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Vincent makes his choice, headed to LSU

Vincent makes his choice, headed to LSU

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On the heels of a spring filled with offers from top programs from around the country, four-star cornerback Kary Vincent closed the door on his recruitment with an emphatic commitment to LSU wholesale jerseys.

The announcement came via a video reveal he released on Sunday evening.

For a while it seemed as though he was considering a few other serious contenders like Texas, Florida State and Ohio State, but that was all window dressing around the true centerpiece in his collection of suitors.

“Four months ago I took my first visit here, and that’s really when I committed,” he said. “It was really about my gut feeling; it’s the home feeling I have with these guys and these coaches. I really believe in and know that the people here are what I need to progress in all aspects of my life as a person and a player.”

Vincent’s speed and ability to read the game make him a valuable asset as a shark in the secondary. He seamlessly peels off his coverage to where the play flows and is as strong making a play on a ball in the air as he is willing to step up and make a tackle.

He expects that his ability to cover that much ground is what will make him a strong contributor early on with the Tigers’ defense.

“What Coach (Dave) Aranda has explained to me and from what I have seen, he plays to the players that he has,” he said. “He sets up his defense based on the skills that his players have. He told me that he plans to use me in the same way that (they) used Tyrann Mathieu. I can thank my father for that, he’s my DB coach but I’m real versatile, I can play anywhere on the field.”

Vincent’s relationship with Aranda mesh jersey wholesale and the entire staff was crucial in his level of comfort with the program. Following his recruitment, he is seemingly more familiar with the entire Tigers staff than most other recruits are with just one coach from any given program.

“Coach (Les) Miles and me were in real close contact,” Vincent said. “He texts me all the time. Ultimately Coach (Corey) Raymond – the relationship that I have with him, even Coach (Bradley) Peveto, Coach (Ed Orgeron) and Coach Aranda, all those guys are so welcoming and I know that it’s the right place for me to be.”

The Port Arthur, Texas, product had very positive things to say about his relationship with Miles and has moved past the drama of a year ago surrounding his future as head coach wholesale sports jersey. Vincent thinks how Miles and company have been assembling this year’s recruiting class speaks volumes for the future of the staff and program.

“I’ve talked to him about it, I had concerns at first, but I believe that he is going to be here for a long time,” Vincent said. “I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be. I’m real excited about the class we’re putting together – it’s already crazy with the guys that we have now.

“If people are wowed now by what we have, they’re going to be real excited about what’s to come, because we’re just getting started.”

If Vincent’s engagement on social media is any indication, he should be a useful addition to LSU’s efforts landing a few more top-tier recruits to round out an increasingly impressive class. LSU’s is already a top-ten group in the Rivals.com team rankings buy wholesale jerseys.

“I’m going after Marvin Wilson and I have to get Todd Harris and K’Lavon Chaisson from North Shore,” he said. “I’m going to get them.”

Despite the fact that Vincent has been in the fold with LSU for some time, that may not be enough to remove all doubt he’ll stay committed to the Tigers. He said that he still plans on taking official visits in the fall, but that he has no intention of flipping to another program.

“I’m 100% committed to my school, and that’s LSU,” he said. “I’ve talked to many people that have gone on now in the league and they just say that they wish they would have seen everything. I’m committed to LSU, I’ll be going to LSU, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to take visits and I would be crazy to miss it.”

Ty Brock set to collect more offers as football season draws near

Ty Brock set to collect more offers as football season draws near

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Ty Brock is preparing for a crucial senior season after camping at several schools last month wholesale jerseys.

The College Station High School quarterback took visits to Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana-Monroe, but programs are still hesitant to offer until they see him in action this fall after his recovery from a broken leg last August.

“For me I’m just trying to focus on doing well here and getting ready for next fall,” he said at the Texas State 7v7 Tournament. “Talking to all the coaches, I really just need to get my fall film together.”

That hasn’t stopped Brock from being upbeat about his recruitment and he announced at the beginning of this past offseason he’s choosing to give up baseball to focus solely on football. On the spring camp circuit and team practices, his leg hasn’t appeared to affect his play and he seems primed for a strong final season in College Station with a number of other offensive playmakers around him athletic jerseys wholesale.

