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2024 DL Santana Williams’ Ties to Jaylen Twyman, Isaiah Neal Loom Massive Forward of His Go to



It solely made sense that Jaylen Twyman’s identify arose as Isaiah Neal stood earlier than the rostrum on the South Aspect for the primary time earlier this month.

When Twyman got here out of the DMV within the class of 2017, he was a top-ranked recruit within the space. It was the identical state of affairs for Neal as he adopted Twyman’s path six years later. So, after all, the pair talked. Neal picked his mind.

Nonetheless, as Twyman’s identify was talked about earlier this month, Neal introduced up Twyman’s youthful brother Santana Williams first — one among his finest associates rising up. He made certain to say that Williams additionally holds a suggestion from Pitt.

Williams — a 6-foot-1, 290-pound defensive deal with from Charles Herbert Flowers Excessive in Higher Marlboro, Maryland — picked up a suggestion from Pitt almost two years in the past, and he’s making it out to Pittsburgh on March 14.

Williams, who holds presents from Boston Faculty, Charlotte, James Madison, Pitt, Temple, Toledo and South Florida, has been to Pitt’s campus 4 or 5 occasions now, rising up because the youthful brother of a former All-American, however he’s excited to have the ability to come down and simply take a look at how a follow runs at Pitt.

He’s been speaking to line of defense coach Charlie Partridge lots these days, referring to the place this system goes, what’s taking place at Pitt nowadays and the place Williams would be capable of slot in schematically.

Partridge is a giant fan of Williams’ fast twitch, his get-off when speeding opposing quarterbacks and the power to play with a degree of explosiveness that leaves opposing offensive linemen within the mud.

Williams is raring to see how Pitt conducts a follow, watch how Partridge runs his defensive linemen, however he’d be mendacity if he mentioned he didn’t need to watch Neal in motion.

“I wanna see my man Isaiah Neal,” Williams mentioned. “I wanna see him get in some drills and get lively, and I wanna come again down there and get to speak to educate Partridge and coach Narduzzi.” 

Neal and Williams have been coaching collectively because the eighth grade, understanding collectively and hanging out collectively proper after — when Neal was house, they spent each weekend collectively. “We actually do every little thing collectively,” Williams mentioned. “That’s my man.”

But when there’s one factor they haven’t accomplished collectively, it’s play collectively on the identical line of defense on a subject. Think about the potential. 

“It means lots to me, with the bond we’ve acquired, it will be nice taking part in collectively,” Williams mentioned. “We have already got that tight bond, us on the identical line, it’d be nice.”

As a junior on a 13-1 Charles Herbert Flowers squad, Williams was a bodily presence throughout the line of defense. He racked up 55 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 11 sacks on the way in which to first-team All-County honors.

Williams isn’t but rated by the main recruiting web sites, however that may seemingly change as he goes via his spring and summer season recruitment.

He has a busy spring arrange already, planning visits to North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and probably Miami and Liberty, however Pitt is firmly within the image. He talks to his brother — and Neal since he’s arrived on campus — about Pitt on a regular basis.

Pitt stands out from a number of the different packages in his recruiting course of largely due to Partridge, the way in which he runs his line of defense and the way he prepares ‘undersized’ defensive linemen for achievement, however it’s only a system that fits his type of play. Twyman and Calijah Kancey — and Neal — additionally play an element.

“(Pitt) feels nice,” Williams mentioned. “Pitt, they’re positively high of my recruitment. I really like Pitt, for certain.”

Williams plans to commit on July 4, after he makes his official visits over the summer season, so he’s getting nearer and nearer to his dedication by the day. He’ll be at Pitt at the very least two extra occasions, as soon as in March and as soon as once more in April for the spring sport.


Colonials Miss Alternatives in Disappointing Loss to IUPUI



INDIANAPOLIS — For the primary 32 minutes of Robert Morris’ 81-75 loss to IUPUI, a number of alternatives introduced themselves for the Colonials to take management of the sport.

They’d turned IUPUI massive man Chris Osten right into a non-factor, anchoring him to the bench with foul bother. They’d constructed a five-point halftime lead, regardless of a chilly taking pictures evening. They’d spent the primary half on the foul line, hitting 12 foul photographs to the Jaguars’ 4.

However regardless of all of that, Robert Morris couldn’t make the most of its alternatives and shake its host — and over the ultimate eight minutes, the Jaguars made the Colonials pay.

