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Mid-South AAU hoops player Christian Brown following in foosteps of his mom and dad

BEAST MODE 

REMEMBER THE NAME — To his credit, AAU basketball standout Christian Brown went into beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville. In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining. That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.

He’s only 12 years of age.

But for a youth basketball player, Christian Brown is a beast on the court.

To his credit, he certainly went into full beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville.

In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining.
That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.
Brown was the catalyst for a Storm team that stormed back in the waning moments, erasing a double-digit deficit and miraculously coming away with a 50-49 victory, having outscored the opposition, 18-3, the rest of the way.
In manufacturing 17 points in what was an AAU game for the ages, Brown managed some late heroics when he stole an in-bounds pass and was fouled as a result.

His two clutch free throws helped the Storm ease out to the final margin and, most importantly, his immeasurable display proved to be a microcosm of his resiliency for which he customarily exemplifies in close-game situations.

So remember the name, much sooner than later: Christian Brown.

Because if there’s one thing he’s proven, it’s that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

“I always tell him he’s destined for greatness and to always make the most of each day,” said Chelsea Brown, Christians’s mother, during interview with Making Headline News this week. “That day will be confirmation of what we speak into his life on a daily basis.”

If anyone can appropriately assess — and critique — Christian’s progress on and off the court, it’s his mother.

Chelsea Brown was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits. Brown went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.


RESPECT DA HAVEN

IN RETROSPECT — Christian Brown’s mother, Chelsea Brown, was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits.

Given that her son seems on path to following in the footsteps of his parents – both his mother and father are former athletes — it’s safe to assume that, well, the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree (with all due respect).

“Of course, I will be overjoyed to see his dreams and aspirations come to fruition,” said Chelsea Brown how special would it be if her son is fortunate to sign a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball. “But most of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity for him to continue to grow as an athlete.”

Chances are, the 5-foot-10 Christian Brown will grow — literally and figuratively — in the foreseeable future as he looks ahead to next season as one of the marquee players for Rocky Fork Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee.

A slim 113-pounder — yet with so much growing to do and weight to put on — Christian often rotates between playing the small forward and shooting guard positions.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“He beat everyone down the court and played good defense,” Chelsea Brown said. “And he was the tallest kid on the court most of the time.”

The possibility exist that will surely be the case when he transitions to the prep basketball ranks, an attribute that figures to garner the attention of scouts and recruiters.


“He never ceases to amaze me,” Chelsea said her son’s continuous progress. “I love watching him exceed my expectations through growth and development. He always plays to the end.”

He sure does.

Remember that recent game against Eagleville?

His mother sure does. There’s a good chance she won’t be forgetting it, either.

FULL RIDE — Brown (in powder blue) went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.

“I actually witnessed him lead his team to victory with two minutes on the clock and they were down by 12,” said Chelsea in pure wonderment. “I saw it in his eyes. He reads his opponents and went into (attack mode) and came out victorious.”

That, to his credit, figures to be a sign of things to come — much sooner than later.


“My parents always tell me that as long as I work hard, developing as a student-athlete, they will always provide an avenue for me to succeed,” said Christian, who recently was the beneficiary of the Athlete Academic Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average (he manufactured a 3.6 GPA), as well as being named Offensive Player of the Year in both football and basketball.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“My dad is always there to support me, and his presence always motivates me to play hard.”

Interestingly, although he has plenty of basketball left to play before bolting the high prep ranks, Christian doesn’t shy away from the notion that’s he’s presently auditioning for a full-ride athletic scholarship.

As far as he’s concerned, there’s no time to waste, not when he’s closing in on 6-feet in height as a preteen and making his presence felt against more experienced players.

“I would like (scouts and recruiters) to know that I am a hard worker and coachable,” said Christian, who will attend a hoops camp at Duke University over the summer. “I am a team player and have experience, playing every position on the floor. Most of all, I’m always open to learning and using skills learned from camps and other resources.”


