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Recruiting Insider: May 6, 2007 - May 12, 2007

More On Gilchrist/VT

Just got off the phone with Augustus Gilchrist's personal trainer Terrelle Woody. It was a bizarre interview on all fronts, starting with Woody stating that Progressive Christian Coach Van Whitfield -- who this afternoon sent out a statement on Gilchrist -- wasn't authorized to speak for Gilchrist or release information...

By Josh Barr  | May 11, 2007; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Prep Coach Says Gilchrist Not Going to VT

Just got this statement from Progressive Christian basketball coach Van Whitfield: Due to the tragic and historic events of April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech University, Progressive Christian Academy senior forward Augustus Gilchrist will respectfully request to be released from his National Letter of Intent. In this time of mourning...

By Josh Barr  | May 11, 2007; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilchrist Seeking Another Destination?

Spoke to second-team All-Met center Gus Gilchrist last night and he confirmed he is uncertain what he plans to do next season but declined to say more. Gilchrist, who was home schooled and played for Progressive Christian this past season, signed a letter-of-intent to play for Virginia Tech in November....

By Josh Barr  | May 11, 2007; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Twyman To Be A Hoosier?

Not quite, but if Sherwood All-Met guard Deontay Twyman can make the NCAA's initial academic eligibility standards, he will play in the Hoosier state. While no one was ready to confirm anything last night, a source with knowledge of the situation said that Twyman will sign a national letter-of-intent to...

By Josh Barr  | May 10, 2007; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alaeze Pleads Guilty

One-time Maryland recruitMelvin Alaeze pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree assault. He lasted only a few weeks into his freshman season last fall at Illinois before returning home and getting into a myriad of trouble....

By Josh Barr  | May 10, 2007; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McPhearson Going to Court

Former DeMatha WR Derrick McPhearsonwill stand trial on May 21 for felony burglary charges. His co-defendant in the case, another former Illinois football player, is expected to plead guilty....

By Josh Barr  | May 9, 2007; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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K-State Gets Local Player

Former Carroll standout Jamar Samuels, who played at Patterson (N.C.) School this past season, is bound for Kansas State. Chalk one up for the D.C. Assault-Dalonte Hill connection. Weird item though: The Kansas City Star reports that Samuels will skip his senior season to enroll this fall. This was Samuels'...

By Josh Barr  | May 9, 2007; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Little Hoya Going To Be A Cav

Just got off the line with Georgetown Prep football coach Dan Paro, who passed along word that TE Colter Phillips verbally committed to Virginia recently. Phillips, who is 6-6 and 240 pounds, is the younger brother of All-Met OL Andrew Phillips, who went to Stanford. "It all happened in a...

By Josh Barr  | May 8, 2007; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Former Local Standout Goes to Court

One-time DeMatha standout Derrick McPhearson, who chose Illinois over Maryland, will be in court today. He was kicked off the Illinois team by Coach Ron Zook after being arrested in March when the car in which he was riding was pulled over and several stolen items were discovered. By the...

By Josh Barr  | May 8, 2007; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is NCAA On The Wrong Track?

This columnist does not like either of the NCAA's recent reforms to ban text messaging or crack down on diploma mills. I think many folks have mixed feelings on the subject. Text messaging had gotten way out of hand, coaches sending recruits idle and inane texts en masse. As for...

By Josh Barr  | May 8, 2007; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Twyman Gets Scholarship Offer

Sherwood's Deontay Twyman, the first basketball-football first-team All-Met since Lawrence Moten finally has a scholarship offer. Sherwood AD Bob Cilento reports that Twyman took an official visit to Ball State late last week and the Cardinals -- coached by Ronny Thompson -- offered Twyman a basketball scholarship. No word yet...

By Josh Barr  | May 7, 2007; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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