This blog was updated Sunday at 8:05 p.m. to correct the status of racewalk runner-up A.J. Gruttadauro.
Leading off today: New York's Division I football prospects have been firming up their college plans at a brisk pace in the past week, with Syracuse University snaring two of the three rising seniors who've made recent decisions.
Syracuse.com reported Sunday that Half Hollow Hills West receiver Cameron Jordan, third-team all-state last fall in Class AA, had picked Syracuse and first-year head coach Dino Babers. As a 6-foot-4 junior with 4.51 speed in the 40, Jordan caught 29 passes for a gaudy 854 yards in 2015.
The news about Jordan broke one day after 6-foot-1 Fayetteville-Manlius defensive back/receiver Eric Coley also selected the Orange. If Coley's name isn't familiar it's because a recent transfer from the Kalamazoo, Mich., area. He's the son of SU defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds, hired away from Western Michigan by Babers.
He was an all-area player last fall as a junior in Michigan.
Coley's decision allowed SU to salvage a split for the week on Central New York talent after 6-1 Syracuse CBA receiver Noah Jordan-Williams opted for Boston College. Williams was fifth-team all-state in Class A last fall.
Watson triumphs: Rush-Henrietta junior Sammy Watson continued her stellar track and field season with a victory Saturday in the 800 meters during the USATF Junior Championships in Clovis, Calif., on Saturday.
Watson (2:02.91) and runner-up Aaliyah Miller (2:02.96), a Baylor recruit from Texas, both qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials next weekend in Eugene, Ore., despite blistering heat on the track but will pass up that meet to focus on the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, beginning July 19. Ruby Stauber, an LSU recruit, was third in 2:03.43.
Watson was unfazed by an opening 60-second lap by Rachel Pocratsky of Virginia Tech. She crept into the lead in the final 100 meters as Pocratsky faded to fifth and then fought off Miller at the tape.
Watson, the World Youth Champion last summer, will arrive at the World Juniors two years younger than most of the field but likely with one of the top U20 times in the world this season.
• A.J. Gruttadauro (Brockport) placed second in the boys 10-kilometer racewalk. But lacking an international quaifying time he will not be part of the U.S. team heading to Poland.
Baseball showcase: Players began arriving in Rochester on Sunday for the 2016 New York Games, Prep Baseball Report's invitation-only showcase events scheduled for June 27-29.
Scouts from three MLB franchises and coaches from more than 70 colleges attended the 2015 event for 190 players. PBR officials say more than 20 of those players received Division I offers.
Players are selected by their regional coach through tryouts, previous PBR New York events and recommendations from high school coaches.
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