IN HIS WORDS

Tennessee

“Tennessee treated me great, that was probably my favorite visit so far,” he said. “I really liked the coaching staff, they seemed as they were showing us around that they were all on the same page and I really liked that. I thought I had a good camp, hung out with the coaches, I loved it.”

Indiana

“I had a really good camp there, got shown around the campus,” he said. “I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to meet the head coach, but they’re still looking for a quarterback, though, and I’m looking to play somewhere.”

Louisiana-Monroe

“They’re at the top of my list,” he said. “I’ve known several of those coaches for a while now and have seen them as guest coaches at other camps I’ve been to. They told me that I’m probably at the top of their list as far as quarterbacks go, so that’s nice to hear from a school wholesale custom jerseys.”

RIVALS REACTION

Brock is now in the position of likely being a second quarterback in many of the classes of schools that have offered him. If Indiana comes through with an offer, that would be a major opportunity for both sides, as the Hoosiers are looking to establish a recruiting footprint in Texas, and their only offered uncommitted quarterback for the time being, Kam Fields, has recently chosen to play baseball in college rather than football best wholesale jerseys website.

Brock is banking on a strong start to his season to make good on the interest some of these bigger programs have shown in him, but could make a quick commitment to ULM if that doesn’t materialize in short order. The Warhawks only have two players committed at the moment, and would benefit from adding a quarterback to their class as soon as possible.

Lakers begin quest for next top superstar to carry banner

Lakers begin quest for next top superstar to carry banner

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There’s a large magnetic board in Mitch Kupchak’s office containing the names of every player on the Laker roster, and what grabs him every morning is the name that’s missing.

“Not seeing him up there is not a great feeling,” said the Laker general manager. “But I mean, really. We had him for 20 years. You can’t expect that. We’re thankful we had him that long.”

Kobe Bryant is no longer in the building or on the board, and as Kupchak said, the Lakers will suffer if only from the loss of an icon. In the past, the franchise had an astonishing ability to follow one successful era with another, and the question now is this: Is Kobe’s successor already on the roster?

If you haven’t noticed, he flipped the vacancy switch on his way out the door.

“He’s gone,” said Kupchak, “and it opens a new chapter new jersey wholesale.”

The search started in earnest Friday at the Samsung Summer League and intensifies Saturday when Brandon Ingram, who has the highest star ceiling on the roster, is matched against the Sixers and Ben Simmons, putting the draft’s top two picks on the floor. As summer league games go, this is must-see TV.

The Sixers took Simmons over Ingram because they (and other scouts) felt Simmons had better franchise-player qualities. But Ingram doesn’t fit the mold of a booby prize, more like Simmons is 1A and Ingram 1B. That’s how the Lakers see it after witnessing a few scrimmages and his Summer League debut against the Pelicans. Ingram was very versatile on the floor, had a nice off-the-dribble game and finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Kupchak raves about Ingram’s basketball IQ and readiness.

“He’s got a presence on the floor,” Kupchak said. “He’ll handle the ball. He’ll direct people around. He’s got an uncanny knack for anticipation.”

Unlike Kobe, Ingram won’t have the luxury of breaking in with a teammate at the level of Shaquille O’Neal or on a winning team. While next season likely won’t be 17-win miserable as the one just completed, the Lakers are young and without an All-Star. Ingram must therefore fight against the effects of possibly losing a string of games, and the occasional poor performance, although his makeup — secure and laid-back youth sports jerseys wholesale— suggest he’ll be mature enough to cope with it.

Also, he isn’t attracting the same soaring level of expectations as Kobe did as a 17-year-old straight from high school. So there will be a comfortable learning period where he can rebound from mistakes and also gain weight, which is his only obvious flaw.

There’s a large magnetic board in Mitch Kupchak’s office containing the names of every player on the Laker roster, and what grabs him every morning is the name that’s missing.

“Not seeing him up there is not a great feeling,” said the Laker general manager. “But I mean, really. We had him for 20 years. You can’t expect that. We’re thankful we had him that long.”

Kobe Bryant is no longer in the building or on the board, and as Kupchak said, the Lakers will suffer if only from the loss of an icon. In the past, the franchise had an astonishing ability to follow one successful era with another, and the question now is this: Is Kobe’s successor already on the roster?