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Houston businesswoman Dr. Tracy Allen entering her 26th year as an accomplished income tax preparer

DALLAS — The annual tax peak season is officially underway.

And once again, Houston businesswoman Dr. Tracy Allen is greatly prepared to assist taxpayers to achieve their goals and objectives, particularly with regards to fielding sizable federal tax refunds.

A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Allen’s professional experience in the ever-so-competitive tax industry spans nearly three decades.


SETTING TRENDS

DESTINY STEPS — The owner and CEO of TA Tax & Accounting, Dr. Tracy Allen’s rise as one of Houston’s finest tax preparers began sometime in 1992, during which she initially commenced to preparing taxes as a hobby.

The owner and CEO of TA Tax & Accounting, Allen’s rise as one of Houston’s finest tax preparers began sometime in 1992, during which she initially commenced to preparing taxes as a hobby.

However, as she began to field constant requests and inquiries from individuals about preparing their taxes, it wasn’t long thereafter that she deemed it essential to establish a business venture.

Here is she today, steadfastly fulfilling and carrying out her vision with God, her Helper, leading the way.


“(I love) helping people get the most money for less and helping others become free of IRS debt from back taxes and audits,” Allen told Making Headline News during a recent interview.


All things considered, there’s even one intriguing goal Allen acknowledged she’d like to accomplish much sooner than later.

“(I’d like to) become financially free and retire early,” said Allen, a longtime Certified Public Accountant and psychologist.

 

A business venture that accommodates people ranging in ages 18-and-up, Allen’s TA & TA Tax & Accounting customarily services tax payers nationwide.

“(I assist) everyone, ages 18 to 100,” Allen said. “If you work, are paid in taxes, or own a business — big or small — or corporations (I can help you).”

For what it’s worth, Allen’s passion for establishing her own tax preparation business was spearheaded in large part from the continuous backing and valiant support of her family.

Even after the death of her husband a little more than two decades ago, Allen sensed that as a single parent, it is absolutely essential that she go to great lengths to birth her vision as a rising entrepreneur.

Yep. Here is she, still fulfilling and carrying out her vision with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“My children have always been my inspiration,” Allen said. “I was 27 when I lost their father and my husband and I had to provide for them as a single mother, and I had to do everything I could to make sure they had the best of everything.”

Today, unlike never before, Allen’s TA & TA Tax & Accounting is such that it is committed to helping ensure that its clients’ achieve the maximum satisfaction through its services.

KEEP ON PRESSING — Even after the death of her husband a little more than two decades ago, Allen sensed that as a single parent, it is absolutely essential that she go to great lengths to birth her vision as a rising entrepreneur.

“I live to help others in all walks of life,” said Allen, who is scheduled to participate in the Heart 4 The Homeless Fashion Show in March. “I do not walk my living to be in vain.”

Amongst the reasons she has become destined to esteeming others highly than herself is that she journeys through life — as precious and fragile as it — exemplifying the golden rule.

“I live by treat others as you wish to be treated,” Allen said. “Helping others to succeed has always been my passion.”


For more information about the Houston Businesswoman Tracy Allen of TA Tax & Accounting, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/drtboneallen. Also, send email to: Ladytsgiftsetc@gmail.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth author Mel Brown McGinnis’ newly-released book drawing a variety of rave reviews


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES MEL BROWN MCGINNIS


Come unto Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)


DALLAS — For Mel Brown McGinnis, age isn’t merely just a number, particularly as it pertains to her immeasurable gifts as a writer.

Consider, for instance, how at just the tender age of 14, McGinnis was appropriately introduced to her awe-inspiring gift as a writer, an introduction that, much to her delight, was orchestrated by God Almighty.

“I’ve known since I was 14 years old that writing is my calling and my God-given gift,” McGinnis told Making Headline News this week. “I’ve been writing poetry since that time, but was never in a position to publish my work.”