With IUPUI up one with 7:20 left, D.J. Jackson arrange an Armon Jarrard layup, then hit two free throws to present IUPUI a five-point cushion. Amazingly, the Colonials by no means received even once more, costing themselves an opportunity to earn a bye within the Horizon League match and seeing their four-game profitable streak finish on Thursday evening at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

“We had been in a position to combat our manner again and get the lead on the half, however then our protection simply failed us,” Robert Morris coach Andy Toole stated. “We didn’t proceed to defend the way in which we wanted to defend, clearly, as we gave up (52) factors in that second half. We couldn’t get the stops and couldn’t get the rebounds we wanted, and that was actually the important thing.”

On the floor, the Colonials (15-16, 10-10 Horizon) appeared to have the best setup to cease the Jaguars (5-25, 2-17) as soon as IUPUI misplaced Osten to foul bother inside the first couple of minutes. When the groups met in Moon Township, Osten scored 21 factors, main the IUPUI assault. However this time, Osten discovered himself carrying three fouls in six minutes of motion, seemingly opening the door for RMU to pound the ball inside.

However that didn’t occur. As a substitute, the Colonials struggled to search out their rhythm inside, taking pictures simply 5-for-16 from two-point vary within the first half even with out Osten within the recreation. Whereas the IUPUI ahead sat, Robert Morris missed a number of makeable photographs and threw away a number of possessions, maintaining the Jaguars within the recreation.

That was all of the opening that Jackson wanted. With main scorer Jlynn Counter struggling along with his shot and Osten out of motion, Jackson constructed on his displaying per week in the past at Oakland with 24 factors and 12 rebounds, each profession highs and his first double double.

“He’s a particularly good scorer, and he performed his coronary heart out (Thursday),” stated Counter, who ultimately scored 17 factors however wanted 16 photographs to do it. “I didn’t shoot very properly (Thursday), however he shot 7-for-11. We want effectivity like that; that simply helps the trigger.”

In distinction, the Colonials damage their trigger all through the second half with chilly taking pictures on offense and poor decision-making on protection. Within the second half, Robert Morris ignited the Jaguars’ comeback with an ill-timed foul of Vincent Brady on a 3-pointer, permitting the guard to hit all three foul photographs and preserve IUPUI’s deficit manageable. Over the ultimate seven minutes, the Colonials twice fouled IUPUI guard Armon Jarrard as he was making a 3-pointer, giving him two four-point play alternatives.

“There was a stretch within the second half the place we gave up too many baskets, fouled a pair 3-point shooters, and that’s stuff that you would be able to’t have occur,” Robert Morris ahead Kahliel Spear stated. “While you surrender these performs, that’s what occurs and it’s a nasty feeling.”

Spear did many of the work on offense for the Colonials, scoring 27 factors to guide all scorers. However Robert Morris couldn’t preserve tempo as a result of no person may hit a 3-pointer within the second half. Whereas the Jaguars went a stable 5-for-12 from deep and cashed in one other three factors on Brady getting fouled taking pictures a 3, the Colonials went 0-for-9 from behind the arc within the second half. Slightly than construct off the lead and assault the basket, the Colonials settled for longer photographs after which couldn’t money within the rebound, permitting IUPUI to steadily swing the sport’s momentum to their aspect.

The loss means Robert Morris will play within the first spherical of the Horizon League match, which begins Feb. 28. The one silver lining is that the Colonials will play at residence in opposition to both IUPUI (0-14 on the street) or Inexperienced Bay (1-16 away) when the match opens, however that paled compared to the misplaced alternative, a becoming end result after a recreation that proved stuffed with missed possibilities for RMU.

“I assumed there have been occasions the place we had alternatives that we didn’t make the most of, and we missed quite a lot of photographs on the rim,” Toole stated. “That damage us, nevertheless it goes again to the protection. Seventy-five factors is greater than we common however giving up 81 actually just isn’t a recipe for us to achieve success.”

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Cinedigm Acquires All North American Rights to Lithuanian Slasher ‘Pensive’



Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights to the morbid horror movie Pensive out of EFM. The Firm plans to launch the bloody slasher on its horror streaming platform, SCREAMBOX, which is powered by Bloody Disgusting, later this 12 months as a SCREAMBOX Unique.

Impressed by native legends, Pensive follows a bunch of privileged highschool classmates. After these classmates destroy a set of life-size picket statues throughout a wild commencement social gathering, a mysterious killer begins selecting the group off one after the other.

The thriller is produced by Emilija Sluskonyte for Cometos and premiered within the Baltic competitors in Tallinn Black Nights Movie Competition.

