One of the coolest aspects for fans watching the Little League World Series is how much they get to know the players. From the favorite baseball players of the South Koreans to the favorite foods of the Mexicans to the favorite hobbies of the Texas team, the event provides various forms of personal information.

One notable fact about one rather notable player involves Mo'ne Davis, the star female pitcher from Philadelphia. Davis, despite earning international attention for her baseball exploits, never shied away from telling the media about her real dream: Playing basketball for the University of Connecticut.

A 2010 video went viral during the LLWS, showing Davis cross over some male competition inside the three-point arc.

On Sunday, Davis got a chance to experience the WNBA life. The league hosted Davis as its special guest at Target Center in Minneapolis for Game 2 of the WNBA Western Conference Finals between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury.

A WNBA video shows a wide-eyed Davis embracing UConn legend Maya Moore in a Lynx shirt. Moore and the Mercury's Diana Taurasi, also a former UConn star, led their respective teams in scoring.

Davis also can be seen handing a signed copy of the Sports Illustrated issue in which she was featured on the cover to Brittney Griner of the Mercury. Davis did this while wearing her UConn sweatshirt, but that didn't stop Griner, the Baylor alum, from expressing her thanks.

Davis took some pictures and got autographs for herself, as seen with Griner, the Lynx's Lindsay Whalen, WNBA President Laurel Richie and Moore:

Griner, Moore and Taurasi are three of the faces of the ever-growing WNBA. Perhaps they'll still be around 10 years to take on rookie A Mo'ne Davis.

CiCi Bellis' first memory of the U.S. Open is watching on TV from her hometown of San Francisco, where the night matches are still early enough for a child.

"I was I think 6 or 7," she said. "I was watching [Maria] Sharapova play a match. I don't remember who she was playing."

Bellis will remember her opponent in her first U.S. Open match Tuesday. So will everyone else on the grounds at Flushing Meadows.

At 15 years, 4 months and 18 days, Bellis knocked off No. 12 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on Court 6. The home-schooled sophomore prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to win in her first WTA event. Bellis became the youngest player to win a match in Flushing Meadows since Anna Kournikova (15 years, 2 months) did so in 1996.

Ranked No. 1,208 in the world, Bellis had secured a wild card in the draw after winning the USTA Girls 18s National Championships two weeks ago.

"I went into the match thinking it was going to be such a great experience, but I never thought I would come out on top winning," she said.

Before we dig deeper into the significance of her win in tennis terms, here are a few quick facts to give you a better sense of Bellis:

Doing normal teen stuff? She likes the movies and the Stanford mall near her home in Atherton: "I actually just went with one of my friends. We went to Urban Outfitters."

TV show she'd like to do? "I love Ellen. I think I would want to go on Ellen."

Justin Bieber fan? "I used to like him when I was younger, a couple years ago."

Knocking off Cibulkova, 25, who reached the Australian Open final in January, did not come easy. After a 23-minute first set, Cibulkova took 38 minutes to win the second set. The third set featured 42 minutes of grinding before Bellis was able to win by a break.

"Words can't describe it right now" Bellis said. "Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to think of it better."

CiCi's father, Gordon, was in the crowd, wearing a plaid button-down short-sleeve shirt and shorts. He works at a private equity fund in San Francisco and does not have any personal connections to tennis or any professional sports for that matter. He claims CiCi owes her tennis prowess to her mother, who played on the junior and collegiate circuit. Lori was not at Court 6 on Tuesday, as her nerves got to her. She stayed back at the hotel.

"She swore she was going to come out to this, but didn't," Gordon said of his wife. "She was hoping it would be on TV, but it wasn't.

"We were texting her. She didn't want to look at the thing because she asked how bad it was going in the first set. I told her [CiCi] actually won the first set. She couldn't believe it. We were just happy she didn't get double-bageled."

Lori may make the trek to Queens on Thursday for Bellis' second-round match versus Zarina Diyas, the No. 48 player in the world from Kazakhstan. Unless Lori gets superstitious about staying back at the hotel.