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CONSTANT PAGE TUNER — Dallas/Fort Worth-area author Mel Brown McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.” (Photos By Lynsey Wade)

Fortunately for McGinnis, that all changed some four years ago.

That’s because in 2014, this Louisiana native began working diligently on her novel.

Never mind that she consequently endured the dreaded writer’s block or, as she recalls, she “couldn’t quite move the story and the characters forward.”

Fast forward to some three years later, September 2017 to be exact.

“I was having dinner with an author friend of mine and we were discussing the timeline for finishing my book,” McGinnis explained. “I mentioned to her that I didn’t know if I was quite ready to move forward with the novel, but that I had all of these poems that I had written a few years back that really helped me to get through some dark days.”

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LOUISIANA PURCHASE — A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet.

It was, by all accounts, because of those darks — those spiritually challenging and wilderness experiences — that have greatly helped propel McGinnis to authorship greatness.

That’s because McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.”

A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet from the small town of Monroe, Louisiana.

“This compilation takes you on a journey of love, loss and triumph,” said a spokesperson for McGinnis’ new book in a thorough breakdown at Amazon.com. Reflections is a collection of inspirational poetry, prose, and pictures from all over the world taken by the author during her travels, including selections from the author’s photo collection, ‘Natural Elements.’ The poetry, prose, and images work together to tell stories of empowering women, finding love after heartbreak, advocating against domestic violence, navigating the political landscape, creating pathways to success from humble beginnings, reveling in a love of sports, and paying tribute to a musical legend.”

What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

A licensed attorney and certified sports agent, McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Mass Communications and Journalism from Louisiana State University.

STANDING OVATION — What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

“The message that God is using me to deliver is that no matter how dark the days may be, never give up on yourself and never give up on your dreams,” McGinnis said. “I use this book to discuss themes of women’s empowerment and advocating against domestic violence.”

McGinnis said a percentage of sales from her book are donated to Women Called Moses, a local nonprofit organization that provides resources and support for victims of domestic violence.

Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the grandest reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom, most notably through her endeavor as an author.

“After a difficult divorce, I was in a very dark place mentally,” McGinnis explained. “I didn’t know how to move forward in my life and I struggled just to get through each day. I would pray to God and say, ‘Ok God, so let’s make a deal. If You will just give me the strength to get through the day and get back to my car, then I can just cry when I get in the car on my way home. But please don’t let me have a breakdown at work.’

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“I cried every day literally for six months straight, and I just didn’t think I was going to get through it,” McGinnis continued. “But I did. One day, I went home and I said, today will be the last day I cry about this. And it was. Prayer was my source of strength. I just want people to know that no matter how hard things get, have faith in God and His plan for your life, and you can get through anything.”

Fortunately for McGinnis, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

VIRTUOUS WOMAN — McGinnis is having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

Following what was a busy past few weeks, during which her book has become a constant fixture in the community and on the literary circuit, McGinnis will continue her book tour with a return to her native establishment of Monroe to host what is known as “Conversations With Mel.” This event will involve a Q & A segment and book signing and will take place at the Ouachita Parish Library on October 12.

McGinnis is scheduled to host a similar event on October 13 at the Louisiana Cotton Museum in nearby Lake Providence, where she was raised during the early years of her life.

Also, she will stop in Fort Worth, where she will attend the Women In Local Government Summit that is known as Women in Leadership: A Seat at the Table on October 25, during which she will be a guest speaker and a panelist, but isn’t expected to promote her book.

BUT GOD — Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom.

However, she will be promoting “Poetry & Prose” on October 28, which will be highlighted by live readings and a book signing at Victory Drinklab in New Orleans.

In wrapping up the tour, McGinnis will be on hand for “Conversations From The White Sofa” that is powered by the Book Club Brunch, an event that will take place in February 3, 2019 in Plano, Texas.

