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Football recruiting:

Jeremy Gray: Impressive Spring Brings Offers
Sherman, Texas defensive end Jeremy Gray got an opportunity to prove that he was worthy of college scholarship offers during spring practice, and that is exactly what he did. Five schools have already extended offers, and several others are showing interest. Texas was one of the schools that stopped by Sherman High School. How much interest do they have in Gray?

Area DE high on latest recruiting list
Dallas Morning News
Keller Fossil Ridge defensive end R.J. Washington gave credit to others for his ranking on the Rivals100 national recruiting list that came out Tuesday. Washington (6-4, 245), who is No. 13 on the list, is ranked second among Texas high school players in the Class of 2008. Washington, who has orally committed to Oklahoma, is behind Van running back Jermie Calhoun (6-0, 210), who is No. 10. Washington is one of 13 Texans who made the national top 100 (the same number as last year). Texas had the most players of any state on the list. California and Florida were tied for second with 12 each.


Cotton Bowl Classic on BCS quest
Dallas Morning News
Faced with its biggest challenge since its founding by J. Curtis Sanford, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic made a key choice this spring. Bowl officials could have launched a 21st-century multimedia campaign, complete with high-tech presentations, trumpeting their move to the Cowboys' new stadium for Jan. 2, 2010, and their interest in joining the Bowl Championship Series. Instead, Cotton Bowl president Rick Baker and his staff chose the personal touch. They started crisscrossing the country – conference by conference, even school by school – to spread the news about what the move to their new home in Arlington means.


UCI style not so novel in Texas
Daily Pilot
UC Irvine baseball coach Dave Serrano said he is much happier to be getting on a plane than a bus to venture to an NCAA Regional this season. He is clearly eager to expose what he calls "Anteater Baseball" to an audience that may not have seen it before. He got his wish to a degree, when the No. 9-ranked Anteaters (40-15-1) were shipped to Round Rock, Texas to square off against host Texas (44-15), Wake Forest (33-27) and Brown (27-19) in the four-team, double-elimination tournament that begins Friday. But the Anteaters' brand of baseball, based on what Serrano calls the inside game — more commonly referred to as small ball — is nothing new to the folks within driving distance of Texas' capital city of Austin.


Ross Lone Source of Giant Excitement
There was a moment recently when it was fun to talk about the Giants again. It came shortly after they used their 20th pick in the NFL draft to select Texas cornerback Aaron Ross. A bit later he was piped into a conference call with the Giants media and we heard the voice of youth.

Oden, Durant both are knockouts
Orlando Sentinel
On one hand, there's Ohio State's Greg Oden, the best big man to block and dunk his way through a college basketball season in 15 years. "He's a monster," ex-Florida guard Taurean Green said Tuesday. On the other, there's Texas' Kevin Durant, a versatile superstar whose 2006-07 statistics trumped those of any other major-college basketball player. "He's amazing," Purdue Coach Matt Painter said.

Cavaliers' rookie revelation
Who is Daniel Gibson? And what is he doing saving the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals? Gibson, a second-round pick by Cleveland in last year's draft, has had a nice rookie season. He started some games, played a role and showed a nice outside touch. But did coach Mike Brown and general manager Danny Ferry really envision this young guard from Texas having a huge impact in the playoffs? I can't imagine they did.

Gibson not playing like he's a rookie
The future is now for rookie guard Daniel Gibson. The same can be said for the Cavaliers, who have gotten an unexpected bounce from the kid who prefers to be called "Boobie.'' Gibson turned in his second big-time performance in two games on Tuesday night, scoring a career-high 21 points in Cleveland's 91-87 win over the Detroit Pistons in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.


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