If the match is not televised, Lori could always follow online. Bellis' name was trending on social media in the moments after her victory Tuesday afternoon.

"I know some of my friends were doing hashtag like takedownCibulkova, something like that," Bellis says. "I know three of my friends did that, I guess."

Cute, but a lot more than three people must have been tweeting her name.

In the players' lounge word spread among American players. Christina McHale, the 44th-ranked player in the world, won her first-round match around the same time as Bellis.

"I think it's awesome," said McHale, who made her U.S. Open debut at 17 in 2009. "She should stay as grounded as possible and take it one match at a time, but at the same time, enjoy it. It's just an unbelievable experience she's having here."

Madison Keys, 19, was aware of Bellis' wild-card spot and followed her fellow teenager during her own match.

"I saw her up on the screen," said Keys, who turned pro one day after her 14th birthday in 2009 and won her first-round match in her U.S. Open debut at 16 in 2011. "I knew that she won. Congrats to her. That's a massive win."

Keys earned early fame for defeating Serena Williams at a World Team Tennis event in 2009 while she was still 14. Now ranked No. 27 in the world, Keys has settled into her own on the professional circuit. She advises Bellis maintain a level head.

"I would say to embrace it, but also not to overthink it," Keys said. "You can definitely get very nervous and you can really start overthinking things and expecting a lot of yourself. I think she just has to go out, have fun and keep playing. She has plenty of years ahead of her."

When asked about his daughter's name, Gordon explains CiCi is a connection of her first name, Catherine, and her middle name, Cartan, Gordon's late mother's maiden name.

"It's better than Coco," he said.

Coco Vandeweghe, the 39th ranked player in the world, may disagree. The 22-year-old American (and niece of former basketball player Kiki Vandeweghe) has been living in the spotlight with the name since she turned pro in 2008 at age 16. But Coco doesn't know CiCi.

"I haven't heard of the score, nor have I heard of her," Vandeweghe said.

With that said, Vandeweghe recalled her first match in Queens in 2008, a straight-sets loss to eventual runner-up Jelena Jankovic.

"I was one year older than her when I played my first match here on Ashe, a night match," Vandeweghe said. "I wasn't able to grasp the situation well at all. I played Jelena Jankovic. I remember so clearly I tossed up the ball on the first point and I swung at it and I thought, 'This isn't even going to hit the court. This is going to hit the stands.' I aimed right down the tee and ended up acing her wide. That's how nervous I was."

Vandeweghe expressed awe as she was given details of Bellis' three-set win Tuesday.

"It's a great feeling for a young American," Vandeweghe says. "I hope she realizes what she was able to accomplish. Cibulkova was a grand slam finalist this year, so it's not like she's out of form."

Bellis said she still plans to play college tennis before turning pros. Bellis could have cashed in $60,000 Tuesday with the first-round victory but she opted to keeping her amateur status and college dreams alive.

"I don't try to think about it," Bellis said about the $60,000. "I try to focus on tennis rather than anything else.

Her father provided the comedy:

"There are bigger things out there than money," Gordon said. "If she wins the finals, then we might have a different discussion."

Like most teenagers, Bellis has a social media presence, and her following grew considerably Tuesday. Despite the boost in virtual friends, Bellis has a second round to keep focused on.

"Don't change anything because you've got a million people hitting you up on Twitter or whatever," Vandeweghe said. "Just keep it cool."

Bellis, who also played soccer before giving it up to focus on tennis at age 10, said her tennis idol is Kim Clijsters. The Belgian won three times in Flushing Meadows before her final retirement in 2012. Clijsters won for the first time at the U.S. Open in 1999 -- Bellis' birth year -- making a trip to the third round as a 16-year-old.

Bellis admires Clijsters' perseverance.

"Her confidence on the court, the way she carried herself, her game," Bellis said. "I love everything about it. The fact she had kids, then came back to win the U.S. Open, that's crazy."

