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The Jaden Springer Blog: Down to 11, summer ball and more

Jaden Springer is ranked No. 8 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2020 and led IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) to the GEICO Nationals title this past season. That’s got everyone from North Carolina to Texas to Kansas to Memphis, among many others, all in hot pursuit. Now, Springer has agreed to give USA Today Sports exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog

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Class of 2020 Florida high school football player Joshua Ancrum killed in shooting

Joshua Ancrum, a three-star pledge from Miami (Fla.) Norland High School, was killed during a shooting in Miami Gardens. The junior also starred for the South Florida Express 7v7 squad, announced that Ancrum was the player struck in the Tuesday afternoon incident.
A rapidly rising three-star prospect, Ancrum already had scholarship offers from South Florida, FIU, Southern Miss and Bowling Green, with plenty assuming he had more in the offing after an impressive showing at the Miami regional edition of The Opening.
As 247Sports noted, Ancrum’s death was announced by South Florida Express on Twitter:

Today we are saddened to find out about the passing of one of our current players

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Michigan State commit Ian Stewart sees 'something special' with Mark Dantonio

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Multi-sport athlete Tucker Schank commits to Indiana baseball

HUNTINGBURG, Ind. — Perhaps one of the finest multi-sport athletes in Southridge High School history, Tucker Schank announced Friday that he will play baseball for Indiana University.
“I chose to play baseball for IU because it’s my dream university and I really like the idea of playing for Coach (Jeff) Mercer,” Schank told the Courier & Press. “He and I have been able to develop a nice relationship over the past several months because he and I share a lot in common.
“It also became apparent that baseball is the sport that fits my body type when talking about staying healthy and having longevity in the sport

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Alabama raids Florida for commitment from 4-star WR Thaiu Jones-Bell

It was only a matter of time before Nick Saban struck recruiting gold again. He may have got it from the state of Florida on Monday.
The Crimson Tide’s latest member of the Class of 2020 is Thaiu Jones-Bell, a four-star wide receiver from Miami Carol City. Jones-Bell picked the Crimson Tide ahead of scholarship offers from all the Florida powers, including Florida and Florida State, not to mention other national powers like Georgia and LSU.
Despite all the attention close to home, Tennessee and Penn State were reportedly Jones-Bell’s other finalists

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Las Vegas high school track coach fired after assistant allegedly had sex with student

A Las Vegas high school track and field coach has been fired not because he did something wrong, but because his assistant did.
As reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Sunrise Mountain High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) track coach Cleveland Powe was fired in February, allegedly for allowing assistant coach Nik’olas Clater to attend a high school track meet he was not cleared to attend. It later emerged that the reason he was not cleared to attend the meet was because he was under investigation for an illegal relationship with a student at the school.
On May 9, Clater was charged with statutory sexual seduction, luring a child to engage in a sex act and two counts of lewdness with a child older than 14

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With commitment from 5-star DE Myles Murphy, Clemson's 2020 football class already among best ever

When Myles Murphy committed to Clemson ahead of scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida, no one was surprised. At this point they shouldn’t be, and that may be the most profound statement of all.
First, the latest mega-commit for the Tigers. Murphy is a 6-foot-5, 260-pound force of nature, a dynamic difference maker on defense who ranks as one of the top-10 overall commits in the Class of 2020. He is also the No

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Longtime Georgia high school coach could lose job over urine screening sample

A 25-year high school coaching veteran in Georgia is at risk of losing his job because he couldn’t provide a second urine sample on demand for a sample medical screening.
As reported by Atlanta CBS affiliate WSB, North Clayton High School girls basketball coach Fred Hill faces potential termination over his failure to produce an adequate second urine sample for a test that was needed for a worker’s compensation claim.
That, apparently, was enough to justify a violation of his contract, which warranted a dismissal.
Supporters of the coach were quick to rally to his defense, showing up at a potential termination hearing for the coach.

For his part, Hill provided more color behind why he failed to provide an adequate secondary sample in an interview with WSB

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Detroit Catholic high school and youth leagues no longer allowed to play on Sundays

Sunday is a day of rest for Catholics and starting this fall, that means no more youth sports, according to a new policy issued Wednesday by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Youth sports under the Catholic High School League (CHSL) and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) will be set aside on Sundays to make more time for worship, officials said.
The policy was developed over the last two years and notifications to athletic directors about the change began in June 2017. But despite the change, officials said, youth sports are still a priority and athletes will continue to have a full sports schedule.
Officials said the sports schedule will be shifted to Monday through Saturday

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Report: Ore. high school football coach tackles gunman at high school

A report from an Oregon television station claimed that a high school football and track coach intercepted and tackled a gunman at his school on Friday.
According to Portland CBS affiliate KATU, Parkrose High School (Portland, Ore.) football and track coach Keanon Lowe tackled an armed student on Friday, helping avert possible disaster at the school. Lowe acted after searching for the student in question in a class after his classmates had reported concerning behavior. According to the Oregonian, not long thereafter, the student arrived in the classroom carrying a shotgun