“Gory and superb, Pensive is a gritty throwback to the ’80s and the heyday of slasher cinema,” stated Brad Miska, Managing Director of Bloody Disgusting. “Calling again to Friday the 13ththe filmmakers took what was nice about that period and provides it a refreshing raise with the infusion of Jap European folklore.”  

The deal was negotiated by Brandon Hill, Director of Acquisitions, on behalf of Cinedigm and Anna Krupnova, Co-Managing Director of REASON8 Movies on behalf of the movie.

SCREAMBOX includes a broad mixture of content material for informal and die-hard horror followers alike. The service is refreshed month-to-month with content material from the Firm’s intensive style library with movies and episodes delivering each kind of terror possible — Supernatural, Slashers, Zombies and extra. SCREAMBOX at the moment options basic horror movies like Slumber Get together Bloodbath and the unique Home on Haunted Hill, the blockbuster indie horror movies The Outwaters and Terrifier 2 in addition to horror sequence similar to “The Island” and “Grasp of Horror.” SCREAMBOX lately acquired the docuseries “RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop” and the documentary movie Hollywood Goals and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story. SCREAMBOX is accessible to stream on iOS, Android, Prime Video, YouTube TV, Comcast, Cox and

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Pitt DE Deslin Alexandre Awarded Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the 12 months Honor



Deslin Alexandre is the 2023 Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the 12 months.

Alexandre, who was awarded the dignity over Penn State’s Sean Clifford and Oregon’s Alex Forsyth, was deemed because the FBS participant ‘who finest demonstrates an impressive report of management by exhibiting distinctive braveness, integrity and sportsmanship,’ as introduced Thursday evening.

“I’m honored to current the sixth annual Collegiate Man of the 12 months to Deslin Alexandre,” Witten stated within the press launch. “He is a good chief and a job mannequin for younger athletes. He got here to the U.S. from Haiti at a younger age and overcame loads of challenges to turn into an excellent participant and chief, each on campus and locally. He is an ideal instance of what a school student-athlete might be.”

He established the fifth Down Marketing campaign earlier this yr, partnering with the Pittsburgh Child’s Basis, as a method to supply an additional ‘fifth down’ for the youngsters in his native Haiti. The objective was set to supply primary wants, similar to meals and schooling, for youngsters in Cap-Haitien, Haiti — reaching and exceeding his objective of $50,000.

Alexandre has additionally frolicked with the native Homewood youth soccer workforce and, together with Calijah Kancey and Brandon Hill, volunteered on the Ronald McDonald Home within the Kids’s Hospital to serve lunch to households.

“I don’t suppose there are sufficient superlatives to explain Deslin and his achievements whereas on the College of Pittsburgh,” Pitt head soccer coach Pat Narduzzi stated within the assertion. “His influence as a scholar, athlete and group chief is so inspiring. He represents the very best of what it means to be a Pitt Panther. Deslin has given Pitt so many causes to be proud and I do know he’ll make the Witten household proud because the recipient of this excellent award.”

Other than his work for the fifth Down Marketing campaign, and his efforts on the soccer subject the place he’s served as certainly one of Pitt’s captains for the final two seasons, he’s been busy within the classroom and the group.

“Alexandre is a perennial Honor Roll scholar pursuing an MBA in Pitt’s Katz Graduate College of Enterprise,” the Witten CMofY launch acknowledged. “Locally, Alexandre units the tempo for Pitt’s whole athletic division, passionately dedicating time to the Make-A-Want Basis, literacy promotion and Divine Mercy Parish’s historic “Crimson Door” program that gives meals and clothes for the homeless.”

In 5 seasons at Pitt, Alexandre has compiled 131 tackles (59 solo), 29.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, an interception, seven cross breakups and two fumble recoveries.

As a super-senior captain in 2022, he racked up 29 tackles (13 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two cross breakups and compelled a security in a win over Duke.

It’s an unimaginable honor for Alexandre, who has proven a degree of dedication on and off the soccer subject for Pitt throughout his whole time in Pittsburgh. And he acknowledged late final yr that it wouldn’t be attainable with out the assistance he’s acquired.

“For everybody, even Marcus Minor’s mother has been doing loads of work behind the scenes serving to folks get out, so I’m grateful for that,” Alexandre stated in November. “I’m grateful to all of you guys for serving to to get the story out, Ms. Celeste (Walsh) serving to me get this collectively, everybody who has had a hand in it, who donated. When you hear this, I simply wish to say thanks. Thanks for permitting me to assist folks, thanks to them for serving to folks additionally, it takes us all.”

Alexandre, who was spectacular on the Collegiate Bowl earlier this yr, will look to make the bounce to the NFL in April.

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