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Alexander Diamont, Venice

Though he's just a rising junior at Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.), Alexander Diamont already is leading a three-dimensional life.

First of all, the 6-foot-1, 165-pound quarterback is coming off an outstanding sophomore campaign during which he passed for 2,213 yards and 14 touchdowns with just seven interceptions.

No. 2, he receives celebrity from being the son of soap opera star Don Diamont, who spent 22 years on the TV show, "The Young and the Restless," and now is on "The Bold and the Beautiful."

No. 3, he's handsome enough to already have done some work as a male model.

He told Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times that his father "taught me to be confident, but not cocky. My dad teaches me more than anyone."

He admits, "I get made fun of a lot (for his modeling), but that's how guys are."

Venice coach Angelo Gasca emphasizes that Diamont is not just a pretty face on the football field.

He said, "He's tough and he's serious and has a good feel for the game and really loves it. He wants to get better and really cares. Those are essentials to take the next step."

*Highly-regarded tight end Josh McNeil of Hillside (Durham, N.C.) has made a commitment to the University of Alabama, according to the Birmingham News. McNeil, a 6-5, 240-pound rising senior, had offers from over 20 schools, including Florida, LSU, Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee.

*One of the top rising juniors in Arizona is moving to Ohio. Nick Carovillano, a 6-4, 240-pound defensive end, is leaving Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) and will play for another power, St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio).

*The football field at St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) will be covered with bright red artificial turf this fall at a cost of around a half million dollars. There may be something Biblical about it, because junior fullback Jeffrey Robinson told the Detroit News that it rather resembles a "Red Sea." It will be an appropriate way to celebrate 100 years of football at the Michigan powerhouse.