If you haven’t noticed, he flipped the vacancy switch on his way out the door mesh jersey wholesale.

“He’s gone,” said Kupchak, “and it opens a new chapter.”

The search started in earnest Friday at the Samsung Summer League and intensifies Saturday when Brandon Ingram, who has the highest star ceiling on the roster, is matched against the Sixers and Ben Simmons, putting the draft’s top two picks on the floor. As summer league games go, this is must-see TV.

The Sixers took Simmons over Ingram because they (and other scouts) felt Simmons had better franchise-player qualities. But Ingram doesn’t fit the mold of a booby prize, more like Simmons is 1A and Ingram 1B. That’s how the Lakers see it after witnessing a few scrimmages and his Summer League debut against the Pelicans. Ingram was very versatile on the floor, had a nice off-the-dribble game and finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Kupchak raves about Ingram’s basketball IQ and readiness.

“He’s got a presence on the floor,” Kupchak said. “He’ll handle the ball. He’ll direct people around. He’s got an uncanny knack for anticipation.”

Unlike Kobe, Ingram won’t have the luxury of breaking in with a teammate at the level buy jerseys wholesale of Shaquille O’Neal or on a winning team. While next season likely won’t be 17-win miserable as the one just completed, the Lakers are young and without an All-Star. Ingram must therefore fight against the effects of possibly losing a string of games, and the occasional poor performance, although his makeup — secure and laid-back — suggest he’ll be mature enough to cope with it.

Also, he isn’t attracting the same soaring level of expectations as Kobe did as a 17-year-old straight from high school. So there will be a comfortable learning period where he can rebound from mistakes and also gain weight, which is his only obvious flaw.

There’s a large magnetic board in Mitch Kupchak’s office containing the names of every player on the Laker roster, and what grabs him every morning is the name that’s missing.

“Not seeing him up there is not a great feeling,” said the Laker general manager. “But I mean, really. We had him for 20 years. You can’t expect that. We’re thankful we had him that long.”

Kobe Bryant is no longer in the building or on the board, and as Kupchak said, the Lakers will suffer if only from the loss of an icon. In the past, the franchise had an astonishing ability to follow one successful era with another, and the question now is this: Is Kobe’s successor already on the roster wholesale jerseys?

If you haven’t noticed, he flipped the vacancy switch on his way out the door.

“He’s gone,” said Kupchak, “and it opens a new chapter.”

The search started in earnest Friday at the Samsung Summer League and intensifies Saturday when Brandon Ingram, who has the highest star ceiling on the roster, is matched against the Sixers and Ben Simmons, putting the draft’s top two picks on the floor. As summer league games go, this is must-see TV.

The Sixers took Simmons over Ingram because they (and other scouts) felt Simmons had better franchise-player qualities. But Ingram doesn’t fit the mold of a booby prize, more like Simmons is 1A and Ingram 1B. That’s how the Lakers see it after witnessing a few scrimmages and his Summer League debut against the Pelicans. Ingram was very versatile on the floor, had a nice off-the-dribble game and finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Kupchak raves about Ingram’s basketball IQ and readiness.

“He’s got a presence on the floor,” Kupchak said. “He’ll handle the ball. He’ll direct people around. He’s got an uncanny knack for anticipation.”

Unlike Kobe, Ingram won’t have the luxury of breaking in with a teammate at the level of Shaquille O’Neal or on a winning team. While next season likely won’t be 17-win miserable as the one just completed, the Lakers are young and without an All-Star. Ingram must therefore fight against the effects of possibly losing a string of games, and the occasional poor performance, although his makeup — secure and laid-back — suggest he’ll be mature enough to cope with it.

Also, he isn’t attracting the same soaring level of expectations as Kobe did as a 17-year-old straight from high school. So there will be a comfortable learning period where he can rebound from mistakes and also gain weight, which is his only obvious flaw.

Week Under Review: Comparing the NFL to the cast of Hamilton

Week Under Review: Comparing the NFL to the cast of Hamilton

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Once you shuffle past criminals, social media trolls, helicopter parents and people who only talk about themselves during social situations, in comes the next tier of annoying humans: those lucky enough to have seen Hamilton with the original cast who won’t shut up about it. That’s where I enter the picture wholesale jerseys.

