Vance High’s Jeremiah Hall has committed to Oklahoma, Cougars coach Aaron Brand said.
Hall, who plays H back, is 6-foot-3, 230-pound rising senior. Brand said Hall had offers from schools such as Colorado State, East Carolina, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse as well as several Ivy League School. Hall carries a 4.7 GPA.
Last season, he caught nearly 50 passes for the Cougars. Hall is the second area player to choose Oklahoma recently. Cuthbertson High QB Austin Kendall committed to the Sooners last year and enrolled early, in the second half of the 2015-16 school year.
Hall plans to visit Oklahoma for the first time next month.
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“Jeremiah is a good player,” Brand said. “He’s a tremendous blocker and he’s a good runner with the football in his hands. He’s got excellent hand-eye coordination. He caught a bunch of balls. He’s got good speed for a big fella. I love him going to Oklahoma. It further solidifies that Charlotte has kids who want to get it done on a national scale.”
▪ Mallard Creek defensive back Jacobe Clement committed to N.C. State Sunday. He is the second rising senior from Mallard Creek to commit to the Raleigh school. Earlier this year, Mavericks lineman Grant Gibson committed to the Wolfpack.
Former West Charlotte and Marvin Ridge boys basketball coach Gosnell White told the Observer he will be inducted into the Howard University athletics hall of fame in November. White, who was an All-American track star at Howard, won more than 500 high school basketball games as a coach at Harding, West Charlotte and Union County’s Marvin Ridge. He helped return West Charlotte’s program to prominence after the Lions won more than 500 games and seven state championships under Charles McCullough.
When McCullough retired in 1994, the Lions went through several coaches and the program floundered. White returned West Charlotte to its previous dominant form. White's Lions won a Mecklenburg County public school-record eight straight conference championships from 1997-2004. His teams made five regional appearances. His 1998-99 West Charlotte team finished in the USA Today national poll top 10 and won the N.C. 4A state championship. That team is arguably the best public school team in N.C. history.
White coached at Marvin Ridge from 2007-14 before retiring.
Providence shortstop/pitcher Logan Davidson was drafted in the 30th round by the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday. Davidson was 10-1 last season with 78 strikeouts and 1.5 earned-run average. He hit .430 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs and was named SoMeck 8 and N.C. Gatorade player of the year. He has signed with Clemson.
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East-West All-Star Games
Here are area players selected to the 2016 East-West All-Star games in Greensboro. The games pit some of the state’s top seniors from the western half of North Carolina against their eastern counterparts. The boys and girls basketball games are July 18 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The boys and girls soccer games are July 19 at MacPherson Stadium in Greensboro. The annual football game is July 19 at Greensboro Grimsley.
Boys Basketball: Jaylen McManus, North Mecklenburg; Marcus Thomas, Independence
Boys Soccer: Harish Amatya, Marco Garcia-Rodriguez, South Meck; Charles Basse, East Meck; Cade McCurry, Hough
Football: Dantrell Barkley, Cameron Peters, A.L. Brown; Larry Blanton, Rocky River; Joseph Bruner, Concord Robinson; LaTarus Dameron, Lincolnton; Lance Moore, Myles Moore, Weddington; Demitrius Spury, Mooresville
Girls Basketball: Chanin Scott, Myers Park; Chantel Williams, Mallard Creek
Girls soccer: Kristin Brown, Riley Orr, Lake Norman; Alex Denny, Ashley Johnson Hough; Alina Limpert, Charlotte Catholic