Through Their Eyes – Chandler Carr – Volume Two

30 04 2009

Chandler Carr, quarterback for Bolles High School (Jacksonville, Florida), takes time in his second-entry to catch us up on his experience at a Nike skills camp held this past week at Florida State University.


After a tiring 17 hour day traveling to the Athens, Ga., Elite 11 on Friday, it was time to head to Tallahassee in order to attend the Nike Training Camp  at Florida State University on Sunday.

I was really looking forward to the camp because it was much closer to Jacksonville, (only a 2 ½ hour ride) and I was going with two friends, quarterbacks Trenton Parete from Bishop Kenny High School, and Kevin Payment, from Creekside High School.

The first thing we did when we got to FSU was to check in inside the Moore Athletic Center. You couldn’t miss the two National Championship trophies behind the front desk. They took us back in an area near the weight room and measured and weighed us. I tipped the scales at 201, which is good as I have been working really hard to get my playing weight above 200 for my upcoming senior year. We also got a chance to pass through the football weight and locker rooms and they were really nice.

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A Touch of the Divine in the Form of a High School Quarterback – The Bolles School’s Chandler Carr

22 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

Chandler Carr

Those that say chivalry is dead haven’t met Chandler Carr, junior at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida.

As much a Southern gentleman as one might find living in the twenty-first century — he answers questions with a very respectful “yes, sir” or “no, sir,” is an avid fan of country music, and is, unlike his two oldest siblings, a true fan of the Florida Gators — Chandler exemplifies the romanticism of the Old South, and is mindful — almost to a fault — of a proud Christian family tradition of humility and helping others.

One gets the sense in talking to the Carr family that if, given the proper opportunity, Chandler might very well end up a prominent force in a local St. John’s County Baptist congregation — perhaps someone heading up the church’s benevolence fund, becoming intimately involved in ministering to middle and high school youth, or leading fellow Christian followers on missionary trips abroad.  Christ, after all, rings true in all that the Carr family represents; and the youngest child of a blended family comprised of three other older half-brothers, Chandler is very much the sheep the fold doesn’t expect to stray far from the flock.

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West Virginia Bill Seeks to Require Athletic Directors for Schools

18 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

The Charleston Daily Mail of West Virginia reveals recently that the state legislature is currently reviewing a bill introduced by Brady Paxton, D-Putnam, of the House of Representatives and Bob Plymale, D-Wayne, in the Senate calling for the state’s high schools to be required to hire athletic directors in order to maintain secondary education sports programs.

The legislation, notes the Daily Mail, seeks to require every high school in the state with 13 or more varsity sports to hire a full-time representative at the position of athletic director, while institutions with 12 or less would be mandated to bring a part-time director on board. At this point in time, the article states that “only about a dozen full-time athletic directors” are currently employed by schools in West Virginia.

Hoping to address an expectation which currently encourages school administrators already stretched thin with issues relating to academic performance and matters of discipline to double as the managing party for their respective school’s athletic programs, the bill has gained strong support from many local boards of education. The legislation faces what the Daily Mail refers to as “an uphill battle,” however, given that the move to require athletic directors in the state’s high schools would come at a cost nearing $6 million.

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Elite 11 Quarterback Camp – Ft. Worth, Texas

15 04 2009

A freelantz contribution; written by Jessica Lantz

Published by Athlon Sports on April 15, 2009

9351_groupApproximately 75 of the region’s best young quarterbacks, along with their families, coaches and other supporters arrived on the TCU campus on April 4 to show off their skills at the Fort Worth EA Sports Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camp. Each player arrived on the 82 degree spring day with a sparkle in their eye, a spring in their step and a football in hand in the hopes of impressing the camp’s staff members, media and spectators, and-of course-their fellow participants.

