We’re taking a little different slant on the ARPreps.com Tweets of the Week this time around.
Instead of singling out a “Tweet of the Week,” we’re giving the award for “Tweets of the Week” to Fayetteville quarterback Taylor Powell, who thankfully shared his wild roller coaster ride of a week with the rest of the world via Twitter.
Powell’s week began with something expected by many — and ended with something unexpected.
It started with Powell winning the Landers Award, which annually is given to the top high school player in the state. Based on Powell’s accomplishments (two-time state champ and 7A record holder for career touchdown passes), this came as no surprise:
For those who know Powell, no one was surprised by the following tweet that displayed his class and character, either:
A few days later, the long-time Wake Forest pledge tweeted about receiving scholarship offers from schools not named Wake Forest. Those who follow recruiting know this happens all the time, especially at this time of the year with signing day on Feb. 1, as college coaches attempt to steal a signee from another school at the last minute.
But few thought much about it — even with Powell ending each one with all the excitement of an exclamation point. After all, Powell has appeared solid on his non-binding verbal commitment for months:
However, he wasn’t as solid as it appeared. Apparently, the allure of playing closer to home and in the Southeastern Conference was enough for Missouri to flip his commitment.
This was unexpected, at least by those outside of Powell’s inner circle:
It was a week chalked full of recruiting-related tweets (see the rest below). Alabama football coach Nick Saban made plenty of noise with his visit to Fayetteville High to check in on Crimson Tide pledge Akial Byers.
Fayetteville High coach Brad Stamps tweeted one of the better pictures with the legendary coach:
Pea Ridge headed to Gravette on Friday for a game featuring two boys basketball teams that entered the game with identical 10-0 records in 3A/4A District 1 play. Pea Ridge won 51-40, but the banter of tweets between fans leading up to the game was almost — if not more — entertaining than the actual game itself.
Most of the tweets were lighthearted in nature and helped build up the hype that resulted in a capacity crowd at Lions Gymnasium.
We plucked out two tweets, one apiece from non-hoops playing athletes at each school, as an example:
The funniest “HBD” (aka Happy Birthday) tweet came from Bentonville West center Dakota McDonald to teammate Ryan Keeley. We’re uncertain of the backstory on this one, and are not sure we really need more details, either:
Pea Ridge basketballer Matt Thomas gets the award for the “we-know-who-wears-the-pants-in-that-relationship” tweet. Seriously, his girlfriend is strong enough to give him a piggyback ride? And how many real men are concerned about getting their shoes dirty?
Despite being a freshman, Farmington’s Madisyn Pense shows no fear on the court, but she apparently gets frightened by certain commercials after the sun goes down:
Another rising freshman basketball star, Fayetteville’s Sasha Goforth, shows again this week how much love she has for the game. On this day, basketball helped turn her frown upside down:
There were a couple of awesome honors we noticed from a couple of Northwest Arkansas players.
The first comes from Huntsville’s Delanie Tipton. Special kudos for not using first “ever” because it’s a wasted word. Something is either the first, or it’s not:
Springdale Har-Ber’s Tevin Eckwood received an invite to the Nike Football’s The Opening Regionals, which is an awesome feat. If he performs well at regionals, he’ll be one of 166 of the nation’s top high school prospects invited to The Opening, a four-day event that features coaching, training and competition in Beaverton, Ore., this summer:
Join us in wishing Mr. Eckwood luck at regionals:
Before we dive into all of the recruiting-related tweets, we wanted to highlight this one from Springdale High’s Jayden Minchew, who experienced a little traveler turbulence on his way back from an official visit to Dartmouth:
Here’s a look at the rest of the recruiting news via Twitter: