Posted: 1:39 am Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Notebook: Avery Young taking his time with commitment; girls basketball, baseball recruiting updates 

By Matt Porter

The No. 1 football recruit in Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Gardens offensive lineman Avery Young, isn’t rushing to choose a college, plus updates on some of the best girls basketball players in Palm Beach County and a baseball commit to announce:

Avery Young is focused on his senior season at Gardens, not his college decision. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Avery Young is focused on his senior season at Gardens, not his college decision. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Young (6-6, 286, No. 1 on the Big Board) was supposed to make his first official visit last weekend, but a last-minute family issue postponed the trip to Auburn, according to a Sun-Sentinel report.

That report stated Young was to make a return trip to Auburn in two weeks for the Tigers’ game against Ole Miss.

Young previously stated his intention to visit to Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma later this season. The Sentinel report quoted Young as saying he “[feels] good about those four right there.”

Palm Beach Gardens coach Chris Davis said those schools are among Young’s favorites, but he doesn’t think the Tide has shifted.

“I wouldn’t discredit Alabama,” Davis said. “I think [Young] and [head coach Nick] Saban talk pretty regularly.

Several weeks ago, Young named a top six that included those five schools and Virginia Tech, which Young hadn’t spoken about in the three-plus years we’ve been covering him. As quickly as that interest came about, it “just sort of faded,” Davis said.

The number of schools still left on Young’s list and the fact he hasn’t taken an official visit midway through his senior season stand as more evidence that his decision will go down to the final days. He has said he could announce his decision at the Under Armour All-America Game, which he will play in Jan. 5.

Young is the No. 14 national prospect according to Scout.com, No. 50 according to Rivals.com and No. 117 according to ESPN.com.

Programming note: We usually post about player commitments in this blog, rather than recruiting play-by-play. For more frequent recruiting updates, follow me on Twitter @mattyports. My colleague @jeffgreer has plenty of updates on his feed as well.

Shade commits to FIU: Boynton Beach point guard Taylor Shade committed to Florida International, coach Lisa Johnson confirmed, and will sign Nov. 9 in a ceremony at Boynton Beach High.

Shade pushes the tempo last season against Jupiter. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Shade pushes the tempo last season against Jupiter. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Shade, a 5-foot-5 senior, led Palm Beach County in scoring (24.6 points per game) as a sophomore and put up 18.4 points and 16.4 rebounds per game last season. She was a first-team Post All-Area selection in her sophomore and junior seasons and was All-State last season.

She is rated a three-star prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz (90 overall), which ranks her 29th in the nation among point guards.

She was also one of the best flag football players in the state last season, posting 3,411 total yards, 44 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for the Tigers.

Shade also considered Florida Atlantic, Long Island and Mercer. FIU was 16-16 last season (10-6 Sun Belt).

Area girls on ESPN’s watch list: Last year, area girls basketball watchers noted that the current group of stars is young and oh-so-talented.

Several of Palm Beach County’s brightest young talents have been noted as national players to watch by ESPN HoopGurlz, a site which evaluates girls basketball talent. Dwyer’s Kai James, Sam Glodis and Keyanna Harris, Palm Beach Lakes’ Shanovia Dove, American Heritage’s Neydja Petithomme have all been named to the watch lists for their respective classes.

For the current junior class, James (four-star, 94 overall) is the sixth-ranked post player in the nation and 40th overall. Glodis (four-star, 92 overall) is eighth among post players. Dove (three-star, 88 overall) is No. 56 among guards.

Among sophomores, Harris (four-star, 93 overall) is the 22nd overall recruit and the sixth-ranked guard. Petithomme (three-star, 87 overall) is 31st nationally among guards.

Royal Palm’s Barr to play for Palm Beach State: Royal Palm Beach senior Christopher Barr committed to Palm Beach State.

Barr hit .341 in 16 games last season for the Wildcats, playing outfield, first base and seeing time on the mound.

Please email recruiting news, along with any high school sports tips and/or story ideas, to matt_porter@pbpost.com.

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