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Lakeland (Fla.) tops No. 7 St. Thomas Aquinas, sending another shockwave into Super 25

There will be another new member of the USA TODAY Super 25 come Monday.
In the Class 7A state title game, No. 7 St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) fell short of a second-straight state title, with Lakeland (Fla.) High School taking control of the game in the second half of a 33-20 victory.

On the next play, Lakeland’s Demarkcus Bowman breaks off an 80-yard run. 7-0 Dreadnaughts with 10:08 left in the second quarter. @SSHighSchools pic.twitter.com/r8OkAnmmUK
— (((Adam Lichtenstein))) (@ABLichtenstein) December 8, 2018

Lakeland led throughout a hard-fought tussle, jumping out to a 10-0 lead and then holding on until the edge was as many as 19 points late in the fourth. A final Aquinas touchdown cut the deficit back down to 13, and the Raiders appeared to gather the onside kick. However, further review by the officials determined that Aquinas star Jordan Battle was offsides on the onside attempt, giving Lakeland back the ball and paving the way for the Dreadnaughts to capture the state title.
The loss ends an otherwise overwhelmingly impressive season from Aquinas, which finishes 13-2. The Raiders lost just one regular season game, a surprising 43-27 setback to Miami Central, and topped other traditional powers including DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.), Dwyer High School (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Venice (Fla.) High School to reach the state final.
The championship game was the latest in a series of epic title matchups between the two programs. The previous five games began as Lakeland domination, with the Dreadnaughts taking the first four meetings, between 1996 and 2006, including three straight from 2004-06. Then Aquinas got revenge in a major way with a 56-7 rout in 2008.
Now, 10 years later, the ball is back in Lakeland’s court, with a major upset to show it.

Tough way to end the season for @STA_Football. Jamal Cooney @d1_mal wanted to break it down one last time with the seniors. pic.twitter.com/Fz5Zu5huxc
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) December 8, 2018

Four-star OL Michael Tarquin flips commitment from Miami to Florida

Not only did Florida get a commitment from a 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman on Monday, the program flipped the four-star player from an in-state foe.
North Marion High School (Citra, Fl.) OL Michael Tarquin decommitted from Miami and announced his allegiance to Florida football in the same tweet.
“I planned on the U being my home, but I continued to fall back onto the dream I have had ever since I was young, which was to be a Florida gator (sic),” Tarquin said in the note posted to Twitter. “With that said, I am announcing my commitment to The University of Florida.”

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— Michael Tarquin (@Mike_Tarquin70) December 3, 2018
The re-commitment came just a week after he initially declared for Miami.
Proximity-wise, his childhood affection for the Gators is understandable. North Marion High is a little less than 30 minutes away from Florida. The city of Citra is more than 300 miles away from Miami by car.
If his fandom is by birth, Florida can thank its fortunes for dropping the No. 23 offensive tackle in the country on its doorstep.

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Tarquin has helped North Gibbon reach a 13-2 record this season with one game to go. On Friday, the Colts will play in the state championship.
Then, it’s off to Florida. By the sound of it, Tarquin is firmly set on his choice.
“I have come to realize that the swamp is where I belong,” his tweet read.

Four-star WR/safety Jaquavion Fraziars commits to Florida

Four-star athlete Jaquavion Fraziars committed to Florida, he announced on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
Fraziars, who played wide receiver and safety at Dunnellon High School (Fl.), is expected to play WR for the Gators, according to 247 Sports.
At receiver as a junior, he caught 48 passes for 778 yards.
But on defense he might have posted even more impressive numbers, tallying 107 tackles and five tackles for loss. Fraziars averaged 8.2 tackles per game as a junior.
He is the No. 16 athlete and No. 37 player in the state of Florida in the class of 2020, according to 247 Sports.

1 1 0% COMMITTED #RespectMyDecision #GatorGangXX @crob45 @GatorsFB @247Sports pic.twitter.com/Ltba3CQG5j
— T E N 1⃣0⃣ (@JayFraziars10) December 1, 2018
Fraziar’s versatility isn’t limited to the football field. He also showed proficiency on the baseball diamond, batting .342 in 26 games as a freshman at the varsity level.
Nevertheless, baseball took a backseat to football for the 6-foot-5, 196-pound athlete.

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Florida now has the No. 8 recruiting class of 2020 in the nation with four four-stars and a pair of two-stars committed to the program.
Five of the six commits hail from Florida high schools.

