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National Notebook: Johnson reclassifies, Carr heads to Fla.


11:33 AM, Nov. 06, 2012 EST

Aquille Carr, who is known as the Crimestopper, has transferred from Patterson (Baltimore) to Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.). / Getty

Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) center Dakari Johnson has reclassified from 2014 to 2013. Johnson was a consensus top five player in the 2013 class and will likely remain in the top 10 in most rankings despite jumping up a class.

Dr. Kasey Kesselring, Headmaster of Montverde Academy, said in a press release that Johnson, who is an A-B student, will be just one credit shy of graduating at the end of the year and “will finish his remaining credit in summer school 2013.”

Last week, Montverde coach Kevin Boyle told USA TODAY HSS that he felt Johnson was a “future NBA Lottery pick” and that he expected Johnson, who had to sit out last year due to transfer rules, to star for the Eagles this season.

“Right now, I want to keep Dakari focused on school, his training and enjoying his senior year and his last high school season,” Boyle said in the release.

Carr Finds New Home in Florida

Aquille Carr has transferred from Patterson (Baltimore) to Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.), according to his uncle Hilbert Hebron.

“He’s down there and he’s settling in,” Hebron said. “He’s just ready to get to work.”

Carr, a 5-foot-7 scoring senior guard who is committed to Seton Hall, was the Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro Player of the Year as a junior and helped lead Patterson to the 4A state championship, averaging 24 points and eight assists a game.

He’s widely known as “The Crimestopper” because it’s said that when he’s playing Baltimore’s crime rate drops.

In August, Carr was arrested on domestic assault charges, which were dropped a month later on the condition that he completes a 22-week program at a domestic violence center.

“He’s ready to put all the negativity behind him and move on,” Hebron said. “He’s got a bright future ahead.”

Elliott Protects the Pill

After John Burroughs (St. Louis) running back Ezekiel Elliott coughed up the football in the closing seconds of the state title game last November, costing his team a championship against Logan-Rogersville (Rogersville, Mo.), Elliott, an Ohio State commit, learned the value of holding on to the football.

“I love the football and I don't want to ever let it go,” he said. “I’m just more focused now. I secure the ball at all times.”

Elliott said that he has yet to fumble since that game.

“Not even in practice,” he said. “You’ve just got to be more careful with the ball. I learned my lesson.”

Little League Helps with Sandy Relief

In the aftermath of Sandy, the Berkeley Little League in Berkeley, N.J., opened its concession stand a few months early to hand out food and drinks to people in need.

“They just wanted to do all they could to chip in and help,” said Lance Van Auken, VP of Little League International. “They also had a generator going to allow people to come in and charge their phones. There was an overwhelming response from everyone. They had to turn people away who wanted to help.”

Hoops Commits

Briarcrest Christian (Memphis) forward Austin Nichols to Memphis… Greenforest McCalep Christian (Decatur, Ga.) center Tosin Mehinti to UAB… Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) forward Devin Williams to West Virginia... Southwind (Memphis) shooting guard JaJuan Johnson to Marquette.

Football Commits

Bell (Hurst, Texas) offensive tackle Jesse Robinson to Oklahoma State… Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.) safety Dominique Alexander to Oklahoma… West Point (West Point, Miss.) safety Justin Cox to Mississippi State… Glassboro (Glassboro, N.J.) running back Corey Clement to Wisconsin… Wilson (West Lawn, Pa.) linebacker Junior Joseph to Connecticut.

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