The 2017 football recruiting class had a busy week during spring break. And both commitments stayed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Keller Timber Creek offensive lineman Alan Ali and Carroll offensive lineman Carson Green gave their verbal commitments to SMU on March 16.
Ali is arguably the second-biggest recruit in this area behind Carroll safety and Oklahoma commit Robert Barnes. Ali is a four-star recruit, according to most recruiting services. He already held Power 5 school offers from Nebraska, Virginia, Arizona State and Iowa State.
Green is a bit of an unknown. But SMU was the first school to offer him, so he took advantage of it. Time will tell if other schools will get involved. After all, these commitments are non-binding. Recruits cannot sign their National Letters of Intent until Feb. 1, 2017.
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The next recruit to watch will be Colleyville Heritage QB Cam Roane. He recently picked up his second offer from Arkansas State. He’s also participated in The Opening regional session in Coppell and the Rivals Camp Series in Cedar Hill. The spring will be a pretty interesting time. That’s when the evaluation period begins. Being left-handed, it may be something that schools want to see more of him in person to get more of an idea of how he has progressed.
Left it all out there
Keller Central product Joel Bolomboy’s final performance for Weber State crystallized everything he was to that program. He was consistent.
In Weber State’s 71-53 loss to Xavier in the first round of the NCAA tournament this past Friday in St. Louis, the senior had a double double – his 26th – in a losing cause. He finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both were team highs. The Wildcats finished their season at 26-9.
Now, we’ll learn what the future holds for him as far as the professional ranks are concerned.
GCISD volleyball moves
In a season where there was stunning and not-so-stunning change with the volleyball coaching positions at both Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine High School, one has been settled. The other hasn’t.
The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board hired Hollie Huston’s replacement at Colleyville Heritage, former Lucas Lovejoy assistant Bri Barker.
Of course, the Lovejoy name should be familiar in Northeast Tarrant County because Carroll volleyball coach Ryan Mitchell came from Lovejoy. Barker, who played in high school at Amarillo for her mother Jan, played collegiately at Oklahoma. She was not on Mitchell’s staff at Lovejoy, but was there for two seasons before coming to Colleyville Heritage.
This will be her first coaching assignment. This definitely should be a learning-curve season. But she comes into a situation where Colleyville Heritage is moving down to Class 5A and will be in district that virtually assures it of making the playoffs each season.
Grapevine is in the final stages of finding a replacement for Kori Cooper, who left in January for the same position at Cedar Park. A name is expected to be taken to the board on March 28. One name we’re hearing who is in the mix is Burleson Centennial’s Whitney Woody.
Class 6A football bi-district setup to change?
We’re hearing through certain channels that the current setup for the Class 6A football bi-district playoffs could see a change if there is enough of a movement to support it.
Currently, the No. 1 seed in Division I and Division II can host the No. 2 seed in those respective divisions at their home stadium. If there is any change in terms of higher seed hosting vs. just the district champion hosting, a proposal would go to the University Interscholastic League in June. The UIL Legislative Council could then vote for it. It’s not a guarantee that it would be in place for the 2016 season. We’ll keep monitoring it.
In 2015, Carroll and Euless Trinity hosted playoff games at Dragon Stadium and Pennington Field, respectively.