Talk about having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

“I am first a child of God, and I truly believe I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me,” McGinnis said. “I would hope to inspire others to believe the same.”

GOD’S LEADING LADY — Fortunately for McGinnis, a proud alumnus of Louisiana State University, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

That she’s certainly doing with God, her Helper, leading the way.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Mel Brown McGinnis, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at:

Facebook: authormelmcginnis

Instagram: @authormelmcginnis

Twitter: @author_mel

Also, send email to: authormelmcginnis@gmail.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth author Sheryl Grace putting her ‘imaginative gifts’ to use courtesy of three books

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES AUTHOR SHERYL GRACE

 

DALLAS — Just recently, Sheryl Grace took to her Instagram page, where she expressed her delight in her remarkably compelling new product.

So excited about my new book!” Grace wrote in her @mzgracebookz Instagram post that was accompanied by a slew of hashtag messages.

BY GOD’S AMAZING GRACE — To her credit Dallas/Fort Worth-area author Sheryl Grace’s imaginative skills and mechanics were certainly put on display through a trio of books, most notably her latest book entitled, “King, Duke, And Prince.

For Grace, a native of Sunshine, Louisiana — a rural establishment that is approximately 15 miles South of Baton Rouge and rest along the mighty Mississippi River — she has every reason in the world to be giddy and enthusiastic after having taking yet another monumental step in her immeasurable tenure as an accomplished author.

“I believe God has gifted me with an active imagination for a reason,” Grace, a Dallas/Forth-based writer and longtime mental health professional, told Making Headline News this week.

To her credit, Grace’s imaginative skills and mechanics were certainly put on display in her latest book entitled, “King, Duke, And Prince.”

Officially released on July 31, 2018, Grace — a detailed breakdown of her book at  https://www.sherylgrace.com, writes about how some 10 years ago, the character named James Miller walked out of prison, vowing to leave the past behind. That past, she said, included his sons and their mothers and, though he told himself that he would return, he never did.

Now, he has a new name, a new family, a new career, not to mention a best-selling memoir.

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As Grace explained, she adopted the vision to compose “King, Duke, And Prince while engaging in her customary pampering.

“I received the vision for this book while I was receiving a facial believe it or not,” Grace said. “It was really weird. The title and concept just came to me in a daydream as I lied there on the spa table.”

The rest, as they say, was history, because one thought had ultimately led to another, which eventually gave way to a full blown book being birthed.

“After that, I felt that God gave me the vision and I was compelled to write it,” Grace said. “I began writing it the latter part of last year and finished it in May.”

ON DECK — Grace’s announced that a third book is presently in the works. A book that is entitled, “Miss Amanda and the One Room School,” this project is deemed a “historical picture book,” one that is based on the life of Grace’s grandmother, during which she began her teaching career in a one-room school in rural Louisiana in the 1930s.

Prior to writing “King, Duke, And Prince,” Grace authored another the informative, awe-inspiring book entitled, “He Calls Her Blue.”

A book this Southern University graduate had written two years ago, Grace acknowledged her initial written document had essentially become a vision nearly a decade prior to her composing it.

Talk about sticking to a strategic, longstanding plan that had eventually come full circle.

“The divine message that I send to my audience is that my characters are people with issues unlike anyone else but there are reasons they act the way that they do,” Grace explained. “I want my audience to understand the reasons behind a character’s behavior.”

Much to her delight, the feedback since the release of her books has been remarkable to say the least.

“My first book has received outstanding feedback,” Grace said. “Many people have expressed their eagerness for the sequel. My latest book, ‘King, Duke, And Prince’ has just been released and I am anxious to hear the reviews.”

More than anything, Grace emphasized that her books are designed in large part to empower her reading audience on issues that have greatly helped share and affect our world.

“As a mental health professional, it is important for me to educate our community on mental health,” she said. “I use my writing as a tool to address these issues. I fuse my active imagination with real life and work experiences.”

