can I Meet With You if I Make an Unofficial Visit?
This is an important question because these visits are vital for coaches. They don’t want to burn any bridges with future recruits, so making an unofficial visit is common. Also, coaches don’t know if you’re going to blow up one day, and sometimes half the battle is getting an athlete on campus.

Where do You Typically Evaluate Your Recruits?

This is helpful so you get an idea on when or where they scout for athletes. Coaches view tapes, but they also scout talent at camps, tournaments, and showcases.

Do You Have Any Camps, Tournaments, or Showcases You Recommend I Attend?
This is the end goal when calling college coaches because your overall objective is to get evaluated. If they give you a recommendation, chances are they will be there.

How is Your Recruiting Class Looking For My Graduation Year?
This will help you evaluate your own abilities with respect to other top players in your recruiting class. There are hundreds of players who play at your level, so you have to distinguish yourself from the rest. Calling college coaches can help with this because it shows your interest in their program. Taking time out of your day to make a phone call can make a major impact.

What is the Best Way to Update You on My Progress?
Make it as convenient as possible for the coach to evaluate you. The more they start seeing you as and hearing about you, the greater your chances of being evaluated. You also want them to be updated on any special recognition, awards, etc.

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What Are Good Academic Goals for Your University?

This will help you stay on track with the university’s eligibility criteria. Coaches care about grades, so this shows that you care as well. It is also an excellent way for you to show your academic ability.

 

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Understanding the Recruiting Process

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: AAU, Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , |

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The REAL Recruiting Game

If you live for sports. You’re an all-season athlete. Your teammates are your best friends. You’re also probably psyched (and a little nervous) about that mythical college recruitment process. Whether you’re a high school freshman or a senior, this is your college recruitment need-to-know introduction.

Making it to high school isn’t just a rite of passage for students and athletes alike—it’s also the start of a four-year athletic recruitment process. Believe it or not, the best of the best in their respective sports are already being scouted as early as freshman year.

Thanks to the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), recruitment is a finely tuned animal, but it can still make your head spin with all of its intricacies. So grab your cleats, mouth guard, and uniform, and let’s dive in.

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NCAA vs. NAIA
The two main associations that govern collegiate athletics determine the process that you’ll be going through. Yet, it all starts with figuring out what you’re looking for in a school and in an athletic program. Take some time and ask yourself these questions: Do I want a public or private college or university? A big or small school? Do I need an athletic scholarship? Once you start thinking about those questions, your path and the schools that best fit your personality will become much clearer.

A basic difference between the NCAA and the NAIA is that the NCAA is the larger organization of the two, with over 1,000 affiliated colleges and universities; conversely, the NAIA has close to 300 participating member colleges and universities. NCAA schools also tend to be larger, and it includes the Ivy League, whereas NAIA schools fall on the smaller side. And just because the NCAA is better known doesn’t mean you won’t get the same athletic or academic experience at an NAIA school. In fact, NAIA schools are known to be the equivalent of a NCAA Division II school.

The divisions
NCAA Division I is home to those larger public schools that normally have huge arenas and fields that you have probably seen on television before—those schools with more than 15,000 students like University of Illinois or anything SEC. This division of sport is highly competitive and recruitment is not taken lightly by any means. Even though Division I is nationally recognized, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get that starting position you’re used to playing in high school. On the upside, however, Division I schools are so large that they tend to have a lot of money tucked away for their athletes.

Division II schools are split right down the middle in the public/private arena, which is great because it allows for an array of choices. These schools, according to NCAA.org, have on average about 4,500 students. It’s a nice mix of Division I and Division III athletics, and as far as money is concerned, more often than not, an athlete can walk away with at least a partial scholarship.

Last, but not least is NCAA’s Division III, the lesser known and perhaps more overlooked of the three. One of the big differences you’ll find playing a varsity sport in this division is affiliated schools do not offer athletic scholarships. When asked why students should choose a Division III school over a Division I or Division II school, many simply say, “top 50 national liberal arts college, provide an academic experience that is unique. For the right student who wants high-end academics and an athletic experience that is highly competitive, but not a job, we can be a better fit than many scholarship schools.”

It is important to note that the NCAA divisions are merely broken down by the number of athletic teams a school has. It is not a ranking system of how “good” a school is when it comes to athletics and academics.

