Arik Gilbert: Football Athlete of the Week

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Arik Gilbert and the number 2 is a match made in Heaven. Born February 22, 2002 (2/22/02), jersey number 2 for the Blue Devils is also the number 2 overall recruit in the football powerhouse state of Georgia. The number 2 is great for Gilbert, however, the Class of 2020 Tight End is also the number 1 athlete in the nation. He is a force to be reckoned with and a name that you will hear on Saturday’s, and more than likely on Sunday’s 4 years from now. The Five Star recruit has accumulated offers from the nation’s top programs including Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, Texas A&M and many more. While he is uncommitted, his decision is to be released soon. Gilbert earned these offers by sporting some absurd statistics, such as 5 TDs and 279 yards in one game alone.

While no one doubts his athletic performance and his abilities on the gridiron, Arik Gilbert is more than just a football player. Gilbert loves science and has earned himself a 3.5 GPA. Even though his fame is from football, he also played AAU basketball and made some of his favorite memories as an athlete doing it. Gilbert still loves basketball and he enjoys playing NBA 2k19 and listening to Young Thug. The monster athlete still shows he can be a kid at heart while his favorite movie is Shark Boy and Lava Girl. When he’s not playing or training for football, he can be found at the beach.

As a Five Star recruit, making the League is not only a dream but a favorable reality. Pretty soon, Gilbert will have the chance to play alongside with, or against, his favorite athletes; Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, and Deandre Hopkins. Gilbert sees his play comparable to that of David Njoku’s, the Cleveland Brown’s Tight End out of the University of Miami. At Press Sports, we believe this is an accurate comparison as we acknowledge that Gilbert has the potential to be a first-round draft pick, just like Njoku. We’re excited to hear his commitment and follow his success for many years to come, and you can too by following Arik Gilbert on the Press Sports App @dba.rik.

Elli McKissock – Volleyball Athlete of the Week

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Elli McKissock, the star libero from The First Academy in Florida, was destined to be a great athlete when her first word ever spoken was “ball.”  Miami, Washington, Texas, and Florida all sought to receive her commitment, but there’s no place like home. Elli McKissock, the Florida native, verbally committed to the University of Florida after accumulating 1,490 digs and counting during her volleyball career at The First Academy. Despite her young start to athletics, McKissock did not begin playing volleyball until the age of 12. Hard work and dedication to the game she loved earned her many offers from the nation’s top programs.

As a senior captain of her team, McKissock is poised for a monster year as a 5th year varsity player. McKissock immediately made an impact on her high school team when she was only in middle school. The 8th grade libero helped lead her team to win the Florida 3A State Volleyball Championship which sparked her soon to be college career. By her junior season, McKissock also played outside for the Lady Royals and earned herself the Florida Dairy Farmers 2018 Class 5A Girls’ Volleyball Player of the Year.

Elli is not alone in her volleyball journey as her sister, Matti McKissock, also plays Division I volleyball for the Georgia Institute of Technology. To get a jumpstart on her college career, Elli decided she wants to graduate a semester early from high school and early enroll at the University of Florida. Even though she will cut her club volleyball one year short, she was able to accumulate 5 national championships. However, 5 isn’t enough. Elli wants to finish out her last season for her club team, Top Select 18, by remaining the #1 ranked team in the country. Follow @elli_mckissock on the Press Sports App to keep up with her stellar club career, and to watch her success at the University of Florida.

Elijah Green: Baseball Athlete of the Week

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“Fast car, NASCAR, race on ‘em.” While these are merely lyrics from Elijah Green’s favorite artist, Lil Uzi Vert, they metaphorically represent his style of play; fast. 6.65 60-yard dash fast. The 6’2”, 190 pound outfielder and right-handed pitcher has already earned himself the number one spot in the 2022 Florida state rankings. If this isn’t impressive enough, he’s also the number four overall player in the nation. Currently, the University of Miami received the honor of getting the 15-year old’s verbal commitment, which should be a great fit for the Florida-native.

Elijah attends TNXL Academy, which is a program for elite high-school baseball players to perfect their craft every day instead of being stuck inside a classroom. Don’t let this fool you though, Elijah still sports a 3.5 GPA, and has received an “A” in math every semester since grade school. When he’s not on the diamond or solving equations, Elijah enjoys playing video games, especially Fortnite and MLB the Show.

