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Football Recruiting - The Insiders High School All America Team

1st Team Offense
Name Pos School College(s)
Kyle Wright QB Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista Committed to Miami
Demetris Summers RB Lexington (S.C.) South Carolina leads Clemson, Florida, FSU, Tennessee
Kregg Lumpkin RB Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson Committed to Georgia
Whitney Lewis WR Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure FSU, Miami, Oregon, Texas, USC

The All Metro Team

The Tri-State area's top high school football players were honored at the 16th Annual Heisman All-Star Breakfastheld atthe Yale Club Monday, December 16:

Greg Olsen
Sr., TE/DE, 6-6 245
Wayne Hills H.S., NJ

Olsen led the Patriots to the school's first-ever section championship. A repeat Heisman All-Star, Olsen is one of three players up for the national Gatorade Player of the Year Award and he has narrowed his college choices down to Notre Dame, Tennessee, Miami and Michigan.

John Sullivan
Sr., C/NG, 6-3 282
Greenwich H.S., CT

Sullivan is another repeat Heisman All-Star. This "A" student is the most recruited center in America this season. A three-time All-State stud, Sullivan has narrowed his choices to Notre Dame, Boston College, Maryland and Miami.

Nigel Morris
Sr., RB/DB, 6-0 170
Nyack H.S., NY

Morris led his team to a 32-2 record as a three-year starter. He scored 23 TDs, four on INT returns. He set a school record with 31 career INTs and scored 185 career points – 2nd highest in Rockland County history.

And some Florida recruiting notes from the Palm Beach Post's All South Florida Team

Mike Brown
Palm Beach Gardens, senior, 6-3, 215
   Brown had 85 tackles, five sacks and one interception. He has a
combination of great strength and quickness and is considered one of the
top prospects in the area. He plans to visit Va. Tech, Rutgers,
Michigan, Boston College and N. C. State.

James Lee
Glades Central, senior, 6-5, 270
   Few defensive linemen got past Lee, who allowed only one sack this
season. He also was a good defensive lineman and recorded 25 tackles and
two sacks. He's already received scholarship offers from Georgia, Ohio
State and Rutgers and plans to visit Florida.


Basketball - Sir Scarlet had these notes on the game

 was at the game on Sat night. Here are a few tidbits on the game. In all the years I have watched RU, this was one of the most boring games I have ever seen. This can be attributed to RU's energy level, DSU's gameplan (they were running down the clock on virtually every possession, and our lack of an offensive gameplan (see below.). Here is a brief summary.:

- As alluded to above, RU was very lethargic. While we brought the energy early on (on D anyway) the team look very disinterested out there. It showed on the scoreboard as we threw up brick after brick. Several easy jumpers and lay-ups were missed and there was enough blame to go around. I guess the lack of energy can be a bit expected – it was during the break so I am sure many of the guys were a bit homesick and the RAC was dead (there were some students, but for the most part, they were pretty quiet). Suffice to say the team wasn't going to get a lift from the crowd.

- Not to single him out, but Sherrod still can't finish the fast break. It absolutely kills him to pass the ball on a 2 on 1 or even 3 on 1. He hangs onto the ball way to long and should take some pointers from Wiggan who played meaningful minutes at the point. IMO, Wiggan had an excellent game. He moved the ball around, got some tough rebounds and handled the ball as well as I have seen him in the past. Granted, we didn't exactly play a top notch team, but it was a positive improvement to take away.

- I haven't read any of the articles yet but I am sure this has been covered ad nauseum in the papers, but Coleman had his worst game at so far at RU. There has to be something wrong with him - he just looks sapped out there and way out of synch. I hope he is ok and gets better soon. We will need him!

- While Coleman is the team MVP, I think that Shields is the key to our success. He played a great game on the defensive end and made some clutch 3s early in the 2nd half to help us pull away from DSU. I really wish that Waters would find a way to run some more plays for this guy. Find a way to get him the ball as he slashes to the hoop. I feel like we are not taking advantage of his talent as we only look for him on the perimeter.

- Speaking of Offensive gameplans. What is ours anyway? We have no offensive identity whatsoever. This is the most concerning thing to me (more than FTs and rebounding). Waters must find a way to get these guys to do more on O. And I don't mean making their shots (although that would help). I know that we don't have a legit threat down low, but I would like to see us try and run some plays through Herve in the post, where he has options to take it to the hoop or pass to guys on the perimeter or at the FT line for an open shot. He is a good passer and is the best guy on the team when it comes to making tough passes when he leaves his feet. I know that he doesn't have the softest hands, but we need t! ! o try a

- As I said, there were tons of missed shots. Need to improve there. Many of them were short, relatively easy shots so I will chalk it up to a bad night.

- Lamizana made a beautiful no look pass in the 2nd half. It was sweet!

- No Hill – where was he? I think I heard on the post game show that he was suspended for a undisclosed violation. It's a shame as this would have been a good game for him to work on his game.

- C. Davis had a rough game. He looked like he was sleepwalking out there.

- How about Sloan Baptiste with 4 points – he seems to have grown a few inches since last year…

- Seemed like DeSimpelare ran the team for several long stretches. Did you hear anything about this from anyone else?

- In what is becoming a constant at the RAC, the officiating was horrible. It was not enough to make a difference in the game at all, but some dubious calls were being made out there. I really wonder where they find these guys sometimes.

- On a side note, Coach Schiano and his entire family were in the stands (sec. 104). It was interesting seeing his "affectionate" side as he played with his kids. 

Basketball Recruiting -  A player the Knights are looking at

FORT LEE - Devon Moffatt has been a one-man show at Clifton. The standout guard has dictated the Mustangs' success or failures over the previous two seasons. Not anymore. Moffatt has friends this season, and they all contributed in a 65-47 drubbing of Fort Lee on Sunday night to claim the title in the Jack Reilly Holiday boys basketball tournament, and keep the Mustangs unbeaten through four games. "Our main focus is to get Devon the ball, but if he gets in trouble, he's got us to bail him out," said 6-foot-4 forward Damon LaSalle, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace Clifton. "Luis [Martinez] and I are capable." - Basketball

Netwhispers tells me that Moffatt is a Top 150 player


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