Another scoring guard from St. Louis has verbally committed to play at Austin Peay. According to the Leaf-Chronicle, Stephen Harris got an offer in July after his play in the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.
Harris has yet to actually visit Austin Peay’s campus. He’s expected to do so this week, though. Hope he likes it.
The Govs could also sign Zach Glotta, another St. Louis area senior. Harris told the newspaper he expects Glotta to join him in Clarksville. Harris is expected to sign with Austin Peay in November.
I love depth charts, much like Eagles head coach Chip Kelly does. (Spoiler: He really doesn’t) So this tweet from a certain journalist entertained me greatly:
“As of right now, former Kentucky QB Jalen Whitlow is a backup at Eastern Illinois.”
The tweet linked to an article from WAND TV, which does correctly state that former New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Manley came out of spring camp as the projected starter. Whitlow wasn’t yet a Panther during Spring practice. So, in short, the fact that Manley was No. 1 in the spring means virtually nothing.
Correction: It means less than nothing.
I’m not saying Whitlow will beat out Manley. But saying Whitlow is “currently the backup,” while accurate in a technical sense, is really a disservice to the process right now. Because in the coach’s mind, I doubt anyone is thinking it’s Manley’s job to lose. If Manley were the incumbent quarterback, and you had the same coaching staff, you could make the argument that Manley was likely considered the “favorite.” But when you have an FBS quarterback, one from the SEC, transfer in the offseason — you may “list” him No. 2 on the depth chart, but you fully expect him to compete for the starting role.
What am I trying to say here? There is no starter, and there is no backup in Charleston, Illinois right now. There isn’t.
Anyone trying to tell you otherwise is wrong.
Once OVC guys leave for the pros, we often lose track of them. But it should be noted that former Morehead State standout Kenneth Faried is on the 16 players making the latest round of cuts for USA Basketball. Four more guys will still get cut before the team plays in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the end of the month, but huge props go to Faried for continuing to make his mark on the pros.