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George Washington becomes Howard Washington's 12th scholarship offer

By Keith McShea

Howard Washington, the Canisius standout sophomore point guard, received his 12th Division I scholarship offer recently from George Washington of the Atlantic 10. 

Washington confirmed the offer today via direct message.

Last week we detailed Washington's list of suitors in a Prep Talk blog post.

Middle Early College's Keir Anderson to Pensacola State JC

Keir Anderson (photo provided by Middle Early College coach Randy Rich)By Keith McShea

Keir Anderson, a second-team All-Western New York selection in 2013 for Middle Early College, has signed a letter of intent with Pensacola (Fla.) State. 

Pensacola State competes at the Division I level of the National Junior College Athletic Association

Anderson spent this past season at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C.

St. Bonaventure the 11th school to offer scholarship to Canisius H.S. sophomore Howard Washington

By Keith McShea

Howard Washington, the standout sophomore guard for Canisius High, has continued to attract Division I scholarship offers, with the latest coming from down the road in Olean.

St. Bonaventure became the 11th school to offer the 6-2 sophomore guard, Washington confirmed to me via Twitter direct message this afternoon. 

Washington confirmed a Twitter report by @GiveNGobball that he recently received an offer from St. Bonaventure.

Washington told me that St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt offered a scholarship after watching a workout Wednesday. The workout was also attended by the University at Buffalo and Canisius, who have already offered scholarships to Washington. 

Schmidt's son, Olean senior Nick, just completed a standout career with the Huskies with a third-team All-Western New York selection. News small school champion Olean lost, 67-49, at Canisius in December. 

The complete list of schools to offer Washington, in chronological order:

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News Player of the Year Sterling Taplin will attend prep school

By Keith McShea

Sterling Taplin, this year's Allen Wilson Award winner as The Buffalo News Player of the Year for boys basketball, will attend prep school next season. 

Taplin, who graduates from Williamsville North this spring, confirmed to me via Twitter direct message that he will be going the prep school route. He has been listed as a member of the Class of 2015 on the roster of the Albany City Rocks team competing this spring in Nike Elite Youth Basketball. 

Taplin has had Division I interest throughout his accomplished career, which included being a three-time first-team All-Western New York selection. In an interview for this year's All-Western New York issue, he said he had an offer from Siena but that he was giving more consideration to prep school.

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National Signing Day: Canisius' Ollison, Touris make it official; Jamestown QB Sisson to Div. II Edinboro

By Keith McShea

As is usualy the case in Western New York, National Signing Day is one of important ceremonies, albeit without a lot of drama, certainly not the type of suspense that will be playing itself out on ESPN throughout the day as top recruits unveil their major college destinations.

The top local recruit, two-time first-team All-Western New York running back Qadree Ollison of Canisius, made is verbal committment to Pittsburgh early during the Crusaders' football season and the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder will make it official with a signing today. 

Western New York's only other Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) signing is Ollison's Canisius teammate Augie Touris, who verbally committed to the University of Texas-El Paso last month. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound lineman will also make it official today during a ceremony at the school. 

St. Joe's senior Tyler Hill has committed to attend Cincinnati and accept a preferred walkon position, but he technically is not signing a letter of intent today. The 6-3, 245-pound Hill was a uber-versatile standout for the Maurauders who earned first-team All-Western New York honors and whose long-snapping abilities made him attractive to colleges.

Also part of Canisius' signing day are a pair of Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) players. Defensive back Ryan Richards, a 6-2, 205-pound second-team All-WNY pick, will commit to Robert Morris; first-team All-WNY selection Mike Sharpe (6-1, 200) announced today he was accepting a preferred walk-on spot with Furman (S.C.).

Joining Richards in signing with Robert Morris this morning -- according to Depew coach Brian Wilson -- was Wildcats lineman Mike Lamb (6-7, 327), a second-team All-WNY pick.

At Alden, senior and first-team All-WNY selection Phil Zobrest, a 6-5, 227-pound defensive end, will sign today with Holy Cross. 

There was some significant news today out of Jamestown as record-setting senior quarterback Jake Sisson, The Buffalo News Player of the Year and the winner of the Connolly Cup as Western New York's most outstanding football player, will sign with Division II Edinboro (Pa.).

The 6-foot, 180-pound Sisson set Western New York records for passing yards in a game and season; he also set the Section VI championship game passing mark as the Red Raiders won the Class AA title.

Another Division II signing has All-WNY second team lineman Steven Stauss (6-5, 300) of Albion headed to Mercyhurst (Pa.).

First-team All-WNY defensive back/wide receiver Dylan Dussault (6-4, 193) of Alden will sign with Division II Walsh (Ohio).

Below are some other recent or upcoming local college signings from various sports: 

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Olean basketball's Bathurst verbally commits to Cornell

By Keith McShea

Olean senior Wil Bathurst told me via Twitter direct message that he has verbally committed to Cornell. 

Bathurst was a first-team All-Western New York selection as a junior last  year for the Huskies. The 6-3 multi-talented forward was part of a third straight Section VI championship before Olean's season ended with a buzzer-beating loss to Batavia in the Far West Regionals. 

I've thought Bathurst had Division I potential all along, and thought he proved it last season. He has good size and has the ability to do pretty much anything you need on the court.

Video: Coach Robbins, Ollison on senior RB signing with Pitt

Canisius High football head coach Rich Robbins says he is happy for Qadree Ollison in his decision to play for the University of Pittsburgh next year.

Canisius RB Qadree Ollison verbally commits to Pittsburgh (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

Hello from Canisius High's auditorium. 

Podium is set up and lot of media members are awaiting the announcement of Qadree Ollison's verbal committment

* * *

Ollison verbally commits to the University of Pittsburgh. 

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound back started the announcement by saying, "I'm going to be leaving Canisius next year, and taking off the blue and gold, and I'll be attending ... 

[Gets hat out from under the podium.]

"The University of Pittsburgh."

He ended his podium speaking with:

"I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of my senior year here at Canisius. And I can't wait to be rocking the blue and gold again at Pittsburgh."

Here's video of the announcement (my apologies for the shakiness, it's because I had one hand on holding the iPhone and one hand typing on the blog).

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Canisius' Ollison to announce college decision today

By Keith McShea

Canisius senior standout running back Qadree Ollison will announce his college decision today in a ceremony at the Delaware Ave. school. 

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Ollison will announce where he is verbally committing from among his five finalists -- Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin -- at 3:15 p.m. in Canisius' auditorium. Ollison was offered scholarships by 15 Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs. 

The announcement comes one day after the Niagara Falls' native's 17th birthday. 

Conjecture by many, including myself, has Pitt and Penn State as his finalists. Ollison said during the summer that he would make official visits to both schools. 

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Canisius' Ollison to announce college decision Sept. 9

By Keith McShea

Canisius senior standout running back Qadree Ollison will announce his college decision on Monday, Sept. 9 in a ceremony at the Delaware Ave. school. 

Ollison, who was the Buffalo News co-Player of the Year (with teammate lineman Ryan Hunter), will decide from among his five finalists -- Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin -- at 3:15 p.m. in Canisius' auditorium. Ollison was offered scholarships by 15 Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs. 

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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