Basketball recruiting: George Mason's midnight prospect madness


Basketball recruiting: George Mason's midnight prospect madness

Like most schools, George Mason's Midnight Madness event is not simply about ginning up excitement for the upcoming season. Showing off the program to potential recruits is most definitely another component and one the Patriots focused on Friday night at the Patriot Center.

At least seven prospects attended the festivities on the Fairfax campus, a source familiar with the proceedings told

Members of the 2014 class included guards Evan Taylor (Paul VI), John Crosby (Baltimore Polytechnic), 6-foot-4 Omari George (Baltimore/City College High), and New Jersey products Abdul Lewis and Ishmael Sanogo.

Middleburg Academy (Va.) small forward Delonte Jones and teammate Brandon Alston , a 6-foot-4 guard from Vienna, represented the 2015 class.

Definitively linking players to a specific program two and three years away is largely unwise, but Patriots coach Paul Hewitt continues his aggressive pursuit of talent in and outside the DMV. Recent commitments include incoming freshman guard and All-Met Player of the Year Patrick Holloway (Paul VI) and Jalen Jenkins, a 6-foot-6 power forward from the Bronx (NY).

The 6-foot-3 Taylor, who is reportedly also considering West Virginia and Wake Forest, is described by ESPN's college basketball recruiting site as "a skilled and smart point guard with excellent size and length. His passing and ability to make open shots allows him to positively affect the game."

Taylor ranks 24th at his position among members of the 2014 class per ESPN, five slots ahead of the 6-foot-2 Crosby.

Virginia Tech, Nebraska and Drexel are other schools in the hunt for George, according to

The 6-foot-7 Lewis and Sanogo, a 6-foot-5 combo forward, both played last season for East Side (N.J.).

Heisman Hopefuls: Too little, too late for Leonard Fournette


Heisman Hopefuls: Too little, too late for Leonard Fournette

It took awhile, but Leonard Fournette finally looked like the player we all knew he could be. On Saturday against Ole Miss, Fournette rushed for 284 yards and three touchdowns in just 16 carries. It's too bad it won't matter in terms of the Heisman race.

Heading into this season Fournette was a player to watch given how he started the 2015 season. He faded after a poor performance against Alabama, but his talent cannot be denied. Fournette's 2016 season has been a struggle, but on Saturday he finally broke through.

After Saturday's performance, Fournette is actually getting some love from experts in terms of the Heisman race (like here and here). With all due respect to Fournette, who is absolutely remarkable, this is completely ridiculous.


Fournette has been hampered by injuries this season and has missed three games as a result. That right there virtually knocks him out of the running. Add in the fact that LSU is only playing 11 games this season because the South Alabama game was canceled, that means his Heisman resume will be only eight games, nine at the most if LSU somehow reaches the SEC Championship game. Whatever Fournette does for the rest of the season, it's going to be hard for him to prove he is more deserving of the Heisman than any of the other contenders who have been great for 12+ games.

Plus, it's not as if Fournette has been unreal in every game he has played this year. Before the Ole Miss game, Fournette was averaging just under 130 rushing yards per game. That's not bad, but it's not all that Heisman worthy either.

So no, Fournette is not among the Heisman hopefuls this week despite his monster performance. Enjoy it LSU fans, it was a phenomenal game, but it was not enough to put him back in Heisman contention.

If Fournette is out, who's in? Find out in this week's Heisman Hopefuls gallery.

College Football Playoff projections: Ohio State still controls its own destiny


College Football Playoff projections: Ohio State still controls its own destiny

No longer among the ranks of the unbeatens, Ohio State’s playoff chances certainly took a hit Saturday with their loss to Penn State.

But let’s not start digging their grave just yet.

Michigan now sits atop the Big Ten East standings, but they still have to finish the season with the big game against the Buckeyes. And it’s at Ohio State.


The truth is, if the Buckeyes win out, they still will win the Big Ten East and will have a chance to play (likely) either Nebraska or Wisconsin for the conference championship.

Will the committee really leave a one-loss Big Ten champion out of the playoff? Perhaps, if either Baylor or West Virginia remain undefeated, but if the winner of the Big 12 has at least one loss, it’s hard to see how either team would get in over Ohio State.

Again, assuming they win out, the Buckeyes will have beaten Oklahoma in Norman, Wisconsin in Madison, Nebraska, Michigan and the Big Ten West winner. Neither Baylor or West Virginia can match that resume.

So let’s not declare Ohio State’s playoff hopes done just yet. Their biggest challenge is likely rival Michigan, and the Wolverines have to travel to Columbus. That’s a very tough place to play, especially if you’re wearing maize and blue.

Will the Buckeyes ultimately reach the playoff despite their loss to Penn State? Who else will join them? Found out here in this week’s updated College Football Playoff projections.