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Middle Creek kicker gets first college offer


Jul 30, 2014

Middle Creek's Michael Rubino punts the ball at the HighSchoolOT Jamboree.

Middle Creek's Michael Rubino punts the ball at the HighSchoolOT Jamboree.

Middle Creek Mustang kicker and punter Michael Rubino has received his first full scholarship offer to play football at the next level.

Appalachian State has offered the 6-foot-3 rising senior, Middle Creek Head Coach Mike Castellano said Wednesday.

In 2013, Rubino was an all-conference kicker and punter in the 4-A Southwest Wake Athletic Conference. He was also the conference's Special Teams Player of the Year. He also plays basketball at Middle Creek.

Rubino's foot helped the Mustangs to a 12-3 overall record last season and an undefeated 7-0 mark in the SWAC. The team fell to Wake Forest by a point in the 4-AA eastern regional final.

Rubino starts his senior season at Middle Creek Aug. 22 against rival Garner. The Mustangs will also be featured in a 6:15 p.m. game against Southern Durham during the HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree at Cardinal Gibbons on Aug. 16.

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Green Hope's Dixon gets Boston College offer


Jul 30, 2014

Bryce Dixon(6) carries the ball for Green Hope. Cary Senior High travels to Green Hope on Friday September 27, 2013. The visiting Imps are turned back by Green Hop 20 to 16.  Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

Bryce Dixon(6) carries the ball for Green Hope. Cary Senior High travels to Green Hope on Friday September 27, 2013. The visiting Imps are turned back by Green Hop 20 to 16. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

Green Hope all-around athlete Bryce Dixon earned his first college offer Tuesday morning.

Dixon, a rising junior for the Falcon football team, was offered by Boston College, according to head coach Kwame Dixon.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect spends most of his time at wide receiver and defensive back in Green Hope's offense, though he also shares time at running back.

Green Hope went 5-7 last season and 2-5 in the 4-A Southwest Wake Athletic Conference. The Falcons' season came to an end with a first-round playoff loss to Wakefield.

Dixon and the Falcons begin their next chapter Aug. 22 at home against Cardinal Gibbons. The team also plays the first game of the HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree on Aug. 16, taking the field against East Wake at noon at Cardinal Gibbons.

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Millbrook linebacker Smith-Williams commits to NC State


Jul 23, 2014

Wake Forest's #28 Jamal Sweet runs the ball as Wake Forest gets by Millbrook in 27 to 24 in OT on Friday night November 29, 2013 in round three of the NCHSAA Football playoffs. (Photo by Jack Tarr)

Wake Forest's #28 Jamal Sweet runs the ball as Wake Forest gets by Millbrook in 27 to 24 in OT on Friday night November 29, 2013 in round three of the NCHSAA Football playoffs. (Photo by Jack Tarr)

Millbrook linebacker James Smith-Williams verbally committed to play football with the N.C. State Wolfpack Tuesday evening, according to his head coach Clarence Inscore.

Smith-Williams, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound rising senior was offered by the Wolfpack in June. He chose N.C. State over other offers from schools including Appalachian State, Davidson, Elon, Charleston Southern, James Madison, Mercer and Western Carolina.

The starting linebacker recorded 70 tackles, ten tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries during his junior season at Millbrook in 2013.

Last season, Millbrook played to a 10-4 record and went 5-2 in the Cap-8 Conference before falling to Wake Forest in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association state playoffs in quadruple overtime.

Millbrook's 2014 season kicks off Aug. 22 with a home game against the Fuquay-Varina Bengals. The Wildcats will also compete in the HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree against Jack Britt on Aug. 16 at Cardinal

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Britt's Stevenson offered by Cornell


Jul 22, 2014

Jack Britt High School Logo

Jack Britt High School Logo

Jack Britt linebacker Joseph Stevenson picked up an offer on Monday from Cornell, according to his high school coach Brian Rimpf.

Stevenson was second in Cumberland County last season with 139 tackles. He also recorded 14 pass break-ups, eight tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles. He also scored one defensive touchdown.

The performance earned Stevenson, a rising senior, second team all-conference honors in the Mid-South 4-A Conference.

Jack Britt is coming off a 9-4 season in which the Bucs finished league play with a perfect 6-0 record. Garner defeated Jack Britt in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-AA state playoffs, 63-56.

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Heritage's Baker commits to Elon


Jul 10, 2014

Matt Baker (32) for Heritage. Millbrook spoils Heritage home coming with a victory of 21 to 16. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

Matt Baker (32) for Heritage. Millbrook spoils Heritage home coming with a victory of 21 to 16. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

A week after Heritage defensive player Jeff Gemmell announced his commitment to UNC-Charlotte, the Huskies have another football player who will play at the next level.

Matt Baker, a linebacker and running back at Heritage High, verbally committed to Elon University on Wednesday, according to Heritage head coach Jason McGeorge.

Baker was offered by Elon on June 20.

"Matt ran very well while we were at Elon's Team Camp," McGeorge said. "He is a very athletic, explosive player. Matt is very excited about his opportunity at Elon and is looking forward to his senior season."

Elon offered the 6-foot, 208-pound rising senior as a linebacker. During his junior year, Baker recorded 85 tackles, three sacks, 15 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and one interception.

On offense, he averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored three times, with two touchdowns in the team's season-ending loss to Scotland in the first round of the state playoffs. 

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