Former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday.
Jacob Rhame took a roundabout way to get to the professional baseball ranks, but not an uncommon one.
The hard-throwing righty hoped to be drafted out of high school and wasn’t. He went to Oklahoma, pitched just 10 innings as a freshman and left for Grayson College. In Denison, Rhame pitched well for Dusty Hart & Co. and earned a scholarship to Texas State. Instead of going to become a Bobcat, Rhame was drafted in last year’s draft with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ sixth-round pick.
Rhame’s time at Grayson transformed him, physically and mentally. He changed his body, getting in better shape and ending his time there at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, and he also got a better mental approach and admitted back on draft day that he had a bit of an entitled view on baseball when he signed with the Sooners out of Guyer. At Grayson, Rhame was 7-3 with a 1.85 ERA in 14 starts (87 1/3 innings).
So far, Rhame’s career has gone well in the Dodgers’ organization.
Last year, he spent the entire season in the Rookie Pioneer League and made 20 appearances with a 4.58 ERA. He struck out 21 batters in 19 2/3 innings and walked nine — numbers with room for improvement but also showing some promise.
This season, Rhame began the year in Low-A Great Lakes (in Midland, Michigan) in the Midwest League, and he’s pitched even better at the next level.
So far for the Loons, the 21-year-old Rhame has notched three saves and a hold in 28 appearances with a 3.60 ERA. The number that sticks out most for the hard-throwing righty is his K:BB ratio of 40 strikeouts to nine walks in just 35 innings. Any time you have more strikeouts than innings pitched, you’re doing something right, especially if you see yourself as possibly being a reliever at the big-league level.
It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on Rhame, and see where he progresses. The next step up in the Dodgers’ organization would take him to High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
I sat down with Ryan head coach Dave Henigan on Friday morning to talk about the end of organized summer workouts, Ryan’s quarterback situation and some other things.
One of Guyer’s highly coveted football recruits looks has made his college decision.
Guyer safety Jordan Wallace recently got his first FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) offer from Iowa State, and after a weekend visit to Ames, Iowa, with his family, Wallace decided to make it official, verbally at least.
It makes perfect sense. After all, Wallace is the second cousin of former All-World Cyclones QB Seneca Wallace, who as a Tech alum, I know all too well from his days of making his personal highlight reel against the Red Raiders.
Wallace is a rangy, lengthy safety who has all the makings of a big, ball-hawk playmaker in the back of the Cyclones’ secondary. Last season as a junior at Guyer, he was a big reason for the Wildcats’ improved secondary, and in turn, improved defense from previous seasons.
As a junior, Wallace had 86 tackles with 10 behind the line of scrimmage and 10 pass breakups.
He said playing in the Big 12 has long been a dream of his.
“It’s pretty awesome because my cousin Seneca went there,” Wallace said. “I get to follow in his footsteps. Big 12 football is what I want to play. I like that style. Growing up in Texas, that’s what you know.”
Look for more on Wallace’s commitment in Tuesday’s Denton Record-Chronicle.
When grocery stores opened this morning, many Texans continued the yearly mid-summer ritual of searching the magazine racks for a publication that’s well known by football fans across the state.
What used to be four is down to two in terms of former Guyer football players who signed with Oklahoma State. J.W. Walsh is set to be the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, and Jimmy Bean is looking to have a breakout year in his second season to start at defensive end.
But Josh Stewart left the program a year early to enter the NFL draft, later signing as a free agent with Tennessee before tearing his Achilles tendon and being released, and now Dominic Ramacher, who signed with the Cowboys the year after the aforementioned three, is leaving the program and the school to pursue other opportunities.
Ramacher was the hidden gem of the 2010 team’s potent offense as an H-back who was a punishing blocker in Guyer’s running game before moving to middle linebacker in 2011 and becoming an all-district performer. He signed with OSU as a fullback, redshirted and moved to defense last season and was a contributor on special teams.
Ramacher announced the decision on his Facebook page, saying he’s quitting football and leaving Stillwater, but still plans to go to school and get a degree in audio production.
Talking to folks at Oklahoma State, as well as Guyer coach John Walsh, it sounded like Ramacher had a shot at competing for a starting linebacker spot in 2014, but college football is a big-time commitment and it’s easy to see how it would be a huge weight on one’s shoulders.
Ramacher always came across as a kid with much more on his mind than football, and it’s always been obvious he’s a very bright kid who could be successful in a variety of arenas. You just hope, for his sake, it’s not a decision he might regret years down the road. Judging by his words, it seems like it was well thought out, though. Best of luck to him.
The school year may be over, but Argyle will have one more trophy to hoist before the end of the summer.
J.C. Chalk might have a while to go before he graduates from Argyle, but the Class of 2016 tight end already knows where he’s going to play college football.