Speaking of kids, CiCi is an only child. Tennis has a history of being a sport in which parents are particularly involved in dictating a teenage player's career path, for better or for worse. Some end up making bright decisions, while others arguably crush their children's dream.

"We've definitely seen when players have been very great and then the parents had unfortunate circumstances and then the player basically goes apart," Gordon said. "I don't want to name names, but there are numerous examples of that. You just have to be very cognizant of that and make sure you're doing this for the child.

"It's for them and not for you."

For CiCi, Gordon and Lori, there were no extravagant celebration plans Tuesday.

"Just quiet dinner or something," she said. "Then [I'll] think about the next match, not really celebrate too much."

But unlike the details of that Maria Sharapova match nearly a decade ago, she will remember plenty about Tuesday.

The nation's best high school quarterback attends St. John Bosco High School outside Los Angeles.

He goes to confession twice a semester, attends team Mass before games, huddles for post-practice prayer sessions, journeys on faith-based retreats and takes an annual religion class -- typical obligations for a student-athlete at an all-boys, Catholic high school.

And he is Jewish.

Meet Josh Rosen.

"He's really respectful," said St. John Bosco senior guard Matthew Katnik. "He sits when he has to, stands when he has to."

The UCLA-bound Rosen also stands out as a quarterback with Jewish roots. Though Benny Friedman and Sid Luckman -- playing before the 1950s -- made the Hall of Fame, Jay Fielder and Sage Rosenfels are the only two modern-era Jewish NFL quarterbacks.

When asked if he takes pride in being part of a select group of noteworthy Jewish quarterbacks, Rosen, who calls himself "kind of an atheist" and whose mother is a Quaker Christian, brushes it aside.

"(I) just happen to have that kind of background," he said. "There really isn't too much to it."

There, however, is no downplaying his accomplishments on the high school level. Rivals.com's No. 1 ranked quarterback (and No. 2 ranked player overall) in the 2015 class, Rosen has thrown for 5,287 yards, 61 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

The 6-4, 210-pounder with a quick release and great pocket presence completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards, 39 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while leading Bosco to a 16-0 record and a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state title last year.

Rosen, 17, is one of the best quarterbacks in years from the Southern California area, a region that has produced Heisman Trophy winners, first-round draft picks and NFL starting quarterbacks.

"I have seen a lot of quarterbacks in my career -- Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley and some of those really, really talented guys," Bosco coach Jason Negro said. "Josh is every bit as talented as those individuals."

Legendary Mater Dei High coach Bruce Rollinson, who coached Barkley and Leinart, saw Rosen's entire throwing repertoire -- the touch pass, the mid-range pass and the deep ball -- firsthand as he lost to Bosco twice, 24-2 and 34-7, last year.

"He's everything that the press has been speaking about," Rollinson said. "He's a force to be reckoned with."

The senior will showcase his skills Aug. 22 when Bosco begins its season against Saint Louis (Hawaii) School at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium. There Rosen will orchestrate Bosco's explosive no-huddle, spread attack.

"We are definitely at another level in terms of our ability to be sophisticated offensively," Negro said. "We're able to do so much because of the intelligence of our quarterback."

His intelligence extends off the field.

The son of a Penn-educated father -- spine surgeon Dr. Charles Rosen -- and a Princeton-educated mother -- former journalist Liz Lippincott -- Rosen has a cumulative 4.3 GPA. He took four AP classes and Honors Pre-Calculus last year. (He's not allowed to take as many AP classes this year since he would have to drop them halfway through, because of his early enrollment at UCLA.)

"He doesn't mind helping other people that have trouble understanding something," said Katnik, who took AP U.S. History and AP Physics with Rosen. "He's a really smart kid."

Rosen's AP credits apply toward his UCLA degree requirement, part of the reason he wanted to attend the California state school. That allows him to either graduate in three years and enroll in the UCLA Anderson School of Management's MBA program as a senior -- or graduate in three years and enter the NFL.

Either way he is prepared for the next phase in life.

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Rosen seemed destined to play quarterback.

Before he turned 1, he was constantly throwing things from his crib, including one time when Lippincott entered his room, after his nap.

