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March 2019

Aaron McLaughlin: Press Sports Athlete of the Week

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Growing up a quarterback in Georgia, there are a plethora of idols to look up to.  Justin Fields, Jake Fromm, Trevor Lawrence and more have become overnight starts in the last few years.  In the near future, Aaron McLaughlin could be a name of similar prestige across the country. The sophomore quarterback from Denmark High School has already received 29 offers including offers from Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, and Michigan, but has yet to narrow down his decision as of right now. On top of his on-field excellence, Aaron has also excelled in the classroom maintaining an impressive 3.5 GPA.

Quarterbacks tend to model their game after a particular player, and Aaron has worked to model his game after his favorite athlete, 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is known for his remarkable athleticism, as well as having a powerful arm. Aaron fits the mold as he says his most impressive stat from this year was a 70-yard rushing touchdown. Quarterbacks must also be able to take charge of the game and the team in certain situations, and Aaron says that his leadership skills are what sets him apart from other quarterbacks.  

Outside the football field, Aaron spends his time hanging out with friends and playing Fortnite. He enjoys rap music with Travis Scott, his go to artist. When asked about Press Sports, Aaron responded; “I like how it is a social media platform specifically for athletes to interact. It’s the first of its kind.”

If you have not already, take the time to get on Press Sports App and become a fan of Aaron McLaughlin (@aaronmclaughlin). We’re excited to follow his career as he continues to the next level.

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Will Stax: Press Sports Athlete of the Week

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Lacrosse is quickly becoming a part of the Southeast sports scene and competing with established pastimes like baseball and football.  No one in the state of Georgia has put his influence on the scene like Milton’s Will Stax. The Junior has committed to continue his career at the Air Force Academy and clearly has the work ethic to handle the rigorous environment a military academy presents.  Stax has maintained a stellar 4.0 GPA while taking challenging courses.

In addition to his impressive exploits in the classroom, Stax has been making waves on the field.  An impressive run in 2018, including wining the 2018 Naptown Challenge against the #1 ranked team in the country, led to Inside Lacrosse naming him as one of the Southeast’s best prospects.  Stax’s speed has stood out to recruiters and opponents both and he believes it is a skill that makes him unique among his peers.  His ability to combine pure speed with a high lacrosse IQ makes him virtually unstoppable. His background playing football, he is a 2018 state champion, gives him an added element of toughness that some do not possess.

Like any good athlete from Atlanta, his favorite professional athlete is the Falcons’ Julio Jones who he admires for his humble approach on the field.  Stax also understands the importance of giving back to the community as he is the co-head coach of a middle school lacrosse team where he aims to continue the development of the sport he loves in the area he grew up in.  After he completes his lacrosse career at Air Force, he dreams about becoming a pilot for a major airline so that he can travel across the world with his family. Will’s dedication in the classroom, community, and on the field give every indication that he will succeed in anything he does.

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Druw Jones of Wesleyan School

Press Sports Athlete of the Week: Druw Jones

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Druw Jones, the son of legendary Atlanta Braves slugger Andruw Jones, is set to graduate from Wesleyan School in 2022. Even though he is just beginning high school, the freshman already has the potential for an exciting college career ahead as Perfect Game has ranked him as a top 10 player in the class of 2022.

Should he end up pursuing an academic career after he graduates from Wesleyan, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so with his 3.5 GPA and a love for history. Druw is currently considering college offers from Auburn, Miami and Georgia Tech but has named his top three as Vandy, Florida, and Miami.

Druw, who lists his favorite athletes as Nolan Arenado and Mike Trout, says baseball is his favorite sport; however, that doesn’t keep him from flashing serious skills on the basketball court as well. Furthermore, his favorite memories so far have been not only a 25-point basketball game, but also beating the Evoshield Canes National as a member of the 15u 643 Cougars Pedraza Club.

Currently, Druw is focused on being a great teammate and working diligently to improve his speed, pitching and outfield velocity. As man of little words, Druw’s father keeps his advice simple: “Just catch the ball and keep your throws low, one hope the base.” This holds weight coming from a 10x Gold Glove Winner and 5x MLB All-Star.

Above all, he’s thankful for his family as well as his maturity and ability to keep the game simple by following his father’s advice. As Druw Jones put it himself, his biggest aspiration in life is to fulfill his dream of playing in the MLB and being featured on a sports video game. With Druw’s hard work and dedication, this is one dream that might just come true for this young high school prodigy.

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Treyton Rank - Dominion Christian High School

Press Sports Athlete of the Week: Treyton Rank

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When it comes to amazing athletic versatility, it’s hard to top Treyton Rank. This young man plays three sports — baseball, football and basketball — at a highly competitive level. He says that football is actually his best sport. If that’s not enough, he does all of this while maintaining an impressive 3.9 GPA.

Treyton Rank is currently a sophomore at Dominion Christian High School in Marietta, GA and is steadily preparing to move on to the next phase of his athletic and academic career. He has recently committed to Florida State for baseball after giving careful consideration to other very generous offers including Vanderbilt and Oklahoma.

Florida State is excited for Treyton to bring his athletic gifts to campus. Playing for the East Cobb Astros, Treyton took part in a very highly scouted WWBA game. During the course of this memorable game, Treyton pitched a two-hitter and was sitting at 88 mph while going 3-for-3, including a 3-run homerun…making him a bona fide two-way prospect for Florida State. He has recently made strides to hit 90 mph and these are skills that will definitely help him succeed during the coming years.

Of course there is more to life than just sports… even for an exceptional college-bound athlete like Treyton Rank. He also loves to go fishing and hang out at the lake during his off time. He an avid music lover, listing such artists as 21 Savage, Young Thug, and Jason Aldean among his favorites.

No matter how it turns out, these upcoming seasons are going to be ones to remember for Treyton. We hope he goes all the way with his goals of getting drafted by an MLB team and being able to buy his dad (aka the GOAT) a nice house.

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