John Marshall senior Matthew Hurt, a five-star basketball recruit, is scheduled to take another official visit this weekend to a traditional college power.
The 6-foot-9 Hurt has a game with JM on Friday night, the Rockets hosting Winona. He will then leave for a visit at the University of North Carolina and will watch the Tar Heels play Gonzaga in men’s basketball on Saturday night. Hurt visited Kentucky the weekend of Dec. 1
“My main thing is I was going to try and see what a game looks like for that school,” Hurt said. “What they do before games, what they do after. How they prep for teams, shoot arounds, all of that. So I’ll take a lot into consideration.”
Hurt is allowed five officials visits, which includes wining and dining from the school, but he can also take unofficial visits. He has two more official visits planned.
“I’m going to try to go to Duke sometimes in January for an ACC game and then Kansas in February, probably,” he said.
If Hurt takes an official fifth visit, it would likely to be at Minnesota, Villanova or Memphis. His brother, Michael, is currently a backup junior forward at Minnesota.
Hurt says he will likely announce his college choice in April. He just started his senior season at JM and has to plan recruiting trips around the Rockets’ schedule.
“I was either going to do it during the season or in the fall,” he said of the visits. “I just wanted to use the fall to get better and be here with my family and my friends. Traveling wise, it’s not going to make a difference. It’s only a weekend.”
Rochester’s Caleb Adams played in the National Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla., this past Sunday. The National Bowl is an annual postseason college football all-star game consisting of top players from non-FBS schools. Adams, an offensive lineman, was a senior co-captain for Wisconsin-Stout during the 2018 season.
He was also selected to the D3football.com All-West Region second team. He was a third-team pick as a junior.
Adams was a three-year starter for the Blue Devils on the offensive line and was also the recipient of the WIAC Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete award.
Adams played in 38 of 39 games over his career and started 32 games. He helped the team average 383.4 yards of offense per game this season, good for second in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Adams was also named first-team All-WIAC for the second straight year.
Adams has a 3.71 grade-point average and is majoring in supply chain management with a minor in business administration. He was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy and a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. He also received the Burger King/Warren Bowlus Academic Achievement Award.
Goodhue senior Carter Danielson has been named one of the winners of the Minnesota Vikings Community Captain Scholarship.
Danielson was a wide receiver and defensive back for a Goodue team that finished 9-2 during the 2018 season and lost to Blooming Prairie in the Section One, Class A finals.
The Vikings teamed up with Sleep Number bed to award six high school football players from around the state with the award.
The award went to players who were leaders on the field and in the community.
Danielson and the other five players will receive a $1,000 scholarship, a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice, a custom pair of cleats with the charity logo on it, three tickets to the Vikings game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday where they will be recognized on the field, a sleep number bed and a VIP tour of the new practice facility.
The players have already received many of their awards. The last stop on tour featured the players walking into a room where Vikings players Harrison Smith and Brian O’Neill — and Pat Campion from Sleep Number Bed — surprised them and presented the players with their awards.
Stan Bedwell is returning for a second stint as the offensive coordinator for the Rochester Community and Technical College football team. Bedwell was the offensive coordinator under Derrick Hintz during the 2012 season. He has also coached at North Dakota State College of Science, which like RCTC plays in the MCAC, and at the Division III level.
Hintz returned as the head coach at RCTC for the 2018 season and the Yellowjackets were just 1-5 in a down year.