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Recruiting Insider: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

More on Hairston/Thornton/Duke

Here's my file for tomorrow's paper, though it could update if I get in touch with some folks tonight: Two of the Washington area's top high school basketball players, both juniors, yesterday committed to play for Duke, according to their high school coaches. Courtland forward Josh Hairston, a third-team All-Met...

By Josh Barr  | September 13, 2008; 9:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Wow! Local Pair Commits to Duke!

Just pulled into the Outer Banks for vacation (no Insider next week), unpacked and checked my email to read that Gonzaga guard Tyler Thornton and Courtland forward Josh Hairston -- a pair of top juniors -- today committed to play basketball for Duke, according to Courtland Coach J.T. Nino. I'll...

By Josh Barr  | September 13, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Auburn Recruit Dazzles in Opener

Meant to link to this one sooner. Auburn recruit Raymond Cotton was terrific in his opening game, passing for 245 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 80 yards and another score in Meade's 42-7 victory over Franklin. Meade plays Chesapeake tomorrow before getting a test next week against Old...

By Josh Barr  | September 11, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Closer Look at Maryland's Recruiting Coordinator

Maryland recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo is known as a straight shooter, according to the mother of one Maryland player. In a sport where Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden pledges the first carry of a season as an incentive to top recruits, this story says "those who have witnessed Sollazzo's recruiting describe...

By Josh Barr  | September 11, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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U-Va QB to Sit Out, But Why Now?

I'd love to hear an explanation about this. How does former West Springfield standout Peter Lalich play last week but get suspended for this week's game against Connecticut? Maybe U-Va. is not calling it a suspension. Every story I've read uses the terms "won't travel" and "step back." But really,...

By Josh Barr  | September 11, 2008; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Basketball Player With a Football Future?

Another basketball player with a football future? How often do you turn down Michigan and other elite programs to play for Western Michigan? But that's what Flenard Whitfield did, choosing to be a college basketball player instead of playing college football. No mention of whether the Broncos football coach has...

By Josh Barr  | September 10, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland's Opponent Is Quite 'Special'

Great reporting here - and Maryland's upcoming opponent isn't looking too good. California reported that in 2004, 95 percent of its freshmen football players received special admission to the school. There isn't even a common definition for special admits. Some schools that say they have none acknowledge that sports talent...

By Josh Barr  | September 10, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Calls, Text Messages Have Richmond in Trouble

Richmond self-reported NCAA violation that dealt with calling and text-messaging recruits too often. Now it appears the school and governing body disagree on just how often rules were violated. The infractions deal with men's and women's basketball. The assistant coaches who committed most of the violations have resigned. However, men's...

By Josh Barr  | September 10, 2008; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hawkins OK, QO Player Ready to Commit?

Spoke to Quince Orchard Coach Dave Mencarini last night and he said that standout defensive back Travis Hawkins is doing fine after taking a tough hit in the first half of Monday's victory over Wootton. Hawkins collided with a teammate on the play and did not return. "He didn't practice"...

By Josh Barr  | September 10, 2008; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Penn State Recruit Likely Out for the Season

Spoke to Oxon Hill Coach Kevin Wolfolk last night and he said that wide receiver Brandon Felder could miss the entire season with a right knee injury suffered in a preseason scrimmage. Wolfolk had been hoping to keep the news quiet until after this Saturday's game against Eleanor Roosevelt, but...

By Josh Barr  | September 9, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Less Means More for DeMatha Lineman

I've got a neat story in today's paper about a player making himself into a potential scholarship player. DeMatha offensive lineman Calvin McDowney lost 85 pounds this past offseason and now starts at guard for the Stags. Simple things, such as eating smaller portions and drinking more water helped McDowney,...

By Josh Barr  | September 9, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Stone Bridge Legit, Robinson Junior Gets VT Offer

Made the journey out to Stone Bridge last Friday as I wanted to get a look at the Bulldogs' top prospects. And while it's difficult (at best) to judge linemen and linebackers while watching from field level, as a group David Wang (Virginia Tech), Brian Slay (N.C. State) and Zach...

By Josh Barr  | September 8, 2008; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Will Struggles Impact Recruiting?

So let's say you're Dave Sollazzo, Ralph Friedgen or James Franklin. Or maybe you're Al Groh. Or even Frank Beamer. Can you really positively spin the mess that is this current season to prospective recruits? On one hand, it's been ugly for the I-A locals. On the other, does this...

By Josh Barr  | September 8, 2008; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Zanna Headed to the Big East?

Rashad Whack isn't the only Bishop McNamara player getting plenty of attention. Mustangs Coach Marty Keithline said that center Talib Zanna has official visits set up later this month for Pittsburgh and Providence, with a trip to Boston College in October. Keithline said that St. Joseph's, Oklahoma, Temple, Southern Methodist,...

By Josh Barr  | September 8, 2008; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Whack Picks George Mason

Rashad Whack did not waste any time making his college choice. The Bishop McNamara shooting guard, on the first weekend he could take an official recruiting trip to a college campus, made the trek to George Mason and committed to play for the Patriots. Mason has been recruiting Whack for...

By Josh Barr  | September 7, 2008; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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