Some participants were seen early on heading to the TCU Horned Frogs’ Amon G. Carter Stadium before heading over to the practice field, perhaps to envision themselves as the starting quarterback for a Top-25 program. Yet, after arriving at their final destination — the TCU practice facilities — and checking in with the staff awaiting their arrival, it was time to get to work with warm-ups and instructions and then by breaking off into small groups. Then, everyone moved through various indoor and outdoor stations to show off their skill sets and receive constructive criticism from the staffers. The drills had the athlete work on speed, agility, decision-making, route running, listening to instructions, accuracy and strength of body, arm and mind. All of which took place at a fast and rotating pace, ensuring that everyone was alert, attentive and at their best for the duration of the two-hour workout.

Although the pace was furious, the prep stars excelled in these drills, with few faltering and all giving 100 percent effort throughout the exhausting day. And even when shortcomings and opportunities for improvement were pointed out to the athletes, the spoken words of advice were taken to heart not only to improve and impress, but also to convert the dream of playing collegiate football into a reality.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the standouts on the day:

Trae Davis, the gunslinger for Mexia H.S. took the honors of winning the Golden Gun Accuracy Award at the camp. The award was given after the entire field of competitors was narrowed down to the five most accurate performers on the day. These young men then faced off head-to-head to see who could end the day hitting their stationary targets. After participating in the challenge and being required to take it to a ‘throw-off’, Davis actually stuck a ball into the final target, securing his victory and bringing aahhs to the crowd. Davis threw for 1,801 yards and 17 touchdowns in his junior season for the Black Cats. Read the rest of this entry »

Elite 11 Quarterback Camp – Ft. Worth, Texas – Photo Journal P

15 04 2009

A freelantz submission; All photographs property of PRISM/freelantz
Photos may not be used without permission

Sampling of photographic work from Elite 11 Camp on April 4, 2009.


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New Dog, Old Tricks – USC and the “Silent” Verbal Commitment

10 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

University of Southern California head coach Pete Carroll has come up with a unique, yet simple way to counter moves by other programs like UCLA, Arizona State, and Notre Dame, who, in the past, heavily targeted recruits that announced early commitments to the Trojans football program.

uscRather than immediately announcing a decision to verbally commit to USC, Carroll is apparently instructing many of his high-caliber recruits to “remain silent for awhile,” such that the Trojans’ recruiting efforts are allowed to continue without harassment while other programs — this year, for instance, the Texas Longhorns, Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida, Louisiana State, and Michigan — vie for the national spotlight with what Matt Hinton describes as “unprecedented early efforts” in snatching up a large number of verbal commitments.

The move toward keeping quiet, Hinton writes in an article for Yahoo! Sports, isn’t exactly a new ploy; Florida State, he notes, for instance, was well-known for utilizing a similar approach in the nineties in which early year disappointments in landing highly-touted players generally ended up yielding a “top of the rankings” class on National Signing Day.

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The Fight to Save Driscoll . . .

9 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

Citing falling enrollment and dwindling finances, Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison, Illinois — a program which has won seven consecutive Class 4A state championships under two different coaches (doing so by an average of four touchdowns each time) and compiled an overall record of 92-6 since 2002 — is closing its doors at the end of this school year, reports the Chicago Tribune.

It is a “very, very difficult” decision, notes Brother Kevin Convey, Director of Education for the institution, who is a member of the order of Christian Brothers of the Midwest.  Yet, families which can afford the 43 year-old academy’s $8,000-a-year tuition have grown scarcer over time, Convey suggests.   At the same point, public and private elementary schools in the local area acting as a pipeline for Driscoll have also suffered a significant decline in overall enrollment.driscollhs

“Be assured that we did not come to this decision lightly or quickly,” a letter from Bishop Francis Carr, provincial of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, addressed to parents read late last week, the Tribune states.

Doug Delaney, an official of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, backs Bishop Carr’s assessment, telling The Naperville Sun, “This has been a topic of discussion for several months.  The enrollment of the school has declined significantly and I think the economic downturn certainly hasn’t helped the situation.”  Delaney continues, adding that on a personal level, “The decision is gut wrenching.  It’s probably the worst thing you have to do is to close a school or close a parish.”

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