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Florida football coach has toe amputated after contracting MRSA at Gulf beach

By: Brian Miller, Tallahassee Democrat | July 21, 2019 On and off for the past two years, Chiles High School (Tallahassee, Florida) football coach Kevin Pettis had been in walking boots to deal with the stress fractures he’d acquired – 28 total...

Estero (Florida) High cheerleader perseveres through sleep disorder to earn college scholarship

By: Andrew Sodergren, Fort Myers News-Press | July 21, 2019 Coaches called her lazy. Her parents worried she might have cancer. Nikki Jennings found herself tired all the time, much more than a typical teenager. And when she slept, friends and family members had...

Princeton (Ohio) 4-star LB Jaheim Thomas commits to Cincinnati Bearcats

By: Scott Springer, The Enquirer | July 20, 2019 SHARONVILLE — Rack up another top Division I commit from Princeton High School as four-star linebacker Jaheim Thomas has decided to stay in town with the University of Cincinnati. It’s a major coup...

Florida 4-star DE Chantz Williams commits to Miami on late father’s birthday

By: Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 20, 2019 Manny Diaz added another critical piece to Miami’s Class of 2020 on Saturday, and the commitment came with a particularly touching connection. Four-star Oakleaf High School (Orange Park, Fla.) defensive end...

2018-19 ALL-USA Boys Athlete of the Year: Bryce Brodzinski, Blaine

By: USA TODAY High School Sports | July 20, 2019 In 29 games this year, Bryce Brodzinski scored 36 goals and had 55 assists. He had 18 games with at least one goal and one assist, and had 20 multi-point games with...

2018-19 ALL-USA Boys Coach of the Year: Brian Shuman, Canton

By: USA TODAY High School Sports | July 20, 2019 Brian Shuman led Canton (Massachusetts) to one of the most dominant seasons in state history. Canton went 25-0-1 and outscored opponents 131-23 during the season. Over five postseason games, the team only allowed...

Scorching heat forcing high schools to adjust practice plans

By: Dominique Yates, Louisville Courier Journal | July 20, 2019 As Kentucky Country Day’s practice was nearing the end, players took off their helmets and doused their heads in an ice bucket. During water breaks, coaches applied ice towels around players’ necks and arms. Football conditioning...

Man accused of kicking cat on football field pleads guilty to animal abuse

By: Logan Newman, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 19, 2019 A Kansas City man pleaded guilty to animal abuse after allegedly kicking a cat on a high school football field. Video appears to show Johnathan Taylor, 20, kicking a cat like...

WATCH: 5-star C Makur Maker, Thon Maker’s cousin, gets crafty with off-the-back self-assist off...

By: Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 19, 2019 Makur Maker has recently been in the news for his decision to transfer from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran to Pacific Academy and its trickle down impact, but he found his way back...

Elite center Mark Williams will transfer to IMG Academy

By: Jason Jordan, USA Today High School Sports | July 19, 2019 In his latest USA Today blog, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) point guard Jaden Springer said that the Ascenders have “some guys coming in that are gonna help us a lot.” RELATED:...

Chosen 25 small forward Ziaire Williams reportedly transferring to Sierra Canyon

By: Logan Newman, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 19, 2019 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California) is adding another star athlete to its boys basketball team. Ziaire Williams, one of the top small forwards in the country, is transferring to the two-time defending...

Mantal Edge: How to reach your athletic potential

By: Shayne McGowan, Mental Edge Performance | July 18, 2019 What separates elite athletes from the rest? Talent? Many talented athletes never lived up to their potential. Technical skills? All the technical skills in the world will not help if you are unable to...

NCSA: Summer training tips for student-athletes

By: Jason Smith, NCSA Director of Recruiting Services | July 18, 2019 USA TODAY High School Sports has a weekly column on the college recruiting process. Here, you’ll find practical tips and real-world advice on becoming a better recruit to maximize your...

Another to the Crimson Tide: Alabama lands commitment from 4-star ATH Kristian Story

By: Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 18, 2019 When they say Roll Tide, they’re apparently referring to being on a roll in recruiting. At least in the offseason. That’s precisely what Alabama has been on in the past 48...

WATCH: Buffalo Class of 2022 star Massai Graham throws down massive, off-backboard alley oop

By: Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 18, 2019 The Adidas Gold League may be overshadowed by Nike’s EYBL circuit and Under Armour’s Association, but it still features elite talent. That’s certainly the case with rising junior Massai Graham,...

Big day for Alabama: Crimson Tide adds 4-star QB Drake Maye for 2021, DT...

By: Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 18, 2019 Alabama fans celebrated a big offseason Wednesday the best way possible: with two significant commitments. First, the Crimson Tide received a verbal commitment from Drake Maye, a North Carolina-based four-star, pro-style...

The Jaden Springer Blog: Breaking down his top five

By: Jaden Springer | July 18, 2019 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...

Hillcrest small foward Devan Cambridge commits to Auburn

By: Logan Newman, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 17, 2019 Devan Cambridge, a Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix) small forward ranked by Rivals as a three-star player, has committed to Auburn, according to the prep school. Even with Hillcrest’s dominant core of...

Four-star Arthur Kaluma transferring to newly-formed Dream City basketball

By: Richard Obert, Arizona Republic | July 17, 2019 Dream City is just starting out and already has two big-time basketball commitments. Arthur Kaluma, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound four-star 2021 recruit, announced on social media Wednesday that he will be playing his junior season...

Dajuan Harris commits to Kansas following Peach Jam title

By: Logan Newman, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 17, 2019 Four-star point guard Dajuan Harris, a former Missouri State signee who played for Peach Jam champion Mokan Elite earlier this month, announced his commitment to Kansas over Twitter. He plans to...

Esports to Nevada high schools? NIAA considering the idea

By: Jim Krajewski, Reno Gazette Journal | July 16, 2019 On Tuesday, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association board approved having staff move forward on bringing esports to high schools. NIAA executive director Bart Thompson said he has been approached by a couple different...
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