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4 hours ago, Sirhornsalot said:

Great story

 

Texas had another Ivory Coast born DE a few years back.  Once I hear his name I will of course remember him.  He was a high star guy, don’t think he played up to his recruiting rankings though.  Anyone?

edit: Reggie Wilson?

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1 hour ago, Sirhornsalot said:

I'm hearing Zach Evans got into it again with some players and then a coach during practice. The HC there tacked on another one game suspension and then Evans quite the team.

 

No problem, the Patriots will sign him to a one year incentive laden contract.  Hate the Patriots.

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1 hour ago, Sirhornsalot said:

I'm hearing Zach Evans got into it again with some players and then a coach during practice. The HC there tacked on another one game suspension and then Evans quite the team.

 

So he was suspended, then kicked off the team and now he quit the team he was kicked off of? I can’t keep up. 

I heard he didn’t quit and so all of the other players quit and then all of the coaches quit. Then all of the players and coaches that quit started a new team and Evans asked if he could play on the new team and they said no. So Evans is still on the team but there are not any other players on his team and he doesn’t have any coaches. 

They say he really likes everyone on the team now and rarely has any incidents. Maybe he’s discovered a way to play for his teammates and do what’s best for himself at the same time.

It’s the elusive win win scenario. I’m happy for the kid. 

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Salpointe star Bijan Robinson talks about his career-best night, the open division and losing Dennis Bene

 
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Salpointe’s Bijan Robinson rushed for a school-record 430 yards in last week’s win. The senior has 5,342 career rushing yards and is 537 yards from breaking the Class 4A record.

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Goodyear Desert Edge is currently rated as the fourth-best Class 4A team in the state.

Bijan Robinson is better.

Salpointe Catholic’s senior running back rushed for a school-record 430 yards and six touchdowns on 13 carries last week as the Lancers beat Desert Edge 68-34. Both single-game records were previously held by, well, Robinson from last season.

 

Just two games into the 2019 season, the Texas-bound back is creeping up on state records for running backs. Robinson needs just 360 yards to surpass former Canyon del Oro standout Ka’Deem Carey for career yards, and 537 to become Class 4A’s all-time leading rusher. Arizona’s all-time career rushing yards leader, for all divisions, is former Phoenix Northwest Christian running back Casey Jahn. Robinson is 2,202 yards away from tying Jahn’s record.

Robinson is the Star’s high school player of the week. He joined the Star’s Justin Spears on ESPN Tucson earlier this week to talk about the win and where the Lancers stand heading into a bye week:

How were you able to rush for 430 yards and six touchdowns against a solid Desert Edge team?

A: “The gift that God has given me, it really does show, but the biggest part to that game was the (offensive) line. They were creating holes and I made things happen when they created space at the second level. With what the defense was giving us, we found out their scheme pretty early as you can see by the result, it went pretty good. … This is the strongest we’ve been in the three years that I’ve been here. We know what it takes to get to a championship. We know we have to do good and make it. Our senior class, we just have to keep the young guys going, and it’s looking pretty good right now.”

 
 
 
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Was the win over Desert Edge a message to the state?

 

A: “It definitely was. That’s what we wanted the state to see. We’re not playing this year. I know we lost the last three years to the same team, but now there’s The open division, and we’re trying to let the state know we’re coming and we’re not messing around. Coming into the Desert Edge game, we were fully prepared and they had some Division I athletes, but that didn’t really phase us. We just went out there and produced.”

Now that the Lancers are 2-0, what’s the state of Salpointe Catholic football?

A: “I’m liking things a lot. We have a lot to learn. I’m not saying we’re the best team out there. We’re just trying to keep growing as a team. Team chemistry is a big part in what we do. … The conditioning pays off. That was a big reason why we won the Desert Edge game. We were so much more conditioned than they were.”

Your coach, Dennis Bene, announced that he will retire after this season. When you’re no longer a Lancer, how will look back on the man who coached you in high school?

A: “He was the reason why I went to Salpointe. I wasn’t sure where I was gonna go to high school. Just him as a person and how he represents himself. … When you get to talk to him, you know he’s a real dude. He’ll help you through life, through football, through whatever you need. During recruiting, I wanted to see how college coaches were like him. How he is as a person and as a coach, he’ll be hard on you sometimes, but it’s tough love. And he’ll make sure to give you a hug before you leave the field. I can call him as another father to me, because of what he’s taught me over the years. He’s a big part of Salpointe and my life.”

https://tucson.com/sports/highschool/salpointe-star-bijan-robinson-talks-about-his-career-best-night/article_4a194dca-fae5-520a-8143-86e57be575ed.html

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Robinson off to a record-setting senior season

 

TUCSON – Salpointe Catholic running back Bijan Robinson is our third Tucson Roadrunners High School Football Player of the Week for 2019.

The senior ran for 430 yards on 13 carries last Friday night in a 61-34 Lancers win over Goodyear Desert Edge.

