Wesley Annan couldn’t wait long to make his move. The 6-foot-4, 289-pound Lake Forest Academy defensive lineman received a scholarship offer from Stanford early Monday, then called the Cardinal coaching staff and committed late Monday night. “I’ve visited there before and it has everything that I wanted,” said Annan, who visited Maryland last weekend. “Academically, it’s a great school. Athletically, they have everything, and socially you can’t get anything better than that. It’s also such a beautiful place. I just needed to talk to my parents.”
Harry Giles III was so pumped to be playing again in a high school basketball game that he made a freshman mistake, eating just a few hours before the first game of the season for No. 2-ranked Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.) on Nov. 11. “He was so excited that first game that he didn’t sleep the night before and had a cookout burger and some other food about 4:30 in the afternoon before our game,” Wesleyan Christian coach Keith Gatlin said. “He ended up cramping up and not playing but three minutes in the fourth quarter. We laughed about it later.”
In the day’s first game, Victory Prep, featuring the area’s No. 1-ranked sophomore, 6-8 Jarred Vanderbilt, went up against Aldine Davis, which showcases No. 2-ranked sophomore Royce Hamm (6-7). Both players had an outstanding game in Victory Prep’s 74-61 win. Vanderbilt displayed an excellent all-around game en route to 23 points and 14 rebounds. Hamm had 25 points. “We love our sophomore, but you can tell Houston has a lot of young talent, and it was definite today,” Victory Prep coach Rodney McCray said. “They have an exciting big man who plays hard. It was a nice matchup between the teams, and both guys played pretty well.”
Noah DeHond had been to Notre Dame before, but the 2016 New York offensive lineman’s trip to South Bend this past weekend was different. “It went great,” the 6-foot-7, 300-pound junior from Rochester said. “We stopped in Bowling Green to pick up my sister and stay the night there. Then we finished the drive on Saturday. We got there, hung out in the Gug for a little bit and then went to warmups.
Fred Hansard, accompanied by his mother and father, picked up an offer from Kyle Flood Saturday, following Rutgers’ 45-23 win over the Indiana Hoosiers. The 6-4, 290-pound Hun (Princeton, N.J.) defensive tackle, also holds an offer from Temple, and is poised for a national recruitment. “A lot of schools are telling me they like my footwork, my speed, my quickness and my hands,” said Hansard, who transferred from Camden Catholic prior to the 2014 season and re-classified from a junior to a sophomore.