Blogs and message boards have been heating up recently as college
football recruiting for the 2010 class begins to head down the home
stretch for some of the top football players in Southwest Ohio this
week. In regards to the 2011 class, Huber Heights Wayne QB Braxton Miller is rolling, litterally, with an offer from National Champion Alabama. Florida has also entered the mix.
Blogs and message boards have been heating up recently as college football recruiting for the 2010 class begins to head down the home stretch for some of the top football players in Southwest Ohio this week.
As of this past weekend, several players were still evaluating their options, including West Chester Lakota West senior linebacker Jordan Hicks and Cincinnati St. Xavier senior offensive lineman Matt James.
Hicks, rated the nation’s No. 4 player overall in the 2010 class by ESPNU, has narrowed his choices to Ohio State, Texas and Florida.. However, it is not known when Hicks will decide. Cincinnati.com reported Lakota West coach Larry Cox has jokingly told Hicks to say he is going to the “Texas State Gators,” a combination of the three schools.
James, who has said he could announce near the Feb. 3 signing date, narrowed his choices to three schools – Ohio State, Notre Dame and Cincinnati – on Thursday. James is no longer considering the University of Florida.
James was scheduled to take an official visit to Cincinnati this past weekend. James is expected to take an official visit to Notre Dame this upcoming weekend.
Meanwhile, Ohio State continues to pursue a third top Cincinnati-area player in Winton Woods senior quarterback Dominique Brown.
Brown, who led Winton Woods to a Division II state title last season, orally committed to Cincinnati last summer.
Brown has considered his options since the Bearcats coaching change in December. Ohio State officially offered Brown last Thursday, according to Cincinnati.com.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jessika Denny, Harrison girls’ bowling: The senior had a 428 series in two games of the Wildcats’ win over Loveland last week. Harrison won 2,071 to 1,849. Denny bowled a team-high 428 (214 each game) for Harrison. Her season high for a single game is 238. She was third in scoring average in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference at the end of last week with a 183.2 average. Harrison (8-2 overall and 5-0 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division) plays at Glen Este at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Harrison then plays Winton Woods Wednesday and Glen Este on Thursday.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Ursuline Academy girls’ basketball team: The Lions won their 10th consecutive game with a 51-41 win over Kings Mills Kings last Thursday. Ursuline (11-1, 4-1 Girls Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division) have only lost to reigning state champion Mount Notre Dame 50-47 on Dec. 3. It’s been quite a turnaround for Ursuline, which has been known recently as a state volleyball power. The Lions won the Division I state volleyball title last fall. In basketball, Ursuline was 12-10 last season and 8-14 in the 2007-08 season. This season, Ursuline is led by senior forward Desirae Ball (Saint Louis commit), who is averaging 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals. Senior forward Murphy Oneill averages 10.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. Ursuline next plays at Lakota East at 7:30 p.m. today (Tuesday).
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
St. Xavier, Mason win Southwest Ohio Swimming and Diving Classic: St. Xavier won the boys’ team event and Mason won the girls’ team event this past weekend.
Miller adds offers: Huber Heights Wayne junior quarterback Braxton Miller – one of the nation’s top recruits in the 2011 class – recently added offer from Alabama and Notre Dame. Florida has also offered recently.
Hendrix remains committed to Notre Dame: Archbishop Moeller senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix renewed his oral commitment to Notre Dame last week. Hendrix had also considered a scholarship offer from Florida. Hendrix initially made an oral commitment to the Irish last summer when Charlie Weis was the Notre Dame coach.
Minnesota offers Hayes: Archbishop Moeller junior defensive lineman Jesse Hayes was offered by Minnesota recently. He also has offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Indiana and Wisconsin.
Dunbar defeats Whitney Young: The Dayton Dunbar boys’ basketball team defeated Whitney Young 98-76 this past weekend in the Flyin’ to the Hoop event in Kettering. Whitney Young (Chicago) was ranked No. 16 nationally by USA Today.
Caudill is honored: West Chest Lakota West junior Alex Caudill was twice selected as the game MVP at the 18th annual Queen of Diamonds Showcase North held at Kent State University last weekend. Caudill was among the 48 pitchers selected from a pool of more than 800 pitchers that applied from 33 states and Canada.
Louisville offers Lloyd: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior punter John Lloyd has been offered a full scholarship from Louisville, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Lloyd was Division V first-team all-state this past season.
Safety to make visits: Winton Woods senior safety Avery Cunningham will visit Memphis and Illinois State, according to Cincinnati.com.
Miamisburg at Fairmont girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Two of the top teams in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. Fairmont is 11-1 overall and 5-0 in the GWOC Central going into last weekend. Miamisburg is 8-3, 3-1 in the South division. Miamisburg senior guard Chelsea LaPorte leads the GWOC by averaging 19.4 points.
Beavercreek at Huber Heights Wayne, boys’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Wayne won its first eight of nine games and wants to have solid momentum going into Saturday’s game vs. Massillon Jackson at Ohio State University.
James Horning Invitational, Saturday at Mason Middle School Arena: Several of the area’s top wrestling teams will compete in the sixth annual event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. The finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Schools will include Beavercreek, Centerville, Greenville, Kettering Fairmont, Lakota West, Mason, Milford and several others.