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HS Notes: Another Flutie, Keyshawn, and ‘That Mom’

OK, so it’s still summer. The only thing anyone is paying attention to regarding high school football are those combine, camp and passing events that only die-hard college football fans really drool over.

But … there are some interesting things happening along the fringes, worth keeping your eyes on for now.

Like the fact that there’s another kid named Flutie. Guess where he’s going to college?

Also, an ESPN analyst is taking a part-time gig as a high school receivers coach, and a mom that made a spectacle of National Signing Day might get a second chance in the limelight.

A Fourth Flutie for BC

Stop us if you’ve heard this before – a kid named Flutie will be a quarterback at Boston College.

Just like his dad, his uncle and his cousin before him, Natick (Mass.) High quarterback Todd Flutie verbally committed to the Eagles in mid-June.

Todd’s dad, Darren, was a wide receiver who went on to play in the Canadian Football League. His cousin, Billy, also played wide receiver and special teams.

And you may have heard of his uncle, Doug Flutie, who happens to be the greatest quarterback in Boston College history.

“He’s given me a lot of advice,” Todd Flutie said last fall of his famous uncle. “He’s told me to get out there and do what you do, play how you play, and he works with me all the time. He always gives me advice and tells me to work on footwork and mechanics.”

The latest Flutie commit has a stellar set of statistics in his own right, leading his high school team to the equivalent of the Massachusetts state championship game last season, passing for more than 3,000 yards and rushing for more than 1,000.

He’s ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Massachusetts in the 247Composite Rating for the Class of 2014.

‘Mom’ has another top-recruit son

It was a moment that went down as one of the most memorable in the history of National Signing Day, as prized recruit Landon Collins announced on national television that he would be attending Alabama, much to the very vocal opposition of his mother, April Justin.

Justin wanted her son to attend LSU. But Collins went against his mother’s wishes and enrolled at Alabama, where he appeared in all of Alabama’s 13 games as the Crimson Tide won another national championship.

The drama is over, right? Wrong.

Justin has another son. And he, too, is a top recruit.

Gerald Willis III is a 5-star prospect, according to the 247Composite Rating. Like his brother, he’s a defensive force. Unlike his brother, it’s anticipated that Willis will choose LSU. Other schools that are high on his list right now include Florida and Texas A&M. But as is always the case in the world of recruiting, it’s hard to tell for sure at this point where Willis will commit.

And that could lead to another epic television moment for the family. Justin told ESPN.com earlier this year that if she doesn’t approve of Willis’ decision, she won’t be afraid to voice her opinion again.

“I’m not going to hold my tongue. Bring on that camera,” she said.

As for Willis? He says he definitely learned from his big brother’s mistake.

“No surprises for Mom,” Willis said to ESPN.com. “She’ll be finding out before we get on TV.”


 C’mon, receivers: Keyshawn to coach California team

A California high school football team that’s flirted with the national spotlight in recent years due to its performance on the field now suddenly finds itself squarely in the spotlight … due to a new assistant coach.

Keyshawn Johnson, the former USC and NFL wide receiver and current ESPN NFL analyst, will join the staff at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High as a wide receivers coach, according to OCVarsity.com.

Johnson has a son who will be a freshman on the team this year.

Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson’s son, Rob, is also a wide receivers coach on the team. Rob and Keyshawn were teammates at USC.

Keyshawn will still remain an analyst at ESPN.

“Keyshawn will be at every Tuesday and Wednesday practice, and those are the most important practices of the week,” Bob Johnson told OCVarsity. “He will be at at least half of our games.”

Mission Viejo has spent time in the national rankings, finishing as high as No. 38 nationally in 2010. The Diablos were ranked No. 67 in the final 2012 RivalsHigh100.


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A life-long fan of all things Black and Gold, Carla has joined the ranks of the displaced Pittsburgher, now residing in Nashville, Tenn. She has dabbled in sports media throughout her career, including a stop at a suburban Pittsburgh newspaper, several freelance gigs, and most recently, as a writer, editor and team site producer for a large online media company where she covered high school and college football. She appreciates hockey fans who understand that not all board checks are worth cheering, summer evenings at PNC Park (because it’s tough to admit being a Pirates fan) and midweek MAC football. Follow her on Twitter at @CarlaSwankFox.

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2 Replies to HS Notes: Another Flutie, Keyshawn, and ‘That Mom’

  1. Silver Price says:

    George McDonald (born May 10, 1976 in Fort Wayne, Indiana ) is the offensive coordinator for the Syracuse University football team. Previously, he served as the wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns as well as the Arkansas Razorbacks. He also attended Buena Park High School where he had a fantastic four-year career.

  2. Adan W. Potter says:

    East Carolina assistant coach Pat Washington, a former longtime Tennessee staff member, will be hired as Kentucky’s new wide receivers coach, according to FootballScoop.com.ECU football spokesman Tom McClellan said Washington, who has spent just more than a month with the Pirates, submitted a resignation letter on Friday afternoon, resigning from his position effective Monday, Feb. 20.UK is not allowed to confirm any new hires until two weeks after a job opening has been posted.At ECU, Washington was the running game coordinator and outside receivers coach.He’ll succeed Tee Martin , who confirmed on Wednesday he was leaving the Wildcats after two seasons to become wide receivers coach at Southern California.At UK, Washington, 48, would be in his third job in only few months. He joined East Carolina’s staff on Jan. 6 after coaching the running backs at Southern Miss from 2009 to ’11.He’s best known for coaching the wide receivers at Tennessee from 1995 to 2005, including helping the Volunteers to a national title in 1998.While in Knoxville, Washington coached several standout receivers, including Donte’ Stallworth, Peerless Price and Cedrick Wilson.UK offensive coordinator Randy Sanders and Washington worked together for all of Washington’s 11 years on staff with the Vols. Sanders was an assistant at Tennessee from 1991-2005 and offensive coordinator from 1999-2005 for the Volunteers.Washington is a native of Mobile, Ala., the same hometown as Martin. He graduated from Auburn and spent two years there as a graduate assistant from 1987-88. He’s made brief coaching stops at TCU, Baylor and Mississippi State at other points in his career.

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