Five for Friday....
1) Forestville All-Met LB Devonte Campbell is set to announce his college choice this afternoon. Knights Coach Charles Harley last night said that he considered Maryland "the leader" but that Illinois and Mike Locksley are making a strong push. I'll have the update this afternoon.
2) I don't have any new insight on where Ballou All-Met DL Marvin Austin is going to college, but these guys do. Three economists took the time to put together some sort of computer-prediction system for where high school seniors will go play college football. Sounds like a terrific use of time. Big Boss Man Jon DeNunzio had the time to find it.
Anyhow, the computer says Starvin' Marvin is going to USC. Guess we'll find out Wednesday. For reference, the computer is batting .500 on locals, correctly predicting Friendly QB Joe Haden would go to Florida, but incorrectly saying Dunbar WR Arrelious Benn would go to Maryland; he's at Illinois.
3) On the basketball docket for tonight, the best place to be is Gallaudet, where No. 3 DeMatha plays No. 4 St. John's and the All-Met guards/Georgetown recruits Chris Wright and Austin Freeman will square off again. One player to keep an eye on could be DeMatha C Jerai Grant, who is coming off one of his better games this season. Wright has nine consecutive games and 11 of 12 with at least 30 points; look for George Mason recruit Isaiah Tate to draw the assignment of guarding Wright.
4) In other games tonight, there's a good matchup in Prince George's, where 6-7 sophomore Wally Judge leads No. 18 Bladensburg to Upper Marlboro to face Wise and top junior Roscoe Davis. In Forestville, 12th-ranked Bishop McNamara hosts No. 20 O'Connell, with two Nigerians in the 7-foot range squaring off, McNamara's Talib Zanna and O'Connell's Frank Ben-Eze. In Greenbelt, Pittsburgh recruit Darnell Dodson, held under 20 points just twice this season, leads Eleanor Roosevelt against Oxon Hill and standout Maurice Creek.
5) Here's a story on a potential top prospect flying under the radar. Nikita Mescheriakov's older brother, Yegor, starred at GW. Now Nikita has come to the States for his senior year and he's playing for St. John's (Md.). Richmond, Loyola and the like have recruited Mescheriakov, but if he can qualify academically, don't be surprised if he ends up at a much more prominent local basketball program.
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