Injury behind him,, 4-star DE Khris Bogle honored to be named to All-American Bowl

Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) defensive end Khris Bogle received his All-American Bowl jersey Tuesday at his school as part of the All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“It’s a great experience,” Bogle told USA TODAY before Tuesday’s ceremony. “I woke up this morning with bubble guts in my stomach, because I’m an All-American. This is just a dream come true, watching the game for the past few years, and finally getting an experience to go up there and show the world what I’m all about.”
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Bogle is ranked by 247 Sports as the seventh-best overall prospect in Florida, and the third-best defensive end in the country, by its composite rankings.
MORE: All-American Bowl Selection Tour

We are at Cardinal Gibbons High School getting ready to honor Defensive End Khris Bogle (@khris_a1) to the #AllAmericanBowl pic.twitter.com/6CyjsdHS67
— All-American Bowl Jersey Presentation Tour (@AABJerseyTour) November 13, 2018

Bogle started the season off with a knee injury that kept him sidelined for the first month. But since he’s returned to the lineup, he’s been a force off the edge; in five games for the Chiefs, who continue their 5A playoff run Friday against Jones (Orlando), Bogle has recorded 28 tackles (8.5 for loss), six sacks, two passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.
Among other things, the shifty Bogle has shown marked improvement at converting speed to power when it comes to pass rushing:

“Our defense is going to carry us to state this year,” Bogle declared. “If our defense can hold opponents to just a touchdown or two, we’ll win for sure.”
Bogle will be making his decision at the All-American Bowl when it commences Jan. 5. He took his third official visit to Alabama this past weekend, to go with previous visits to Texas A&M and Tennessee. He says he’ll definitely be making an official to Miami in early December; the last official will be either Ole Miss, Florida or Oklahoma. Wherever he ends up, he wants to make sure he’s going to a school with a great business program.
Of course, living in a part of South Florida that bleeds Miami Hurricane football — Bogle himself says he grew up rooting for Oregon — those external pressures can be tense.
“Even last night, when I came back [from Alabama], the first thing I did was go to my auntie’s house with my mom to talk about school,” Bogle said. “My auntie wants me to go to Miami, but my mom, she’s undecided right now. We’ve just got to take it day by day.”
The All-American Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 5 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST.

<p><strong>School:</strong> Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/305<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Nebraska<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 65<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 10</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Orange Luthern (Orange, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Quarterback<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/237<br />
<strong>College:</strong> South Carolina<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 111<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Orange Luthern (Orange, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/212<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 13<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Warner Robins (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Tight End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/225<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Auburn<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 223<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 9</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> East Kentwood (Grand Rapids, Mich.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/285<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Wisconsin<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 6<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Centennial (Corona, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Weak-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/260<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 336<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 20</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Upson-Lee (Thomaston, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Defensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/272<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Georgia<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 7<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> West Bloomfield (Mich.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Outside Linebacker<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/201<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Penn State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 49<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 4</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Olentangy Orange (Lewis Center, Ohio)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Weak-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5.5/243<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 2<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/302<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 24<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Marist School (Atlanta, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/195<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Notre Dame<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 22<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Buford (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Long Snapper<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-0/235<br />
<strong>College:</strong> LSU<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 3,232<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Buford (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Center<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/300<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Ohio State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 50<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Marietta (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/187<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Tennessee<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 108<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 17</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Roswell (Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Outside Linebacker<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/205<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 94<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

<p><em>Photo: AAG</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Strong-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/280<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Michigan<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 36<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2.5/196<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 11<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Blessed Trinity Catholic (Roswell, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/215<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Ohio State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 173<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 8</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Walton (Marietta, Ga.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/187<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Georgia<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 35<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 5</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/185<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 81<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 14</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Carlsbad (Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> ATH/Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/215<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Washington<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 295<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 14</p>

<p><em>Photo: AAG</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> West Lafayette High School (Ind.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/260<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Purdue<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 71<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 5</p>

<p><em>Photo: AAG</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> William Amos Hough (Cornelius, N.C.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-0/185<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Wake Forest<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 238<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 33</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Lausanne Collegiate (Memphis, Tenn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 5-10/193<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Michigan<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 86<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Harding University (Charlotte, N.C.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/230<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 52<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Southern University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Guard<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/356<br />
<strong>College:</strong> LSU<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 67<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Southern University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Running Back<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/230<br />
<strong>College:</strong> LSU<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 106<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-0/186<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Michigan<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 8<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 1</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: Laurel (Miss.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/270<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 79<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 13</p>

