‘Tis the season to be offered.
Several Pensacola-area seniors already have Division I-A football scholarship offers, and that list added another name on Sunday as PHS cornerback Darryl Randolph picked up his first.
The speedy defensive back received a scholarship offer from new Conference USA member Middle Tennessee after an impressive showing at a camp on the Murfreesboro campus.
“He got the offer at the camp on Sunday,” Pensacola coach Mike Bennett said. “He liked Middle Tennessee a lot. It’s a really nice place.”
Randolph wasn’t the only Tiger that received an offer on Sunday, as linebacker Xavier White also picked up an offer from NAIA school Lindsey Wilson.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Randolph has been fairly high on college coaches’ radar for a couple of years, ever since making the transition from tailback to cornerback.
“He’s such a good cover guy,” Bennett said. “Last year in the Milton game against (Dejon) Funderburk and (Isaiah) Jones, they only had four catches total.
“We moved him from tailback to corner and he’s going to be starting there for the third year. I thought he was very athletic, and I knew it was a whole lot easier to be recruited as a corner than a running back.”
The area now has a total of seven players holding Division I-A offers: Randolph; Catholic — Delvin Purifoy (committed to Florida State), Cody Henry (Florida Atlantic), Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama); West Florida — Lawrence Lee (committed to Tennessee), Rocell McWilliams (committed to Missouri); Escambia — George Rutherford (Memphis).
West Florida to host 7-on-7 event
For the second straight summer, West Florida High will host a 7-on-7 tournament at Ashton Brosnaham Park in Pensacola.
Jaguars coach Harry Lees started the event last summer, partially as a fundraiser and also to help continue his squad’s development in the spread attack.
“It’s a one-day event and last year we did a little round-robin thing,” Lees said. “Every team played six or seven games. They probably got more than they wanted. We want to make sure we can go out and everybody competes and gets their money’s worth.”
The event will feature mostly local teams in the 7-on-7 pass skeleton competition. Lees said he’s expecting 10 teams for the event.
“Last year, we had a big crowd planned, we started with 20 teams and people started dropping out,” Lees said. “This year, I think with Alabama passing the rule that they can have only four dates in the summer, it hurt us a little bit.
“The goal is still to make sure everybody gets enough games, gets enough competition so that they feel they got their money’s worth.”
If your team is interested in playing in the West Florida 7-on-7 shootout, contact Harry Lees at 380-9738.
Young heading back to CACC
Tempted by the Cleveland Indians, who selected him in the 21st round of the MLB first-year player draft, Milton High grad Paul Young announced on Tuesday that he plans to return to Central Alabama Community College for his sophomore season.
Young — who informed the News Journal of the decision via a text message — was one of the more unique stories in last week’s MLB draft, going from an everyday outfielder for the Trojans to being one of the top pitchers in the country by the end of the season.
He pitched the Trojans to the NJCAA World Series championship with a 2-0 record, 1 save and a 2.84 ERA in the tournament. He finished the year 5-0 with two saves and a 2.45 ERA.