The end of high school football team camps marks the beginning of July, which for many future college football hopefuls, is the biggest recruiting month of the year.
For some of the top recruits in the state, it’s a chance to show up on the national stage. Eastside Catholic’s Gee Scott Jr. and Sam Adams II spent the week at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium competing at The Opening, a recruiting showcase featuring the top recruits in the country.
Scott Jr, a wide receiver committed to Ohio State, and Adams II, an uncommitted running back, are the second and third-ranked recruits in the state of Washington’s 2020 class, according to recruiting site 247 Sports.
Both received publicity and praise on social media, particularly Scott Jr., who was a part of the winning 7-on-7 team. He also had an impressive one-handed catch.
But for recruits, The Opening is more than just a place to show off their individual skills. A story by Joe Hoyt of The Dallas Morning News details how it’s the best place for players to recruit fellow prospects.
The story highlights this week’s News & Notes, which features news tidbits from around the state of Washington, and items relating to high school sports around the country.
News & Notes
- Candace Buckner of The Washington Post details how Tacoma native and Curtis High School alum Isaiah Thomas and the Washington Wizards have found each other in hours of need.
- A belated news note: former assistant Reggie Witherspoon Jr. takes over as head football coach at Garfield after Joey Thomas resigned to take an assistant job at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.
- Skyview High School (Vancouver) graduate Leanna Ludes was hired as an assistant volleyball coach at Portland State, The Columbian reported. After a successful high school career, she went on to play for University of San Francisco’s volleyball team.
- Shadle Park (Spokane) grad Michael Chiesa has found new life, success in UFC’s welterweight division, as told by Ryan Collingwood of The Spokesman-Review.
- Petey Jones from the storied T.C. Williams High 1971 football team died at 65, according to The Washington Post. Jones was a central character in the 2000 Disney movie Remember the Titans and was played by actor Donald Faison.
- Technology has changed the way high school athletes train. Jack White of USA Today charts the rise of remote training.
- After beating cancer, a South Carolina high school student works to return to football, chronicles Kennington Lloyd Smith III of the Anderson Independent Mail.
- 2020 NBA Draft lottery prospect RJ Hampton opted to play in New Zealand for the year instead of college basketball. Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Abrams takes a look into Hampton’s journey, and if his decision to not go to college is a sign of what’s to come.