<p><em>Photo: AAG</em></p>

<p><strong>School</strong>: Lloyd C. Bird (Chesterfield, Va.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/195<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Virginia Tech<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 142<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/207<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 95<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 6</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Safety<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-1/200<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Ohio State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 171<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 16</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: West Jones (Laurel, Miss.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Strong-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/285<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Alabama<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 189<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 14</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: Wall (Belmar, N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Long Snapper<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-0/210<br />
<strong>College:</strong> N.C. State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 3002<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School</strong>: Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Tackle<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-7/350<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Georgia<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 164<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 22</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Punter<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/175<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Notre Dame<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 2027<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 2</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Colonia (N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Strong-Side Defensive End<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/285<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Alabama<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 51<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 3</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Pro-style Quarterback<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 5-11/203<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Alabama<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 173<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 5</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, Conn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Punter<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/190<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Princeton<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> NR<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> NR</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Auburn (Ala.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Outside Linebacker<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/215<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 109<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 9</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wide Receiver<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/195<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 181<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 26</p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Hun School (Princeton, N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Offensive Guard<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/307<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Penn State<br />
<strong>247Sports:</strong> 92<br />
<strong>Position Rank:</strong> 4</p>

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Former athletes not surprised by Nation Christian (Fla.) CEO Mike Woodbury's tirade

Mike Woodbury, the CEO of The Nation Basketball Academy (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), is under fire after audio footage leaked of him verbally berating a player for transferring.
Woodbury’s profanity-laced words to departing senior Marvens Petion, who has since transferred to nationally ranked West Oaks Academy (Orlando, Fla.), were posted to YouTube this week.
RELATED: Player departs team after Nation Christian CEO Mike Woodbury’s vulgar tirade recorder | The Nation (Fla.) HS coach verbally berates player for transferring
Woodbury’s tirade has drawn the ire of many in the sports world. On Thursday afternoon, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell tweeted out his disapproval.

This is terrible! He should be fired and not be allowed to coach again! How are you gonna tell a kid that you control his future because he wants to transfer! Some people abuse their power over young athletes and it is sad! Make sure everyone knows his name too MIKE WOODBURY! https://t.co/XTv5vjHyDU
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) November 1, 2018

Before Woodbury moved to Florida, he coached youth teams for nearly two decades in his home state of Maine. As the Portland Press Herald reports, athletes who played on his club teams described similar mistreatment from Woodbury.
“I knew this day would come,” Emily Rousseau, 29, said of Woodbury to the Press Herald. “I honestly just thought it would come years ago.”
Rousseau, who played at Biddeford (Maine) High School followed by the University of Maine and Stonehill College (Mass.), was on Woodbury’s Maine Elite team in the spring of her sophomore year of high school, per the Press Herald.
“He several times referred to us as sperm banks. Yep, when we were 15,” she said. “If he wanted us to go into a game he would pull our ponytail and drag us to the scorer’s table. We had an African-American girl on our team and he said if she didn’t start playing better there would be a hate crime.”
Former Thornton Academy (Saco, Maine) and Bentley University (Mass.) player Andrew Shaw told the Press Herald that the use of foul language was common in his four years playing for Woodbury’s club hoops teams.
“I wish I would have had the gumption to record some of the stuff he said to me and my teammates,” Shaw said. “The F-word is probably every third word out his mouth. Some of what’s in (the recording) is mild compared to what he used to do.”
Shaw shared a story with the Press Herald of the time Woodbury told a 16-year-old player he should jump off the Piscataqua River Bridge because he had played poorly at a tournament in Mass.

A former #Maine basketball coach was caught on audio cursing out & threatening a student at his own school in Florida, and some of his former players say they aren't surprised.https://t.co/dXR5EAyXXY
— Portland Press Herald (@PressHerald) October 31, 2018

“He certainly scarred me, and I know he scarred some of my teammates far worse than me,” Shaw said. “In some ways I used him as a means to an end to get a full scholarship. I did that, but I don’t love basketball anymore or enjoy what happened to me.”
Per the Press Herald, the audio has led one former Maine athlete to decide to leave The Nation Christian Academy. Former George Stevens Academy (Blue Hill, Maine) basketball standout Taylor Schildroth was on Nation Christian’s post-graduate roster, but Wednesday he announced on Twitter his intent to leave the school.

Time to bounce back pic.twitter.com/1I2aVcneY9
— Taylor Schildroth (@taylorrS15) October 31, 2018

Per the Press Herald, Woodbury was owner and operator of MB Nation, a club basketball team based in southern Maine that formed in 2008. Prior to that, he ran other club basketball programs, coaching a Maine basketball team in 2011 that won a national AAU boys’ Division I 12th-grade championship.