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Report: NCAA recruiting dead period ending on June 1

The NCAA’s historically long recruiting dead period is on the verge of being lifted.
According to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, June 1 has been set as the date the dead period will be lifted. Coaches and recruits have not been able to engage face to face for the last 13 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic-inflicted dead period.
“The NCAA Council this week is expected to set an end date of June 1 for the long-standing recruiting dead period, multiple sources told CBS Sports,” Dodd said. “The dead period was imposed in March 2020 after COVID-19 shut down college sports

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New Jersey HS wrestling coach makes conference history with 500th career win

Howell High School’s wrestling program has been in John Gagliano’s blood since he was a teenager. He was a district and region champion for the Rebels during the 1980s, bringing home his fair share of hardware when Howell was a good program, but not a powerhouse.
That has all changed since Gagliano became the head coach at his alma mater. Under Gagliano’s watch, Howell has won 18 division titles, including 15 straight from 2006-20, seven district team titles, three Shore Conference Tournament team championships and, in 2014, its first state sectional title. Tuesday was Gagliano’s day in the spotlight, though, as he became the first coach in Shore Conference history to win 500 matches with a 69-9 victory over Piscataway High School

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Top 2021 recruit Chet Holmgren caps high school career with state title

Chet Holmgren capped his high school basketball career on the highest of high notes Saturday night, leading Minnehaha Academy to a Minnesota Class 3A state championship with a resounding 80-29 win over Alexandria High School.
Holmgren scored 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocked shots in the victory.
“It was a great way to send us (seniors) off into our next part of our journey — whether that’s football for some of our guys, basketball, other things — definitely a great last hoorah for all of us,” Holmgren said, per the Pioneer Press. “We just wanted to make sure that we went out with a bang.”
Alexandria led Minnehaha Academy, 7-5, early in the game before Holmgren and his teammates ripped off a 14-0 run that put the Redhawks up 28-12 late in the first half

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Rutgers football 2022 recruiting class ranked No. 6 nationally after landing Gavin Wimsatt

Rutgers football took strides back toward relevancy in Greg Schiano’s return to the banks in 2020. Now, that momentum is paying dividends on the recruiting trail.
The Scarlet Knights scored their latest commitment and the biggest recruiting victory of Schiano’s second stint with the program Friday, as four-star quarterback and top 100 recruit Gavin Wimsatt committed to Rutgers over Kentucky. Wimsatt received 20 total offers throughout his recruitment, with Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon and TCU among the notable programs vying for the Kentucky native’s services.
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Wimsatt is now the highest-rated member of a Rutgers 2022 recruiting class that currently ranks No

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USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 softball rankings: Week 6 – A shake up at the top opens the door for new No. 1 Neshoba

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Losses at the top two spots allowed perennial power Neshoba Central to ascend to the No. 1 position in this week’s USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 poll.
The (5-0) Rockets rolled past Enterprise, 14-2, last Thursday and play Morton on Friday. Neshoba has won the past seven Mississippi 5A state championships, and is riding a 22-game win streak dating back to April 26, 2019, when it lost 5-2 to Grenada in the opener of a best-of-three playoff series it won

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Girls HS soccer player breaks Texas single-season record with 112 goals

Taylor Zdrojewski of Celina High School etched her name into the Texas girls high school soccer record book Tuesday, scoring her 112th goal of 2021.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Zdrojewski, who is just a junior, is averaging four goals per match and scored all seven of Celina’s goals in its Class 4A Region II semifinal shutout win over Bullard High School. Zdrojewski has scored 25 goals in Celina’s four playoff games so far.
Zdrojewski broke the single-season record of South Hills High School’s Esmeralda Gonzales, who scored 109 goals in 2016. The national record for goals scored in a single season is 130, set by Kassi Ginther of Summit Christian Academy in Missouri in 2017

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Vanderbilt scores major recruiting victory with commitments of Lee Dort and Noah Shelby

Jerry Stackhouse hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire on the recruiting trail since taking over as Vanderbilt’s head coach. His first two recruiting classes in Nashville ranked outside the top 60 nationally, with many calling his ability to attract talent to the SEC program into question.
That all changed Wednesday night, as Vanderbilt cashed in on a two-for-one special with commitments from five-star center Lee Dort and four-star shooting guard Noah Shelby — teammates at The Addison School in Texas. Dort is ranked as the 18th-best prospect in the class of 2022 according to 247Sports, while Shelby is the No. 104 recruit in the signing class according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings

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Report: Ex-Del Valle HC Charles Burton, 5-star WR Caleb Burton to join Lake Travis

With Charles Burton not returning as Del Valle High School’s football coach next season, five-star wide receiver Caleb Burton decided to play his senior season elsewhere.
Now, the two are joining forces once again at a Texas high school football powerhouse.
According to Thomas Jones of the Austin American-Statesman, Charles Burton is joining Lake Travis High School’s coaching staff, with his son set to transfer into the school as well. Charles Burton’s hire won’t be approved by the Lake Travis school district until later this month and he won’t begin working at the school until next school year.
Charles Burton was recently replaced at Del Valle by IMG Academy’s Bobby Acosta

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The 10 greatest QBs in Texas HS football history

Texas is known as a hotbed for high school football talent. The state is known for churning out elite prospects and sending them to the next level, ready to produce from the moment they arrive on campus.
Some of Texas’ brightest and most recognizable talents over the years have manned the quarterback position. From national record holders to Gatorade Players of the Year and All-Americans, the state has seen more than its fair share of elite quarterbacks rise through the high school ranks.
With this in mind, USA Today High School Sports took a crack at ranking the top 10 quarterbacks in Texas high school football history