Such a notable trend has proven beneficial to a number of people, Grace acknowledged.

“Many people told me that they related so much to the characters in the first book that it triggered some deep seeded emotions,” Grace said. “I believed God has purposed me to tell the type of stories that will enlighten as well as entertain.”

Interestingly, Grace’s announced that a third book is presently in the works.

A book that is entitled, “Miss Amanda And The One Room School,” this project is deemed a “historical picture book,” one that is based on the life of Grace’s grandmother, during which she began her teaching career in a one-room school in rural Louisiana in the 1930s.

“She taught several grades simultaneously in that school for 19 years,” Grace explained. “That school is now a museum.”

While Grace’s itinerary currently doesn’t include any speaking engagements, the possibility exist that could very well change much sooner than later.

PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE — “As a mental health professional, it is important for me to educate our community on mental health,” Grace said. “I use my writing as a tool to address these issues. I fuse my active imagination with real life and work experiences.”

“I do speak on mental health issues at churches and conferences,” said Grace, whose latest event last month was highlighted by her being a moderator for a mental health panel discussion during a women’s conference.

In addition, Grace’s professional resume includes assuming the role as co-host of the award-winning weekly internet radio show, “The Authors Lounge.”

Also, she currently serves as president and co-founder of The Metro Authors Group, an organization that The Metro Authors Group, which are sponsors for The Annual Books, Burgers, and More Literary Expo.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Sheryl Grace or to schedule her for a public appearance, book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Sheryl Grace. Also, send email to: mzgracebookz@gmail.com.


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Houston-area prep football standout Anthony Williams, Jr. generates one scholarship offer, ‘expects list to expand’ his coach says

TEXAS SIZE DREAMSA two-year starter for Hightower High in Missouri City, Texas — which is in the outskirts of Houston — Anthony Williams, Jr. doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his skills on display at the next level.
To his credit, it’s not a matter of if he will be afforded the golden opportunity of playing college football. Rather, it’s a matter of when. The first school to toss its name in the hat for the Williams, Jr. sweepstakes: Alcorn State University. (Photos by Cris Armijo)

Anthony Williams, Jr. was seemingly too young to remember.

For the record, he was four years old.

Old enough to become involved in recreational sports, as far as his mother, Rosalind Banks-Mayshack, was concerned.

“At the age of four, Anthony was enrolled in several sports at the local YMCA for extra-curricular activity,” Banks-Mayshack told Making Headline News this week. “He is an only child and there were literally no children in the neighborhood in his age group, so the YMCA was one of the avenues used to allow him to play and interact with other kids his age.”

STAR WATCH Add to the fact that he was ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect in Texas and amongst the Top 25 offensive tackles in the state by Lonestar Prospects, and it’s no wonder many who have witnessed Williams, Jr. (No. 76 in green) continuous progress in recent years believe other schools in all likelihood will surface with scholarship offers.

As Banks-Mayshack recalled, her son initially gave basketball a go.

Then he ventured off into T-ball.

Months later, it was on to flag football.

By the time he had turned six, he advanced to competitive football.

PROTECTING THE BLIND SIDEEven while being entrusted with a new role, Williams, Jr.’s was as good as advertised — this after he helped propelled the Hurricanes to an impressive 10-1 finished in his first full season as a starter. For his efforts, other schools have taken notice, thus placed him under their radar.

That is when things got a little more intriguing.

A little more than 11 years removed from having made his YMCA debut, Williams, Jr. has evolved as a prep football standout in mighty Texas, where this tradition-rich sport undoubtedly has become a hotbed for college scouts and recruiters.

A two-year starter for Hightower High in Missouri City, Texas — which is in the outskirts of Houston — Williams doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his skills on display at the next level.

To his credit, it’s not a matter of if he will be afforded the golden opportunity of playing college football.