It was the best performance of Robinson’s four-year prep career. He finished with six touchdowns.

Robinson, who is committed to play college football at the University of Texas, may always find himself compared to the last great rusher to come out of Southern Arizona, Ka’deem Carey.

The senior surpassed the mark of Carey’s best game by three yards and will likely crush the career prep stats of UA’s all-time leading rusher.

Robinson is currently sitting at 5,342 yards after two games of his senior season. Carey finished his four-year varsity run at Canyon del Oro with 5,701 yards.

The career-best single-game performances of these two players are ironically similar.

Carey as a junior against Glendale Apollo ran for 427 yards and six touchdowns but needed 28 carries to accomplish the feat versus Robinson’s 13.

The Dorado great finished his prep career with 87 total touchdowns. Robinson has 83.

The Lancers are off this week due to a scheduling conflict that cost them their game against El Paso Del Valle.

Robinson is likely to break what is considered to be the state rushing record for Conference 4A. Tolleson’s Marcus Thomas (’00-’02) ran for 5,878 yards in three seasons. That also stands as the most career yards in a big school (4A-6A) rushing career.

Thomas was once committed to UA before playing at UTEP and appearing briefly in the NFL with the Detroit Lions.

The all-time state record is 7,544 by Northwest Christian’s Casey Jahn (’08-’11).

If the Lancers were to advance to the state championship game, Robinson would have to average over 200 yards per game, over his final 11 games, to catch that mark.

 

 

 

https://kvoa.com/sports/2019/09/10/robinson-off-to-a-record-setting-senior-season/

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On 9/10/2019 at 6:36 PM, RickyFlair said:

So he was suspended, then kicked off the team and now he quit the team he was kicked off of? I can’t keep up. 

I heard he didn’t quit and so all of the other players quit and then all of the coaches quit. Then all of the players and coaches that quit started a new team and Evans asked if he could play on the new team and they said no. So Evans is still on the team but there are not any other players on his team and he doesn’t have any coaches. 

They say he really likes everyone on the team now and rarely has any incidents. Maybe he’s discovered a way to play for his teammates and do what’s best for himself at the same time.

It’s the elusive win win scenario. I’m happy for the kid. 

Now that's funny right there, I don't care who you are !!

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On 9/12/2019 at 8:02 PM, primal defense said:

I saw Bijan's first game and they are considered 4A in Arizona. I would guess 3A in Texas.

Salpointe has 1,125 students. They would be a large 4A in Texas (cutoff is 1,149). The team they played has 1,764 students. 

 

On 9/12/2019 at 8:02 PM, primal defense said:

I saw Bijan's first game and they are considered 4A in Arizona. I would guess 3A in Texas.

 

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I would think that we would have an interest in a five star DL.

 

Antonio Alfano, the top-ranked player in Alabama's 2019 recruiting class, enters the transfer portal

 

The transfer portal has another resident, and this one has five stars attached to his name. Alabama defensive lineman Antonio Alfano, the No. 5 overall player and top-ranked player in Alabama's 2019 recruiting class, intends to transfer from the university, according to tweets from his father, Frankie-Hilda Alfano.

"Antonio's grandmother recently fell very ill and is still fighting on life support," he wrote. "He is very close with her. Since this illness took effect, Antonio has taken it very hard. He has not attended classes and practices."

This comes just two days after coach Nick Saban said that Alfano was going "through some discipline issues" and that he "kind of disappeared for a little bit." Despite the unknown discipline issue, Alabama has been cooperating with the Alfanos through the process and there's a chance that he exits the transfer portal to return to the Crimson Tide.

"The University of Alabama has been extremely supportive and I couldn't ask for better support from them," Frankie-Hilda Alfano wrote. "Yesterday, Antonio asked to be placed in the transfer portal to see what his options are. Although he's in the transfer portal, he still can decide to remain at the University of Alabama. My opinion is that Antonio should stay at the University of Alabama. However he's an adult and it's his decision. Antonio knows that his family has & will always be there for him."

 
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The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder from Colonia, New Jersey, was highly sought after coming out of high school, and has what it takes to be a star in college footballaccording to 247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn.

"Potential to be a very athletic-framed 300-pounder on the next level. Plays with good leverage with an explosive first step. Has violent hands and aggressive mentality. Has the temperament you want on the defensive line. Highly competitive. Physical tackler through the ball carrier. Possesses elite edge athleticism and freakish combine testing numbers. Also has versatility and strength to play inside. Sheds blocks and attacks double teams effectively. Pursuit speed is rare but effort needs to be more consistent on plays away from him. Upper tier Power 5 multi-year starter with first- or second-round potential."

If Alfano stays in the portal, there will be plenty of schools that would love to secure his services for the next three or four years.

