The Hurry Up: Paris Johnson Jr., Darrion Henry Talk Ohio State Commitments, Princeton Senior Seasons

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Major H's picture

“Once I told them that I was early-enrolling, there was pretty much no conversation between me and the coaches at that point,” Johnson said about St. Xavier. “I wasn’t able to lift with the team after that point.

Is there a lot of animosity / rivalry between the schools, St. Xavier and Princeton?  I can see them having different graduation requirements, but why the coaches turned their backs on him after coaching him for three years is puzzling, and not very professional, IMO.

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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toad1204's picture

When people in Cincy ask where you went to school they mean high school.  It’s a weirdly a huge thing.    

The offseason is the longest season.

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NativeSon's picture

There used to be a rivalry between Princeton and Moeller, but not so much between Princeton and St X other than the general public school vs GCL school animosity that can exist. 

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RaleighBuckeye's picture

Elder and moeller used to dominate long time ago

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NativeSon's picture

I had a professor at UC that was an Elder grad and he had a guest speaker come in that happened to be a Moeller grad and they were giving each other shit about their respective high schools despite being 30+ years removed from them. GCL rivalries run deep I guess. 

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kmp10's picture

Why do you consider the staff not permitting Johnson to participate in team activities (winter lifting) to be unprofessional? Why would the St. X staff be obligated to continue 'coaching/training/developing/preparing' Johnson for his senior season at Princeton? St. X is an exceptionally strong academic high school, whereas Princeton most certainly is not, and from the staff's perspective, they spent three years developing Johnson and then he decided to leave, which is fine from the outside looking in as he wants to enroll early and that apparently isn't possible at X, but as I see it the St. Xavier football staff certainly has no obligation to help Paris Johnson prep/train for his senior season at Cincinnati Princeton... just as Johnson has no obligation to stay for his senior season despite being well aware of the graduation requirements for the past there years.

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

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Dubs's picture

Ik this has some downvotes, but you’re right. He just left the program after being developed somewhat there, why would they keep developing him if he left them.

Dubs

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luckynutz's picture

From how I read, it sounded like they froze him out when he told them he was early enrolling at Ohio State. Which made the decision for him to transfer easier. That's just how I took it though.

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Major H's picture

I really didn't catch any kind of a time line there, but if he was no longer a student at the school, then not being allowed to lift is understandable. I was reading it like they gave him the cold shoulder.

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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7thLetter's picture

I played sports (football, wrestling, track) against Princeton throughout junior high and high school  and they are a different breed. Every wrestling or track meet you could tell who went to Princeton without looking at their uniform. They were jacked even in junior high. 

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Princeton High School put on its media day on Pat Mencuso Mancuso Field on Monday in Cincinnati

Most Catholic schools don't let seniors graduate early; a reasonable assumption is that it would be due to losing the tuition revenue spring semester would bring in. Especially a college prep school like St. X--those kids are above the norm and half the senior class could probably qualify to graduate in December if they were allowed. Making an exception for Johnson would likely set a precedent the school couldn't afford.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Major H's picture

That makes cents sense. Thanks for the explanation.  

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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joeb69's picture

That's no where near the case, I went to Roger Bacon and the issue is you have to have 4 religion credits to graduate, there's absolutely no way around it, I get he wants to enroll early at Ohio State but he knew this going in so to act like it's a shock surprises me

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iowabuckeyes's picture

And you can't get that fourth religion credit any other time than spring semester of your senior year? Eight high school semesters and that's required to take in the spring? Or are those really 1/2 credits--one per semester all four years?

Also, notice I said "most Catholic schools" and in no way did I limit my remarks to Ohio, much less Cincinnati. There are Catholic schools that allow kids to graduate in December--Tate Martell (Las Vegas Bishop Gorman) was an early enrollee in 2017, Dallas Gant (Toledo St. John's) was an early enrollee in 2018, and Jameson Williams (St. Louis Cardinal Ritter) was an early enrollee this year.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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NativeSon's picture

Iirc Tater also had to transfer to another school to graduate early. 

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sharks's picture

St. Ed's alum here: kids that are in a position to enroll early for football aren't paying tuition in HS.

Also:

"Princeton High School put on its media day on Pat Mencuso Field on Monday in Cincinnati..."

That line makes me feel ill for some reason.

A man got to have a code...

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Whether they're paying tuition or on a merit scholarship is irrelevant. Schools can't make those kinds of exceptions.

And I can assure you there are plenty of FBS-level football players going to parochial schools whose parents are paying the full freight. 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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sharks's picture

4* and 5* football (and basketball) players don't pay tuition, whether they're 4.0 students like Johnson or functionally illiterate.

A man got to have a code...

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HiFiver25's picture

Still not a peep on running back recruiting. Pretty disappointing.

Bdutta

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Triv's picture

It's a dead period... only thing the coaches are allowed to do is write and call, and nobody is allowed to visit. Relax.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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shawn kemps kids's picture

“Once he gets into the weight room, he might be able to get back to bullying people, but that’s not going to work against me,” Johnson said. “In practice against me, the only reps where he’s done good was when he needed to go back to finessing, knocking down the hands, moving his hips, because when he tries to run into me, I just sink down and the rep is over or I drive him all the way back outside. There was one time he got me because he had to fake his hands and all that, so he has to go back to that. It’s great that he learns that before he gets to Ohio State.

This was really cool to read from a HS senior. Sounds like a seasoned coach. 

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falloutboy89's picture

 “I remember at La Salle, I just threw them over with one hand.”

Agghhh.... Still making digs at my Alma Mater. What a jerk... lol.

Yes - Cincinnati (high) schools, especially within the GCL are very competitive and that lasts long after graduation. Even within the same family. I know this from personal experience... haha! Go Bucks!

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