I saw Hamilton exactly 22 days ago. Since then, I have spent the last 21 days obsessively checking resale ticket prices simply out of curiosity, watching old clips of the cast performing at the White House, the Grammys and on the street, while simultaneously listening to the soundtrack nonstop as if I’m “running out of time.”

• Where Are They Now: Refrigerator Perry is mired in an unstable spiral

My Hamilton infatuation has become so pronounced that I have been poring over interviews with the cast just to see if any of them happen to be particularly ardent NFL fans, a foray to being featured in this column. Turns out my dream of the show’s genius creator, lyricist and Alexander Hamilton portrayer Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyling about the Jets quarterback situation is likely just that (though he does seem to love tennis). Or that proud Oakland native Daveed Diggs, who brilliantly plays Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, going deep on the Raiders is unlikely to happen given that Diggs calls himself a fan of the Raiders and 49ers. (Gotta pick one athletic jerseys wholesale, Prez.)

So instead of trying to bring Hamilton to the NFL, how about bringing the NFL to Hamilton? Several original cast members are leaving next week, and while most replacements are lined up (though curiously not Tony award winner Leslie Odom Jr.’s) things may become unwieldy at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in the post-Miranda era. Have no fear because here’s a replacement cast of NFL figures perfectly suited to play each of Hamilton’s key characters because they share strikingly attributes to that cast in playing to their own house.

Note: These castings are based off Miranda’s adaptation of Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton, not the book itself, which at 832 pages is inherently richer in detail and character development.

Roger Goodell as King George III

And no don’t change the subject. Cuz you’re my favorite subject. My sweet, submissive subject. My loyal, royal subject. Forever and ever and ever and ever.  – King George III (You’ll Be Back)

Too easy. Goodell is already a monarch and brutalized NFL players with little financial guarantee or concerns for their health. His disciplinary system is the epitome of “taxation without representation.” The only question is whether the players will stand up from their freedom when the CBA is up for renewal in 2021. It might behoove them to see Hamilton before then.

• Where Are They Now: Mike Williams stages another football comeback

Tom Brady as Alexander Hamilton

I’m young, scrappy and hungry and I’m not throwing away my shot! – Hamilton (My Shot wholesale cheap jerseys china review)

There was a well-documented time in Brady’s career when he could stand in a room of other quarterbacks like storied Drew Henson or Drew Bledsoe and be asked,  “Who are you?” But like Hamilton, who came to the United States with plenty of reasons not to morph into a legend, Tommy Brady, disregarded at the combine and not drafted until the sixth round by the New England Patriots, would create his own destiny through an intense work ethic and sheer force of will.

Brady has spearheaded the Patriots 15-year dynasty with his “practical, tactical brilliance” but like Hamilton, it has been the extra credit that has catapulted him to legendary status. Hamilton read and wrote like he was “running out of time.” Brady studies film and eats prunes like he’s running out of time. Just like Hamilton, one can argue Brady “changed the game” by perfecting the inside passing attack with a precision that no other quarterback can match.

In an interesting twist, Hamilton spurned his pregnant wife Eliza for Eliza’s sister, who was much more his intellectual equal. Not that Brady can relate. Hamilton also tarnished his otherwise stellar legacy by being caught “cheating” (more on this below).

Bill Belichick as George Washington

Just like Washington’s Continental army lost the New York campaign before it ultimately won the Revolutionary War, Belichick took a character-building career tumble that could have forever derailed his destiny. Fired by then-owner Art Modell of the Cleveland Browns in 1996, wholesale jerseys reviews Belichick was given a second chance in New England. While he possessed the shrewd, astute and affectingly cold leadership traits of Washington, it wasn’t until he found his “right-hand man” in Brady that he became the greatest head coach in NFL history­—the same effect Hamilton had on Washington.

As it stands, given the option, you’re starting any new franchise with Belichick as the leader. Of course, Belichick’s ingenuity as a football general is also colored by his penchant for toeing the line on rules of engagement ever so closely, and perhaps closing them on occasion. How does that compare with America’s most beloved founding father? Turns out, quite well.  According to the official Washington historical website, “George Washington quickly recognized the need for effective intelligence gathering efforts and developed a number of spy rings and secret agents to gather information behind enemy lines.” Sound familiar?