Elijah understands that his speed separates him from the average high school ball player. In fact, his favorite athlete was one of the fastest players in the NFL, Deion Sanders. However, Elijah is more than just a base runner. He compares his game to that of Mike Trout’s, which means he can just about do it all. Elijah dreams of making it to the Big Leagues, and while he has plenty of impressive highlights himself, he enjoys using the Press Sports App to watch other athlete’s highlights showing his humble character. Whether it’s at the University of Miami, or the Miami Marlins, expect to hear about Elijah Green for many years to come and follow him on Press Sports to watch his career develop.

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Emma Kauf- Softball Player of the Week

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Lincoln Southwest senior Emma Kauf plays with determination that isn’t common among players of her age. To be Nebraska’s Gatorade Player of the Year takes an endless amount of work ethic and drive that coaches can only dream of. The senior catcher was elected captain of her team and led them to a Class A Nebraska state championship this past season earning her a second nod to the First Team Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska selection. Kauf, who just recently signed to play at Georgia Tech, batted .570 with 22 home runs, 60 RBIs and a state single-season record, 81 runs scored. Atop of all her impressive accolades, she also set a state career record for home runs (59), RBI (214) and runs (236).

Kauf, who just recently graduated from Lincoln Southwest, has an explosive bat and powerful arm behind the plate. With a weighted GPA of 4.31, Emma Kauf has chosen to major in Biology, and will continue to succeed on the field and in the classroom for Georgia Tech. Emma’s most impressive statistic was setting a career record for most homeruns in Nebraska, with 59. This outstanding statistic contributed to Kauf leading her team to victory over undefeated Papillion LaVista twice in the state championship. Kauf’s uniqueness comes from the fact that she bats left-handed and throws right-handed, much like Sis Bates, who is one of the best lefty hitters and righty throwers in the game today. Aside from softball, Kauf also played basketball and was a shooting guard for Lincoln Southwest.

Something many people may not know about Kauf is that in her off time she loves to play with her dogs and go on bike rides. She has a big superstition surrounding her nail polish color and what jewelry she wears and in her own words, Kauf loves Press Sports because “it allows athletes to show off their skills to other athletes within the same sport.” Emma’s aspiration is to one day help others by becoming a veterinarian. Emma is currently the #1 ranked softball player on the app, and we look forward to following her successes as she plays for Georgia Tech.

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Myles Austin – Baseball Athlete of the Week

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With the MLB draft quickly approaching, baseball fans everywhere are speculating which young star they would like their organization to select. It’s both exciting and life changing for prospects as many will accomplish their dream of making it to the professional level. If you are reading this, start hoping that your team will call on Myles Austin, the 6’3’’ short stop out of Westlake High School in Georgia. While we expect this week to be both exciting and life changing for the Alabama shortstop commit. Myles fully understands that whatever happens in the draft is just another step towards his ultimate goal.

Myles is a top prospect for a handful of different reasons. Not only is he a 5-tool player with room to fill out, but he also has an internal drive to win that sets him apart from many other players with similar abilities. In tenth grade, Myles came down with a bad case of the flu the day of the high school region championship. Making the choice to tough it out and play is something that a lot of kids can do. However, having the ability to hit for the cycle and lead your team to a critical win with the flu is something that makes a player special. Similar to the time last summer when Myles went five for five with two nukes in a high pressure semi-final game at Lakepoint.

On and off the field Myles Austin is a guy with swag comparable to Tim Anderson. He knows how to carry himself and is a player who can make any given game an exciting one to watch. Away from baseball, Myles likes to hangout by the pool, play basketball and listen to the G.O.A.T Young Thug. He is also a great student who achieved a 3.1 GPA and will undoubtedly excel in academics if he chooses to attend Alabama. One thing is for sure, Myles Austin is a name in baseball that you need to become familiar with. Whether it’s at the professional or college level, this coming year will simply be another step that Myles will embrace towards his ultimate goal of making it to the Major Leagues. We’re excited to follow this young man’s career as he continues to make a name for himself on the diamond. Follow Myles on Press Sports @mylesaustin2

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.

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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.

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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.

