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Recruiting Insider: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

NCAA Puts Children Off Limits; Bans Paying Prospect's Coaches

No more recruiting Johnny Sixth-Grader. The NCAA yesterday passed emergency legislation that will prohibit college coaches from recruiting players before they enroll in ninth grade. Guess that also means no more decommit and recommit before 10th grade. "It was a negative trend," said Steve Mallonee, the NCAA's managing director of...

By Josh Barr  | January 16, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Basketball, Football  | Tags:  Gus Gilchrist, NCAA  
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Never a Sure Thing; Former Star Teaching Middle School

Terrific read here. Let it be a cautionary tale for every kid who thinks he's destined to play in the pros. Kevin Pittsnogle never put himself in that group, but the thought was that he certainly was destined for the NBA after shining for West Virginia. After all, how many...

By Josh Barr  | January 16, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Basketball  | Tags:  Kevin Pittsnogle  
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Report Says Johnson Will Stay at Penn State

I'm sure we'll see more on this story in the next 24 hours but David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News really has the news: Larry Johnson has decided to stay at Penn State, Jones reports, attributing his scoop to dependable university sources. This is big news for Penn State, which...

By Josh Barr  | January 15, 2009; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Larry Johnson, Penn State  
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Local QB Picks Temple

Ace Insider correspondent B.J. Koubaroulis with the news: Oakton quarterback Chris Coyer orally committed to Temple on Tuesday, choosing the Owls over offers from Ohio and Central Michigan. The lefthander led the Cougars to the Virginia AAA Division 6 Concorde District and Northern Region titles this past fall. A 6-3,...

By Josh Barr  | January 15, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Chris Coyer, Temple  
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A Geography Lesson, New Mexico Style

So apparently at least one New Mexico fan was insulted that I or Coolidge Coach Jason Lane suggested that going to school in Albuquerque is a long way to go for a Washington-area high school student. Don't think I wrote anything even close to controversial, but here's the email that...

By Josh Barr  | January 15, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  New Mexico  
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Still No Word on Johnson/Illini

Still no word on ace Washington-area recruiter Larry Johnson will leave Penn State for Illinois. Which leads one to believe something must be going on behind the scenes, because you have to think that before bringing Johnson in for an interview Illinois knew what it would take to get Johnson...

By Josh Barr  | January 14, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Larry Johnson  
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More on Thomas's Decision to Retire

Straight from Al Thomas, who yesterday announced he is retiring from coaching after 45 years on the sideline and eight state championships, culminating in Sherwood's 14-0 season and Maryland 4A title last month: "I've got 45 years in and I do have some health problems. It's time to start taking...

By Josh Barr  | January 14, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Al Thomas  
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Locksley's Magic Works for Lobos

It didn't take long for New Mexico Coach Mike Locksley to start working his local recruiting magic for the Lobos. Coolidge quarterback Emmanuel Yeager and wide receiver Derrell Person - both previously committed to other schools - have committed to play for New Mexico. Yesterday, DeMatha wide receiver Emmanuel McPhearson...

By Josh Barr  | January 14, 2009; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Derrell Person, Emmanuel Yeager, Mark Rehbein, Mike Locksley  
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Coaching Legend Retires

Some non-recruiting breaking news: Al Thomas, the legendary local high school football coach who last month guided Sherwood to the Maryland 4A championship, today announced he is retiring. Thomas, who has coached football since the mid-1960s, has a career record of 232-47 and has guided his teams to eight state...

By Josh Barr  | January 13, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Al Thomas  
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Frederick County Standout Chooses Dukes

Tuscarora do-it-all senior Jakarie Jackson has committed to play for James Madison, Tuscarora assistant coach Mike O'Brien reports. Here's what the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record had to sat about Jackson: Jackson said he told JMU coach Mickey Matthews and assistant Ulrich Edmonds when the pair visited his family's home Wednesday night...

By Josh Barr  | January 12, 2009; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Jakarie Jackson  
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DeMatha Defensive End Picks U-Va.

Take DeMatha defensive end Jeremiah Mathis off the list of the region's top uncommitted players. The second-team All-Met committed to Virginia yesterday. Man About Charlottesville Jeff White with the news: Yesterday, Jeremiah Mathis became the third high school football standout in the past week to commit to the University of...

By Josh Barr  | January 12, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Jeremiah Mathis, Virginia  
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Gwynn Park Lineman Bound for ACC

Got a call earlier tonight from Gwynn Park Coach Danny Hayes, who shared the news that standout lineman Raynard Randolph committed to North Carolina State today during his official visit to the Raleigh campus. The Wolfpack recruited the 6-3, 315-pound Randolph, a second-team All-Met, to play nose tackle, Hayes said....

By Josh Barr  | January 11, 2009; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Football  
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