GARDENA, Calif. -- Being the league player of the year as a sophomore at the high school level is impressive. Doing so as a quarterback in one of the toughest leagues in Southern California makes it that much more noteworthy.
For 2014 quarterback Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif./Serra), that honor appears to be the first of many accolades to come.
With early interest from schools like Oregon, Nebraska, Northwestern, UCLA, Arizona State and others, it is obvious he is a special talent.
Very few weeks have left a lasting impression like the last seven days for Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle Institute).
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle picked up three more offers out of the Big Ten, leaving only Minnesota, Wisconsin -- both have shown interest -- Nebraska and Penn State on the outside looking in.
But that wasn’t the high point of the week for Jones, who visited Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights after picking up an offer from the school on June 10.
After a complete review of the police reports, supplemental narratives from officers, witness statements and about a 30-minute police cruiser video, Alliance City Law Director Andrew Zumbar has authorized the filing of disorderly conduct and a seat belt violation charges against Ohio State freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn and his passenger. He will not face drug charges.
Dunn was stopped late Saturday night in Alliance driving a 2001 Dodge Stratus that is registered to his mother, Donna Hatcher. Police found a minute amount of marijuana in the car as well as a marijuana pipe.
“Based upon the content of all the evidence reviewed, I made the decision to authorize the minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct instead of the drug possession because throughout the entire (traffic) stop Bri’onte Dunn is consistent and denies the paraphernalia and the small amount marijuana are his,” Zumbar said. “The paraphernalia was not found on him.”
McKensey Cross, who was the passenger with Dunn, will receive the same charges as Dunn. Cross is a freshman soccer player at Urbana University. They are both GlenOak High School graduates. Dunn will also be charged for a tail light violation.
Zumbar reviewed the reports and video with Alliance Police Chief Scott Griffith. The charges will be filed Wednesday when the investigating officer returns to Alliance.
“His statement is consistent that he denies possession of the objects,” Zumbar said. “He was polite during the entire stop. Otherwise his demeanor was unremarkable in terms of his conduct.”
The law director has the final determination on what charges to file. Dunn’s mother, Donna, arrived at the scene of the traffic stop, Zumbar said, and said the minute amount of marijuana was present in the vehicle previous to Dunn using it.
Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) wanted to hit the books one last time before the high school football season started.
What he learned in Ohio State history last week might help make him a future Buckeye.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound inside linebacker has a top two in Ohio State and Georgia, that’s not news. What is news is how much the Buckeyes remain with him as he gets ready to lace it up for his junior season.
Orlando Evans High wide receiver and Florida State commit Tony Stevens is exploring his options.
Stevens (6-3, 175) — ranked No. 10 on the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60 list — doesn’t seem as committed to the Seminoles now as when he first pledged to them in February.
“I’d say like a medium,” said Stevens, who scored two touchdowns Sunday in the championship game of the Gridion Kings 7-on-7 tournament as the Southest rolled past the Midwest squad 47-19. “They still talk to me, it’s been the same kind of contact.”
Although he’s still committed, Stevens is intent on visiting other schools in the next several months.
“Ohio State, USF and South Carolina have been contacting me, so I’m going to go ahead and take some visits up there,” Stevens said.
All three teams have extended scholarship offers to Stevens.
USF has commitments from two of Stevens’ teammates from the Orlando-based all-star 7-on-7 team Top Recruits Now in Winter Park quarterback Asiantii Woulard and DeLand running back JoJo Kemp.
Ohio State is appealing to Stevens because of head coach Urban Meyer.
“I like Urban Meyer,” Stevens said.
Stevens is the poster child of the reclamation project at Evans, a program that had fallen on hard times. The Trojans were revitalized this past season by head coach Chip Gierke and made the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Stevens is a dynamic playmaker, especially on vertical routes down the field. He had 781 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 37 receptions during the Trojans 9-2 season.
Evans linebacker Ro’Derrick Hoskins is also committed to FSU.
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