Suiting up: Schuylerville senior Orion Anderson is playing football for the first time since eighth grade. If his name sounds familiar, Anderson has won two NYSPHSAA state championships, the latest last season at 120 pounds.
Anderson played linebacker and recovered a pair of fumbles, including one for a touchdown, in Schuylerville's 47-14 win over Schalmont in Week 1. The team improved to 2-0 with a 44-26 win over Hudson.
"I knew I could be a help to this team and I always loved playing," he told The Daily Gazette last
Anderson expects to wrestle at 132 this season and has already committed to compete for Binghamton University in 2018.
Long list of suitors: It's not that they're not coveted by college coaches, but few of the best high school basketball players ever accumulate more than 20 scholarship offers during their high school career. It's largely because many top prospects already have certain schools in mind at the beginning of the process.
Whether it's based on academics, geography, coaches, program tradition or other considerations, they tend to trim the list to 10 of 15 potential schools fairly quickly. At that point, schools that have not already offered usually see no value in doing so. Among other things, declining to offer the mega-elites is reassuring to the three- and four-star prospects that the coaching staff is legitimately pursuing and might land. A good point guard will be reluctant to commit if he thinks his preferred school is still in the hunt for a great one who will end up playing 35 minutes a night.
In that context, what's going on with Lawrence Woodmere Academy junior Aidan Igiehon is kind of off the charts.
Coming off his second-team all-state selection in Class B last winter and an excellent summer, Igiehon recently told nychoops.net that he has "about 37 or 38 offers." The list of colleges includes Arizona, Georgetown, Oregon, Syracuse, Villanova, USC, Virginia, Wake Forest and Xavier.
Igiehon, who's reportedly drown to 6-foot-10, is in demand because he's both mobile and showing an improved outside shooting touch.
Earlier today: Today's first blog recapped Saturday's football highlights, including an impressive win by Iona Prep against Rhode Island's seven-time defending champion.
Coming Monday: Rankings season on the New York State Sportswriters Association website commences with the release of the first set of boys soccer ratings around mid-morning.