CO-SIGNING“He’s a formidable kid,” Hightower coach Padriac McGinnis said of Williams, Jr. “He can play all three positions. He’s great kid…very respectful. He gets the job done. He’s almost like a coach on the field. He’s very vocal, but not a yeller. He’s leader in that he talks to (his teammates) and let them know what’s going on.”

Rather, it’s a matter of when.

A solid 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman, Williams, Jr. who has one full season of high school eligibility remaining, has already received one official scholarship offer, a development that transpired just before the start of the 2016 season.

The first school to toss its name in the hat for the Williams, Jr. sweepstakes: Alcorn State University.

“That list should expand,” Hightower coach Padriac McGinnis said of Williams, Jr., who was recently invited to Army All-American Combine in San Antonio. “I’m surprised he’s only gotten one offer.”

Still, Williams, Jr., whom McGinnis describes as one of the best all-around players he’s coached in some time, doesn’t appear fazed that his recruiting process is off to a somewhat slow start, in large part because he has manufactured a solid body of work over the past two seasons.

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Asides from being installed as a starter for a second consecutive year for a Hightower team that finished with a 5-5 mark in 2016, Williams, Jr.’s list of accolades reads like someone who’s being introduced to give a speech.

For starters, he was named Second-Team All-District as a sophomore only to upgrade that to First-Team All-District as a junior.

Add to the fact that he was ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect in Texas and amongst the Top 25 offensive tackles in the state by Lonestar Prospects, and it’s no wonder many who have witnessed Williams, Jr. continuous progress in recent years believe other schools in all likelihood will surface with scholarship offers.

The biggest mystery that remains is when.

STOCK RISINGAccording to Williams. Jr., the University of Houston, Texas State, Grambling State, Southern University, and the University of Minnesota have expressed interest in what appears to be shaping up to be a memorable culmination to high school football career.

“I played very well this season,” said Williams, Jr., who was selected to appear in the USA Football Development Games for a second straight year. “It was very challenging. However, I rose to the challenge.  I had to come into the season taking on a new position of left tackle and I had to take a leadership role as a returning starter.”

Even while being entrusted with a new role, Williams, Jr.’s was as good as advertised — this after he helped propelled the Hurricanes to an impressive 10-1 finished and a district championship in his first full season as a starter.

For his efforts, other schools have taken notice, thus placed him under their radar.

According to Williams. Jr., the University of Houston, Texas State, Grambling State, Southern University, and the University of Minnesota have expressed interest in what appears to be shaping up to be a memorable culmination to high school football career for a kid who’s gone to great lengths to make his mother proud.

“When I watch Anthony on the field, I am amazed and proud of the athlete and the young man that he has become,” Banks-Mayshack said. “He works very hard and his hard work is paying off both on and off of the field. He has a determination to do well and finish and that drive is exemplified on the football field.”

McGinnis echoed Banks-Mayshack’s thorough assessment.

“He’s a formidable kid,” McGinnis said of Williams, Jr. “He can play all three positions. He’s a great kid…very respectful. He gets the job done. He’s almost like a coach on the field. He’s very vocal, but not a yeller. He’s a leader in that he talks to (his teammates) and let them know what’s going on.”

After pausing momentarily, McGinnis suddenly offered a rather unique assessment about which scouts should consider.

A PROVEN LEADERMcGinnis suddenly offered a rather unique assessment about which scouts should consider. “If I’m running late (for practice), he’d go out and get the drills started without me even telling him,” McGinnis said.

“If I’m running late (for practice), he’d go out and get the drills started without me even telling him,” McGinnis said.

What a difference 11-plus years have made for a player who has made a strong case that he deserving of playing on Saturdays some time in Fall 2018.

“Anthony has come a long way from the six-year-old kid that did not know how to wrap up to the young man who loves the game and considers it his craft,” Banks-Mayshack said.

For the record, he knows exactly what he’s doing now, a trend about which a host of colleges will likewise find out.

Much sooner than later.



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