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May 2019

Justin Crawford: Athlete of the Week

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There’s only a handful of players out there who can say their passion for baseball started after throwing the first pitch of an MLB game. Justin Crawford was just four years old when he climbed up onto the mound at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida and heaved in a strike to his father, Carl Crawford, who at the time was in the early years of his prolific MLB career. In the ten years that have past since then, Justin has developed into both a phenomenal baseball player as well as student.

Grit is the word Justin uses to describe his approach to life. Academically, he was forced to put this grit to the test after figuring out at a young age that the reason he was struggling in school was because of dyslexia. He learned that extraordinary outcomes only come from setting high goals and putting in the work to achieve them. His determination and commitment to succeeding is what has allowed him to achieve a 3.3 GPA his freshman year at Rolling Hills Prep in Torrance, CA. Justin brings this same grit from the classroom with him to the field everyday.

Justin Crawford has enjoyed playing among elite company in the MLB Elite Development Invitational as well as for Team USA. If he ends up not making the decision to go pro out of high school, his top three schools of interest are UCLA, University of Arizona and Duke. It’s no surprise that Justin’s style of play resembles his father; both having great speed, an elite glove and the ability to drive the ball gap to gap. Currently Justin is the third ranked Class of 2022 outfielder in the state of California and works with the 2017 World MMA “Trainer of the Year” Nick Curson.

Outside of baseball Justin enjoys playing MLB The Show, listening to Lil Wayne and watching Game of Thrones. This fall Justin will be making a move to Las Vegas and will spend his sophomore year attending Bishop Gorman High School where he plans to continue his academic and athletic success. Ultimately, his goal is to become a MLB Hall of Famer, which may just be possible with his work ethic and determination. In his own words, “I like Press Sports because they show impressive athletes from all sports. You highlight athleticism and skill. And, if you are an athlete, it’s a great way to get seen. It has become one of my favorite apps.” We salute this young man and look forward to keeping up with his career as he continue to progress to the next level.

Follow Justin on Press Sports @_justincrawford_ and Instagram @therealjustincrawford

Dwight Allen: Athlete of the Week

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Woodward Academy in College Park, GA has had a great recent tradition of producing elite baseball talent.  The Atlanta area is a breeding ground for future professional baseball players and Woodward has played an important role in that.  Delino DeShields, current Texas Rangers outfielder, was the most recent Woodward alum to reach the MLB and he most certainly will not be the last.  Current War Eagle standout Dwight Allen has emerged as the newest star outfielder out of College Park. Allen is a 2020 graduate and has committed to play for Coach Scott Stricklin and the Georgia Bulldogs.  UGA has enjoyed great recent success earning a national seed in the NCAA tournament last season and appearing to be well on their way again this year. Allen will be a major key to continuing that success, if he does not decide to play professionally out of high school.

Dwight is a great student who sports a 3.5 GPA and loves history as well as keeping up with current events around the world.  In terms of his favorite sports memory, Woodward swept their rival Eastside HS his sophomore year. Bulldog fans are hoping that he could carry on success against rivals and help them sweep Georgia Tech when he arrives on campus in Athens.  Allen lists his competitiveness and his willingness to find any way to win as what makes him unique as an athlete. As Dwight plays football in addition to baseball, it is unsurprising that his favorite athlete is Kyler Murray. Murray, the first athlete to ever be selected in the first-round of both the MLB and NFL draft, ultimately decided on playing football while Allen sees baseball as his future and takes pride in being a two-sport star.  Although Allen has the skillset of many talented professional outfielders, he does not model has game after anyone. Rather than comparing himself to his peers or professionals, he maintains focus on his own craft and unique style of play.

Even though Dwight is an elite young athlete, he still is a normal teenager in many ways.  He lists his favorite video game as Fortnite, movie as The Blind Side, and artist as YoungBoy Never Broke Again.  One way in which he differs from his baseball contemporaries is that he did gymnastics until the age of 10. He believes this gave him a great athletic foundation that has helped him thus far.  Dwight hopes that he will one day be able to make it to the MLB and if not, would love to become a sports broadcaster. In his own words, he likes Press Sports because it is a really cool way to see all of the different athletes on one platform.  Also, they care about the athletes on the app and maintain relationships with them. All of us at Press are extremely impressed by Dwight Allen and are excited to watch him develop and reach his full potential.

Follow Dwight on the Press Sports App @dwight

Jordan Yates: Athlete of the Week

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Georgia Tech’s football program has entered into a new era with Coach Geoff Collins at the helm.  Many have been wondering how Collins will change Tech’s option offense and what Yellow Jacket fans can expect to see in the next couple of years.  One thing Tech fans can anticipate is enjoying the play of Quarterback Jordan Yates. Yates, a soon to be graduate of Milton High School, is an electrifying prospect that should immediately battle for a chance to play under the new coach. He chose Georgia Tech over Duke and Cincinnati and with a 3.8 GPA will succeed in the classroom at one of the most challenging institutions in America.

Jordan’s most outstanding performance came on senior night when he scored six touchdowns in the first half of the game but his favorite memory came later that season when he lead Milton to win the 2018 state championship as 21-point underdogs. Yates lists his work ethic and attention to detail as factors that separate him from the competition and his favorite athletes, LeBron James and Russell Wilson, are great examples to follow.  Through high school Yates was more than just QB1 for Milton. His favorite sport is actually basketball and he was also a key member of the 4x100m relay team. Jordan comes from a great athletic lineage as his uncle played quarterback at UNC. His favorite video game is NCAA 14 and if EA Sports decides to continue that series, Press Sports fans could have the chance to play as Jordan and the Yellow Jackets in the future.

Like many high school football players, Drake is among his favorite artists and who he listens to before games to get fired up.  Something people may not know about Jordan beyond the football field is that he loves to play chess and his superstition on the field is to only put eye black under his left eye.  In his own words, Yates loves Press Sports because it is a place to not only keep all of your sports videos but is another platform to get recruited on. Jordan’s ambitions are to make it to the NFL but he also simply wants to find a way to make a positive impact on the world. Jordan is currently the #1 ranked athlete on Press Sports and we look forward to following his career as he develops into a leader on Geoff Collins’ team.

Fan Up Jordan on Press Sports App @jordan.