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Calvert Clark: Press Sports Athlete of the Week

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Recently, several pro athletes have been calling attention to the fact that the superstars we all look up to on TV are more than just athletes. Many of them give back to the community, enjoy hobbies outside of sports, and are involved in the business world. Calvert Clark is certainly an example of a young superstar who is far more than just the 19th ranked Class of 2022 baseball player in the country.

His ability to lead by example on the field is only part of what makes him such a unique prospect at a young age. At home, he likes to relax through playing the piano with his best song being “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. Outside of playing the piano, his favorite artist is Alicia Keys and he enjoys watching the TV show “13 Reasons Why” as it is a great reminder to treat all people with respect because you never know what somebody is going through in life. His favorite class at Charlotte Christian School is Old Testament as he finds comfort in studying the word of God and often refers to Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Calvert’s grandfather introduced him to baseball on the front steps of their home in Queens, New York. They would play catch together routinely allowing Calvert to develop a deep passion for the game at a young age. Despite growing up experiencing an incredible amount of success on the field, Calvert still looks back on the time he was able to spend playing catch with his grandfather as his some of his favorite memories in sports.

As a member of the highly scouted Team Elite 15u Prime, some of Calvert’s best moments on the field have come over the summer. Most notably in a 14u WWBA elimination game when he went 2-2 with a go ahead home run late in the game. Calvert recalls the count being 1-0 when he took a juicy fastball high and inside making it 1-1, “I stepped out thinking he would go to his changeup because I knew he had a good one, but he repeated with a high fastball and this time I got the barrel out in front and hit it over the left field fence about 320 feet. When I came to home plate with my teammates waiting for me I was the happiest 7th grader I could be.” There’s no doubt that Calvert woke up and crushed his lucky breakfast of a bagel, scrambled eggs and bacon with apple juice that morning like he does before every summer baseball game.

While Calvert’s favorite player may be New York Yankee Aaron Hicks, his style of play is most similar to that of Matt Kemp. Both outfielders who have powerful, high finishing swings and the ability to turn on the jets when they need to. Calvert plans to continue his basketball career through high school, however, his ultimate goal is to play in the major leagues and give back to his family, who he credits for all of his opportunities and success.

Having already received offers from UNC Charlotte, Kentucky and Miami; we are confident that this young man has an incredibly bright future ahead and we are looking forward to seeing footage of all his best moments on Press Sports. Become a fan of Calvert on the app @Calvert.Clark4.

Genevieve Richards: Press Sports Female Athlete of the Week

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Winning the state championship is a major accomplishment for any high school athlete. However, leading your team to back- to-back state titles as an underclassman puts you in a different league. We are excited to announce our first female Athlete of the Week is Genevieve Richards, the sophomore volleyball standout who attends the Heritage School in Newnan, Georgia. While her outstanding play on the court is what has begun to attract interest from several college coaches, her perfect 4.0 GPA may be her greatest accomplishment. It’s no surprise given her academic excellence, Genevieve’s top schools of interest are Davidson, Stanford, NYU, and UNC; all prestigious institutions.

On the court, Genevieve takes pride in her relentless competitiveness and ability to provide constant encouragement for her teammates, both factors that make her unique to other athletes her age. Outside of school Genevieve plays for A5 South, an organization considered by many to be the most elite volleyball club in the nation. Her favorite memories on the court include winning the 14u AAU national title with A5, being runner-up to the national champions in 15u, and the back-to-back state titles for Heritage. Her most impressive personal performance came during her freshman year high school state championship game where she scored 9 out of the 15 points in the decisive fifth set. Genevieve looks up to as well as maintains a friendship with Stanford volleyball standout Jenna Gray, who has set an excellent example of what it takes to excel at the next level.  Although she does not consider herself to be superstitious, Genevieve does always wear number 3 while playing.

Genevieve comes from a family of elite athletes: both parents have been competing all over the world on the U.S. Equestrian Team for many years, and her mother won the bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games. Currently Genevieve is working hard towards her primary goal of playing volleyball at a prestigious university and majoring in her favorite subject in school, which is biology. What many people don’t know is that she has a true passion for making art and hopes to one day have the opportunity to pursue that full time following her volleyball and academic career. All of us at Press Sports have no doubt that Genevieve will have extreme success at the next level no matter where she chooses to continue her career!

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