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  • Johnathan McCrary shocked  the college football world Friday when he made a commitment to Vanderbilt University.

    The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior quarterback from Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.) had offers from such powers as Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Ohio State after completing 69 percent of his passes last fall for 2,643 yards and 27 touchdowns. He threw only nine interceptions.

    His father, former NFL tight end Greg McCray, told the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, "Johnathan thrives on competition. He knows Vanderbilt doesn't have the same football tradition as some of the other schools that were recruiting him. But he said before he leaves Vanderbilt, he wants to make an impact. He wants to play against an Alabama or Georgia and make an impact."

    He added that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin "couldn't believe it. I mean, he couldn't believe it. He was excited."
  • The students, faculty and community of Grafton (Grafton, Wis.) High School continue to mourn and honor Josh Davis-Joiner, a 17-year-old senior, who collapsed during basketball practice on Monday night and died shortly after at a local hospital.

    According to reports in the Ozaukee Press, Josh fell on the court without contact and by all accounts, all parties acted swiftly and smartly.

    The school was even equipped with an on-site defibrillator which was used in efforts to revive the popular student-athlete. But to no avail.

    That defibrillator was in place largely due to the efforts of a local basketball player Adam Lemel, who collapsed and died during a game in 1999. Lemel's family established Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) which led to the placement of the resuscitative devices in many local schools.

    But in this case, all efforts went in vain. Cause of Josh's death won't likely be known for at least two weeks.

    His memory will last forever, Grafton Principal Ken McCormick told the newspaper.

    "Josh was a terrific young man with a great personality," he said. "Everybody liked him."

    Grafton basketball coach Kevin McKenna called Josh one of the team's most dedicated, improved and popular players. Others described him as upbeat, a spark, with a magnetic smile and charm. He was a member of the school's homecoming court in the fall.

    "He was a great kid," McKenna said. "A popular kid in and out of school. A class act."

    Grafton plans to play in Friday's scheduled game at Port Washington.

    Our hearts go out to Josh's family and the Grafton community.