Texas Commit Lands Massive National Award

first_imgTexas football commit Jake Smith wins Gatorade National High School Player of the Year.GatoradeThe Longhorns have got to be feeling a lot more confident about four-star WR prospect Jake Smith right about now. The Texas commit just took home one of the most prestigious awards in high school football.According to Sports Illustrated, Smith has been named Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year following his senior season at Notre Dame Preparatory.Smith described the scene, as Arizona Cardinals quarterback and former UCLA star Josh Rosen appeared to present him with the award:“The football team walked into the weight room and our strength coach said to start clapping because we have a special guest here to show us how to lift or something like that,” Smith says. “We all start clapping as [Arizona Cardinals quarterback] Josh Rosen walks in with the trophy and then it all kind of hit me as he walked in and a bunch of cameras followed him.”Gatorade released video for Jake Smith’s award win:Smith had 64 receptions for 1,112 yards and 22 receiving TDs, along with 741 rushing yards and 15 rushing TDs. Smith’s offensive dominance helped Notre Dame Preparatory reach the 5A state championship game.247Sports has Smith ranked as the No. 12 WR in the country, the No. 81 overall prospect, and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Arizona.Throughout his high school career, Smith has also demonstrated his versatility at other positions. He has two kickoff return TDs, 20 tackles as a DB, 4.5 sacks, and a 65-yard punt.His overall numbers include 5,446 total yards and 72 total touchdowns.[Sports Illustrated]last_img read more

US firm TPG pulls out of SriLankan Airlines bid talks

“It is their opinion that allocating the human and financial resources to make the airline profitable will not realise sufficient returns, compared to the many other investment opportunities that are available to them,” he said. The government called for bids in July and had expected to award the restructuring process by end 2016 but it said in February the bids from the three short-listed companies were too low.Dias also said the government was pursuing other options to find a partner and the airline should continue on the path of improving its financial and operational performance.The national carrier is struggling with colossal debt and decided to sell four new Airbus A350s after cancelling an order for four of the aircraft. It has also stopped some loss-making destinations to the Europe. US private equity firm TPG, one of three bidders short-listed to buy a 49 percent stake in state-owned SriLankan Airlines, has pulled out of talks about the potential acquisition, the chairman of the national carrier said, according to the Reuters news agency.Sri Lanka has been looking to sell the minority stake in the airline along with management control, part of a broader move to reduce its holdings in state-owned firms and cut debt. Officials from TPG were not immediately available for comment.TPG, Sri Lanka-based Peace Air and a Maldivian company had been short-listed from about nine bids for the 49 percent stake, including from U.S. investment manager BlackRock Inc. “After completing the due diligence process, regrettably TPG have informed us they will not pursue a potential investment in SriLankan Airlines,” Ajith Dias, chairman of the carrier said in an internal memo to employees seen by Reuters. read more