Hitting the books
One myth that needs debunking: if you focus on and do well in your sports, grades and academics don’t matter—professors will treat you differently and let you “slide by” in your school work. False!

At the end of the day, you might even be a recruiter’s top choice, but if you don’t get into the school through the regular application process—whether it’s because your application is incomplete or your grades weren’t good enough—you will not be playing on that school’s team any time soon.

The high school years at a glance
The NCAA has specific rules for all its sports, making it difficult to list every intricacy between each division. While you can use the following information as a general guide, you should check out the NCAA website for the particulars of what needs to be done for your sport.

During freshman year of high school, your primary focus should be your academics, followed closely by working hard athletically. Take this time to peruse the NCAA site and learn about your sport and the different divisions. While you’re doing your research, start making a list of schools that stand out to you.

When sophomore year hits, start checking your mailbox for recruitment materials (e.g., questionnaires, camp brochures, etc.) and get your cell phone out! The process really begins when you find out which schools and coaches are interested in you. In most cases, you can now start contacting coaches in any of the divisions. They are not allowed to initiate contact with you at this point, so it’s all on you. You need to let coaches know that you are interested in them.

Sophomore year also marks the start of standardized testing. Get your feet wet by taking the PSATs, which will give you an idea of how the real SAT will go and show you where you need to improve before colleges see your scores. It’s important to stay ahead of the game and make your mark early. At the end of your sophomore year before school lets out, request a copy of your transcript and school profile. Send a copy of your transcript, any test scores you have, and your profile to each school you are interested in.”

When you finally reach junior year, it’s time to start getting serious. Believe it or not, college is right around the corner! Sign up for the SAT or ACT and get a head start, so if you don’t do so well the first time around, you can take them again. Talk to your guidance counselor about where you stand in your academics; they are one of the best resources you have available to you, since the NCAA rules are so strict about communicating with coaches.

And then there’s senior year. This is when everything starts happening. Coaches can now contact you more frequently and can ask you to come to the school on official visits. This is also a time when a coach can have you come for an evaluation of your skills, which often includes practicing with the team.

As actual athletics are concerned, coaches “really want to see recruits live to evaluate…. TRUE! It is very difficult to get a feel for the speed and size of the game on film. Seeing an athlete live can range from going to an actual game, or going to a summer clinic or camp, both of which were a huge help.

Getting noticed
There are many factors involved in getting noticed by a coach, including more than just your athletic ability and academic performance. In short, make sure you represent yourself in the best possible way, especially off the field including your digital footprint (social media).

At the end of the day, a coach wants the overall player and good person that they feel like they don’t have to truly babysit on a college campus.

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The end game
Don’t get caught up in the semantics of NCAA or NAIA, or making your way onto the “best” team. You’ll find yourself stuck in the process and losing sight of what you’re really after—a school that fits you. Just remember your goals, visit schools, do your research until you find your #1 draft pick college or university, and then everything else will fall into place.

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2017 ASNN365 September Newsletter

Posted on September 6, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Everyone is back to school

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This is also our “social media” edition to protect you on various topics and trends taking place nowadays.

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Ever wonder how did the national anthem become a hallmark of sporting events and when did athletes start using it as an opportunity for protest? Click to read about it.

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITION

*Just b/c people ask your opinion on emotional/hot topic, don’t have to answer

Even Colleges use “catfish” style tactics ~click here

Laremy Tunsil’s social media tomfoolery a reminder of the hefty price prospects can pay

NOTE: To all HS players on my TL, if ur tweeting profanity/inappropriate language (this includes retweets) ur not getting an offer from us.

Student-athletes need to pay attention to their social media footprints

NCAA outlaws a very specific type of subtweeting in recruiting

SOCIAL MEDIA: You may be trying to impress ur friends w/tweets but turning off college coaches who have power to offer u scholarships

 

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As school gets started remember @1001RecruitTips: #ACADEMICS: You can’t squeeze four years of requirements into 1-2 years!

#NCAABOUND Understanding the Recruiting Process

#NCAABound – HS #FRESHMEN – How to Prepare to Be Recruited RT HS Freshmen – How to be prepared to be recruited

#RecruitTips – Q: When is the best time to contact college coaches?

7 Questions to Ask When Calling a College Coach for the First Time

 

 

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