- Gators lead for Gainesville HS 2014 RB Tony James, even though he's more of a Canes fan. Likes FSU too
Scout $ - Baugh enjoys visit to Ohio State '13 CA TE Marcus Baugh
- By Biggins....Loved his visit & didn't want to go home. Expects the 2012 Buckeyes to be very good & plans on taking an official for The Game. Will not visit any other school.
BN $ - Touted WR Wants To Visit Ohio State '14 LA ATH Devante "Speedy" Noil
- By BK...camped at Alabama, LSU, Florida, Texas, Florida State and TCU and picked up offers from all, as well as OSU and Auburn...wanted to camp at OSU but couldn't make it but still wants to visit the campus.
Scout $ - Gators Lead For 2014 RB '14 FL RB Tony James
- By Amy Campbell.....Offers from Florida, Miami, Ohio State, UCLA, Georgia Tech, and UCF. Hoping for offers from Alabama, LSU, and FSU in the future. UF leads due to it's location, he likes how he can hop in his car and go visit the coaches and players. James also loves Miami, camped there last year and enjoyed his time, but probably won't make it back until his official visit. Biggest factor in decision will be the coaches integrity.
Price to pace Fitch (trib today)
Austintown Fitch senior Billy Price doesn't hesitate when asked to describe the moment his high school career changed for the better.
The date was Sept. 17, 2010, the fourth week of Price's sophomore season. The Falcons rallied to beat Canton McKinley 24-21 in a game that garnered statewide attention.
However, Price doesn't immediately reflect on the victory, or the hype which surrounded the outcome.
Instead, he flashed back to the first five plays of the game. He was a young offensive lineman lining up against Se'Von Pittman and Steve Miller, a pair of defensive linemen who are now playing at Ohio State.
"They were kicking my butt. They were teaching me a thing or two," Price recalled. "I remember thinking to myself, 'I better step it up right now if I expect to be as good as I want to be.' I kind of gathered myself, and I thought I held my own the rest of the night.
"Those couple of plays, in a way they were the turning point of my football career."
Needless to say, Price (6-foot-4, 310 pounds) did indeed step things up. By the end of his sophomore year, he established himself as one of the area's top two-way linemen. As a junior, Price was a defensive All State first-team selection.
Last winter, he verbally committed to Ohio State, choosing the Buckeyes over the likes of UCLA, Notre Dame, SMU, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Nebraska, Michigan State, Michigan and Arizona. He expects to be used as a defensive tackle at OSU.
"During my sophomore year, coach (Phil) Annarella told me that if I worked really hard and stayed focused, I could play Division I," Price said. "I did everything I could to make it happen, but I don't think it really sunk in until I was a junior and all the recruiters started showing up That's when I knew it was serious."
Annarella, who has coached his share of Division I prospects over the years, never doubted Price's potential. Annarella calls his standout "a physical specimen who is unbelievably athletic for his size." The coach noted that Price's ability to play any position on both the offensive and defensive line was especially attractive to recruiters.
Beyond his physical skills, Annarella says that Price "is the entire package" as both a student and teammate.
"He's extremely intelligent, both in the classroom and on the football field. He is a student of the game," Annarella said. "And he is a great leader. He has the respect of his teammates. He truly leads by example."
Price, who also excels in track and field as a thrower, owns a grade point average of above 3.5. He plans to major in the business field. And while a future with the Buckeyes is less than a year away, Price is quick to note that right now his only concern is "to take care of unfinished business" with his Fitch teammates.
Following a 10-2 season in 2010 which saw Fitch win a Federal League title and advance to the second round of the playoffs, the Falcons stumbled through a 6-4 campaign last fall. The finish didn't sit well with Price.
"I love everything about playing at Fitch, my coaches, my teammates ... everything," Price said. "I want to do everything in my power to make this a memorable year.
"Our schedule is tough, but I think we're up for the challenge. We have to take one game at a time, stay focused, and at the end of the year I believe we'll reach our goal of making the playoffs."
Fitch opens its season Aug. 24 when it hosts Warren G. Harding.
Triple Option: OU makes play for Mitchell (espn sooner nation)
Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.
1. Better late than never, right? That’s the sentiment for OU fans regarding the Sooners' pursuit of Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian’s ESPN 150 linebacker Mike Mitchell. The four-star prospect visited campus last weekend. OU is in the mix but there are still other very viable contenders out there such as Ohio State, TCU and Florida State. OU entering the game late isn’t the ideal situation, but Norman being so close to Plano should help as things move forward. Mitchell dominated at every camp he went to during the summer.
2. No commit had a busier summer than Colleyville (Texas) Heritage quarterback Cody Thomas, who attempted to pull serious double duty with football and baseball. Monday started two-a-days in Texas and is allowing Thomas to focus 100 percent on football. He wasn’t always sharp this summer playing football and saw his stock drop from No. 93 in the ESPN 150 to being a three-star prospect. A great senior season, though, will wipe away all the uneven feelings some had regarding Thomas following a shaky Elite 11 finals performance.
WR Camp Watch: Artavis Scott, '14 group (espn buckeye nation)
With 54 catches and over 1,100 yards receiving as a sophomore, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake wide receiver Artavis Scott was among the top performing Class of 2014 prospects in the state last season.
Now the 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior is looking for an encore and comes into the 2012 season training camp with tons of momentum after a productive offseason.
Scott took part in several offseason events including Florida State's camp, Friday Night Lights at Florida, UCF's team camp, Al Golden's camp at Miami and most recently the Barbecue at the Big House during a tour of schools that included Ohio State and Notre Dame.