 

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/antonio-alfano-the-top-ranked-player-in-alabamas-2019-recruiting-class-enters-the-transfer-portal/

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The other noteworthy news from this game is North Shore running back Zach Evans sitting out for a second straight game. He was on the sidelines, however, in support of his teammates. The senior did not play in last week's win over Ridge Point due to disciplinary issues. His return date is unknown.

https://www.chron.com/sports/highschool/article/Friday-night-highlights-North-Shore-rallies-past-14439373.php

 

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Commitment 101: Three-star running back Ty Jordan is a versatile weapon

Posted September 15th, 2019

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Mike Craven Hookem.com staff

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The Longhorns added an all-purpose back to the 2020 recruiting class on Sunday night when three-star West Mesquite product Ty Jordan became Texas’ 19th commitment of the cycle. Tom Herman’s program is inching towards another top-10 class after a slow start. The Longhorns currently hold the Big 12’s top recruiting class. Jordan held 25 offers and picked Texas over strong pitches from USC and Tennessee. 

 

Texas plans to couple Jordan with five-star running back commit Bijan Robinson. While Robinson is a three-down option with the size to carry a heavy workload, Jordan is a scat-back with the potential to play running back, slot receiver, and in the return game. Jordan is a two-time all-district selection. 

Jordan rushed for 1,236 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, adding 169 yards and two touchdowns on 14 receptions. He’s the No. 11-ranked all-purpose back in the nation and a top-60 prospect in Texas, per 247Sports composite rankings. 

Skill set: Jordan is a modern offensive weapon not defined by position. He’ll play all over the field for Texas. Jordan is a potential third-down specialist at running back with the ability to play slot receiver, threaten defenses on jet-sweeps, and contribute in the return game on special teams. The three-star considers his versatility the strength of his game. 

“The one-dimensional back that just runs isn’t valued anymore,” said Jordan at the Under Armour camp in Dallas during the spring. “Coaches want backs who are dynamic and are three-dimensional with running, blocking and receiving. It’s a mismatch for a defense. I can go out in the slot and we don’t need to change personnel and that’s an advantage against defenses.”

He’s not big enough to handle every-down running back duties at 5-9, 181 pounds, but he doesn’t need to be in order to fulfill his future role in Austin. Jordan is the type of playmaker Texas missed out on in Mookie Cooper and Ronald Moore. The Longhorns hope he can bring that type of excitement to the offense. He’s the type of player who can create big plays for an offense that lacked those in 2018. 

Immediate impact: Jordan should provide Texas an immediate option on special teams and are certain offensive packages. Don’t expect him to enroll on campus and compete for a spot in the two-deep with the likes of Keaontay Ingram, Jordan Whittington, and potentially Derrian Brown. That’s not mentioning Robinson arriving in the same class. That doesn’t mean he can’t carve out a role with a limited number of plays, especially with the new rule allowing participation in four games without losing eligibility. 

Fitting into the program: The next step for Texas’ offense is the big play. The Longhorns hope to address that issue on the recruiting trail and Jordan is another swiss-army knife type weapon for Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck to slowly work into Texas’ offense. Jordan’s work ethic and a love for the game should translate well into Herman’s blue-collar program. 

Recruiting at the position: Texas’ coaching staff, specifically running back coach Stan Drayton, needed a big year recruiting the position in the 2020 cycle. Drayton overachieved by landing Robinson and Jordan, a duo built for Texas’ future offensive plans. The Longhorns couldn’t have done better considering in-state five-stars Jase McClellan and Zachary Evans didn’t join the class. Instead of fans talking about the in-state misses, the duo of Robinson and Jordan give Texas building blocks for the future. 

Texas' 2020 recruiting class

A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
PLAYER POS. SCHOOL STARS COMMITMENT DATE
Hudson Card QB Lake Travis 4 May 25 (2018)
Logan Parr OG San Antonio O'Connor 4 Oct. 28 (2018)
Jake Majors OG Prosper 4 Jan. 24
Jaylen Garth OT Port Neches-Groves 4 Feb. 17
Jaden Hullaby ATH Bishop Dunne 3 March 30
Ja'Quinden Jackson QB/ATH Duncanville 4 June 3
Kitan Crawford CB John Tyler 4 June 21
Prince Dorbah OLB Highland Park 4 July 9
Vernon Broughton DT Cy Ridge 4 July 17
Van Fillinger DE Canyon Court (Utah) 3 July 18
Andrej Karic OT Southlake Carroll 3 July 24
Bijan Robinson RB Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.) 5 Aug. 2
Ethan Pouncey CB Winter Park (Fla.) 4 Aug. 6
Jerrin Thompson S Lufkin 4 Aug. 11
Princely Umanmielen DE Manor 4 Aug. 12
Xavion Alford S Alvin Shadow Creek 4 Aug. 16
Quentin Johnston WR Temple 4 Aug. 17
Joshua Eaton CB Aldine Macarthur 4 Aug. 23
Ty Jordan RB West Mesquite 3 Sept. 15

https://www.hookem.com/story/commitment-101-three-star-running-back-ty-jordan-versatile-weapon/

 

 

 

 

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