- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally2 hrs ago
Well, this is a first.
In the pantheon of unique ways for a high school athlete to commit to a college program, Brighton High (Brighton, Tenn.) senior offensive lineman Charles Mosley belongs near the top after he announced his pledge to Tennessee via social media (no news there) … with his manicured, dyed hair (Wait, what?).
On Monday, Mosley posted photos of both sides of his head on Twitter. The senior's new haircut was adorned with the checkerboard pattern from Tennessee's end zones and the words "Vols" and "UT." His message? "I'm officially committed to the University of Tennessee."
We would hope so.
- Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally4 hrs ago
As many as 20 prep football players may have faked their addresses to play for Atlanta's Grady High, and the Knights' popular coach has been reassigned as a result, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Erroll Davis said in a news conference on Monday.
Ronnie Millen Sr., who has worked in the school district since 1989 and served as Grady's head coach since 2001, has been removed of his position pending an investigation into an anonymous tip suggesting that as much as one-third of his roster may have falsified documents to play for him, according to multiple reports out of Georgia.
"We depend on the integrity of parents who have an ethical obligation to the district to provide accurate addresses to the district," said Davis, who revealed that multiple players used the same address, adding enough validity to the Nov. 7 anonymous tip to move forward. "However, our commitment to ethics is higher than any individual program."
- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally6 hrs ago
On Sunday the nation was captivated by the snowy, sloppy, slip-and-slide matches that doubled as NFL football games in Philadelphia and Baltimore. In fairness, they were quite entertaining. Still, those NFL highlights can’t compare to this Ohio state title game, which was played in white-out conditions in Canton on Saturday.
MaxPreps dug up highlight footage of Loveland High’s 41-23 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state title victory against Glenville High (Cleveland). Loveland jumped out to a 34-0 lead and held on from there, showcasing a remarkable ability to adapt to the deteriorating conditions.
- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally20 hrs ago
Watch out below. Here comes Elijah Minnie.
The Lincoln Park High (Midland, Pa.) senior registered the first seismic dunk of the prep basketball season with this slam, brought to Prep Rally's attention by USA Today, during Saturday's 85-31 rout of Sto-Rox High (Stowe Township, Pa.).
After first looking for a perimeter pass, Minnie ball faked and cut inside, slicing between two Sto-Rox defenders before elevating above a third Sto-Rox player, whose attempt to defend the slam only provided for a more active backdrop of a would-be poster.
The dunk was filthy, and the final score was outrageous. Only time will tell if Minnie and Lincoln Park can keep this up, but they're off to one heck of a start.
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- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally1 day ago
We've seen great highlight-reel touchdown catches all season long from across the nation, and many of them have revolved around a star receiver finding a way to pull in a one-handed grab. Usually, those grabs force the receiver to lose his balance and topple over.
Not Wethersfield High (Wethersfield, Conn.) wideout Whit DeVaux, whose catch above got his team started toward a 16-14 victory. The game that featured this highlight was played a day before Thanksgiving, but video of the catch didn't surfaced until Friday evening.
Locked in a tight game against rival Newington, DeVaux was sent on a deep inside slant route. He blew by the Newington defensive back assigned to cover him, but Wethersfield quarterback Matthew Sanzaro overthrew DeVaux's route by just a touch.
- Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally1 day ago
Trailing top-ranked senior recruit Jahlil Okafor's Whitney Young High (Chicago, Ill.) squad for almost the entire second half of a Chicago Elite Classic contest, St. John Bosco High (Bellflower, Calif.) was in danger of falling to 2-3 after starting the season in just about every major media outlet's national rankings.
Enter Daniel Hamilton, another top-20 national recruit headed to UConn next fall.
In the final seconds of a 59-59 game, Hamilton took an inbounds pass at midcourt and dribbled to the top of the key, where Okafor's 6-foot-10, 270-pound frame provided a formidable double-team, but St. John Bosco's five-star senior shooting guard drained a drifting 3-pointer to stun perennial national powerhouse Whitney Young in Chicago.
YouTube user Michael Kosman caught the shot from a floor-level angle at UIC, wonderfully capturing the dichotomy of Hamilton's celebration and Okafor's agony.
- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally1 day ago
Lydia Ko won her first tournament as a professional athlete on Sunday, capturing the Swinging Skirts Ladies Masters title in Taiwan. Afterward, the New Zealand native reflected on how her transition to being a professional has been kept in context by the remarkable musical success of fellow Kiwi Lorde.
Prep Rally has written about Ko before, with the teenage sensation already reaching the heights that many had predicted for former women’s golf sensation Michelle Wie. Ko won the Canadian Open in both 2012 and 2013, at age 15 and 16 respectively, Her success on the course inspired an exemption from the LPGA to allow a player younger than 18 to compete on its tour full time. That exemption was passed in late October. Ko won her first tournament just over a month later.
Brett Favre on state prep football title: ‘I can’t say it’s like a Super Bowl, but it’s pretty close’Cameron Smith at Prep Rally1 day ago
NFL legend Brett Favre is a champion again, and he says that it feels almost as good as winning the Super Bowl.
Interviewed after the Oak Grove (Miss.) High football team won the first state title in school history, the team’s offensive coordinator said the Warriors’ Class 6A crown was almost as satisfying an accomplishment as the Super Bowl XXXI title he won while playing quarterback for Green Bay.
"I can't say it's like a Super Bowl, but it's pretty close," Favre, sporting a Grizzly Adams-style playoff beard, told the Associated Press. "It really is. It's a different type of feeling, but I couldn't be more proud of these guys."
- Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally4 days ago
Two years ago, Jonathan Barnes couldn't even make a layup, let alone dunk, and now he's a 6-foot-10, 250-pound beast headed to a Division I men's basketball program.
As a home-schooled freshman in 2010, Barnes stood just 5 feet, 8 inches, according to a fantastic feature by Denver Post prep guru Neil Devlin. By his sophomore year, he sprouted 11 inches and started shooting baskets at a local recreation center. That's where Parker (Colo.) Ponderosa High coach Mike Gibbs discovered his future starting center.
"I was big, but my footwork was atrocious," the 17-year-old Barnes told The Denver Post. "I didn't have confidence. I couldn't even make layups."
Even when he stood under 6 feet, Barnes always wanted to play basketball, but a series of serious illnesses to his family prevented him from taking up the sport in an organized fashion until that sophomore season, according to the feature.
- Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally4 days ago
Three Farmington (Ill.) High senior girls basketball players appear to be suspended for at least two games for flashing an obscene hand gesture in their senior photo (h/t Barstool Sports). For anyone unfamiliar with the term "shocker," beware of NSFW search returns.
Farmington senior point guard Jessica Settles addressed the matter on Twitter, first tweeting, "Farmington's administration shocked us," followed by a hashtag that included the phrase "f--- Farmington." When a basketball player from a neighboring town responded, asking what happened, Settles tweeted, "suspended two games for shocking 'em in our team and senior picture," accompanied by an "LOL" and a copy of the picture.
Surely, the administration isn't pleased with the social media firestorm that has ensued.