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Texas continues strong August with commitments from 4-star wide receiver, safety

Two of the top 150 high school football prospects in Texas committed to the Longhorns within 24 hours of each other.
Four-star safety Xavion Alford and four-star wide receiver Quentin Johnston announced on Friday and Saturday, respectively, that they decided to stay in-state and play football at Texas.
Alford, who plays for Shadow Creek High School (Pearland, Texas), is the No. 8 safety in the country, No. 23 player in Texas and No

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With Arjei Henderson's ineligibility, Florida loses another member of 2019 recruiting class

With Arjei Henderson failing to academically qualify for the Florida football team and being released from his National Letter of Intent, according to The Athletic’s Will Sammon, the Gators lose another piece of their top-10 2019 recruiting class.
Henderson, a four-star recruit, was expected to become a key wide receiver for the program. Now, he’s one of five members of the class that will not be gearing up for the team this season.
Three athletes, including Henderson, failed to qualify academically.
Four-star linebacker Diwun Black transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, Mississippi) in June after being ruled ineligible, according to 247Sports

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Records: Hazing at Cleveland football camp included sexual assault

CLEVELAND (AP) — Eleven Cleveland-area high school football players were victims of hazing at a camp in June, including four who were sexually assaulted by teammates, court records show.
Authorities say the assaults and hazing occurred during a Berea-Midpark (Ohio) High School football camp held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
An 18-year-old student was indicted Wednesday as an adult on charges that include rape, sexual battery, kidnapping, hazing, unlawful restraint, evidence tampering and obstructing justice.

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Two 17-year-old boys were charged Thursday in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court with rape, sexual battery, hazing and unlawful restraint. A 15-year-old boy was charged with hazing and unlawful restraint

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Game On! Football officials, Lee schools come to agreement; FHSAA reinstates refs

The local football officials and the School District of Lee County came to an agreement Friday afternoon allowing the referees to work games this season.
“The (South Gulf Football Officials Association) has agreed to honor the contract they entered into in May,” school board member Chris Patricca told The News-Press. “Lee County Schools football games will begin next week.”
This week’s preseason games hosted by Lee public schools were canceled Wednesday as the refs were holding out for a pay raise. Patricca said it was too hard to play the games scheduled for Friday, but the Week 1 games would go on as planned on Aug

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Four black teens held at gunpoint in Arkansas while fundraising for high school football team

WYNNE, Ark. — The wife of an Arkansas jail administrator was arrested and charged with assault several days after police say she pulled a gun on four black teenagers who were going door to door to raise money for their high school football team.
Police in the eastern Arkansas city of Wynne, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock, said the incident happened Aug. 7. Police responding to reports of “suspicious persons” found the four children on the ground, with Jerri Kelly, who is white, standing over them holding a gun, Memphis TV station WMC reported

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Xavier men's basketball gets another highly rated 2020 recruit: Mountain Brook shooting guard Colby Jones

Hours after the Musketeers completed their Spanish voyage with their third win of the trip, Xavier landed a verbal commitment Wednesday from another top prospect in the 2020 recruiting class.
Colby Jones, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Birmingham, Alabama, is a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports.
Xavier Musketeers head coach Travis Steele instructs the team in the second half of an NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. Xavier Musketeers won 81-75 against the Georgetown Hoyas

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Plano (Texas) cancels high school football game with Eastwood (El Paso, Texas) due to safety concerns following mass shooting

The Sept. 6 football game between Eastwood and Plano high schools in Plano has been canceled, a news release from the Plano ISD stated.
“After consulting with local law enforcement agencies, Plano ISD administrators felt obligated to prioritize the safety of the participating players, students, families and communities, and have concluded that the timing of the game falls too soon after the tragedy in El Paso,” said a news release from the Plano Independent School District.

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The 21-year-old suspect in the Aug. 3 mass shooting at the Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bond in El Paso

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Chosen 25 basketball player Moussa Cisse transferring to Lausanne

Moussa Cisse, the No. 12 player in the Class of 2021 Chosen 25, announced on Twitter that he will transfer to Lausanne (Memphis, Tennessee).
Cisse previously attended Christ The King Regional (Queens, New York).
“I really thanks Christ the king for the good 2 years the give me and teach me a lot things and thanks New York City my next chapter year 3,” Cisse wrote.

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