Recruiting Notebook (cont.)
Posted: Monday March 10, 2008 3:31PM; Updated: Monday March 10, 2008 3:53PM
Pryor has delayed choosing a college -- his finalists are Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and Penn State -- because he wants to focus on winning a state title in basketball. That could hit a snag if any Jeannette players are suspended for Wednesday's state semifinal as a punishment for their role in postgame fight Saturday.
The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League will hold a hearing Tuesday to decide whether any of the Jeannette or North Catholic players should be punished. Pryor's role in the fight was limited, the Tribune-Review reported, because Rob Stauffer, an assistant at host school Hempfield, held back the 6-6, 225-pounder.
College programs spend a fortune trying to identify the next set of great football players, but there isn't a recruiting system in place to find the next great college coach. Well, add this name to the list of five-star recruits for the coaching class of 2018: Joshua Irizarry.
Irizarry, a 12-year-old from Southington, Conn., fired off an application to become West Virginia's next coach after Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan. In a letter to WVU president Mike Garrison, Irizarry claimed his skill set included "making up new plays to fool defenses in local sandlot games." Irizarry also promised a huge public relations boost for WVU, which briefly considered former Auburn coach Terry Bowden before promoting Bill Stewart to head coach after Stewart led the Mountaineers to a Fiesta Bowl win against Oklahoma.
Irizarry obviously needs to start somewhere smaller -- he mentioned Temple in his letter to Garrison -- but he has the right idea. Though just 12, he understands that today's big-time coaches are CEOs. He also understands his time will come. He plans to attend WVU in the hopes of becoming a coach or a trainer.
"I told the president in an e-mail after to keep my letter on file," Irizarry told The Associated Press.
That might be a good idea. WVU athletic director Ed Pastilong is retiring in 2010.
Oklahoma signee arrested
Receiver Josh Jarboe, an Oklahoma signee from Decatur, Ga., was arrested last Thursday and charged with receiving stolen property and having a weapon on school property. Details of the arrest were unknown because the police report had not been completed, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
At an Oklahoma spring practice last Friday, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he would reserve judgment on Jarboe's situation until after he learns the facts of the case.
"We haven't had time to find out all the details, so until -- it wouldn't be appropriate until I knew exactly all the details and talked to the people involved over in that area," Stoops told the Tulsa World. "So it's premature for me to have anything to say."
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