"He launched his bottle," she said. "I swear it almost knocked me out."

Though a natural passer, his first love was tennis. Sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods, he earned a top 10 ranking in junior tennis and traveled the country for national tournaments. He even quit football in sixth and seventh grade to focus on tennis.

"That was my sport," Rosen said. "Tennis was what I really wanted to do."

But because of the repetitive swings, he suffered overuse injuries (scapula dyskinesis and glenohumeral internal rotation deficit or GIRD) to his shoulder during winter nationals in Arizona.

He avoided surgery, and his throwing shoulder healed. But his tennis interest waned, and he sought a team-oriented sport at a school. (Most elite tennis players don't attend four-year colleges; many are even homeschooled through high school.)

Football became his game, and -- with the exception of playing on the Bosco team last year -- he has not played tennis competitively since junior high.

His athletic gifts come from his parents. A nationally ranked ice skater, Charles Rosen competed in the sport until he was 20 and narrowly missed making the Winter Olympics in the mid-1970s. Lippincott captained the Princeton lacrosse team.

"There's a genetic component to athletes," Dr. Rosen said. "And he's got two jocks as parents."

In addition to the athletic bloodlines, Josh Rosen has an impressive lineage. His mom's great-great-great grandfather was Joseph Wharton.

The patriarch of one of the many Quaker families who became successful business entrepreneurs -- including the founders of Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays -- Wharton manufactured iron and nickel, co-founded Bethlehem Steel and established Wharton, University of Pennsylvania's renowned business school.

The Rosens vacation at the Whartons' Jamestown, Va., home every summer.

Joseph Wharton's daughter, Joanna, married Philadelphia publisher J. Bertram Lippincott in 1887 and named their oldest son Joseph Wharton Lippincott.

Liz's father was the last family CEO of noted publishing house J.B. Lippincott & Co, which was later acquired by Harper & Row, and Josh -- whose full name is Josh Ballinger Lippincott Rosen -- is named after the publisher's founder.

"We don't usually use (the full name) just because it's kind of pretentious," Liz joked. "It's just for the family sentimentality."

While combining those Quaker roots and Jewish upbringing, Josh had a Bar Mitzvah and attends Seder every Passover, but he also celebrates Christmas.

"My parents are pretty awesome in letting me kind of pick my own path," Rosen said, "and letting me believe what I want to believe."

Perhaps that's why Rosen has enjoyed learning the perspective of different religions and philosophies while at Bosco, the school recommended by friend and current Cal WR Bryce Treggs. Rosen recently completed a nine-page paper entitled "What is the good life?"

Bosco has about 820 students, and that includes Mormons, Baptists and several who hail from Polynesia. The football program has around 210 players, and last year's center, Elijah Zabludoff, was Jewish.

That gave the Catholic school the unusual distinction of having an all-Jewish, center-quarterback exchange in 2013.

Though Bosco has provided a comfortable environment for someone raised Jewish, Rosen, who self-deprecatingly said he has "got a relatively big nose," has received derision about that from opposing teams.

"I've gotten some slurs here and there," Rosen said, "but not anything too bad. It's all fun and games."

Rosen declined to delve further. And whether it was just meaningless trash talk as he insinuated or something more nefarious, it's a far cry from the injustices experienced generations ago.

During his late-teens, Charles Rosen remembers clearly outskating opponents -- but then ending up behind them in the final rankings. One notion was that the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) wanted to present less ethnic looking skaters as All-American champions during the Cold War era.

"It used to be difficult in athletics sometimes if you were Jewish," Dr. Rosen said. "That was 30 years ago, and things change."

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Rosen will enroll at UCLA early, starting college in the winter quarter after graduating high school, following the fall semester.

The opportunity to start as a true freshman was a major reason he chose UCLA. The Bruins are slated to have an open QB competition to replace Heisman Trophy candidate Brett Hundley, with whom Rosen visits whenever he swings by the UCLA campus.

Bosco runs a similar offense to UCLA. The Bosco staff has visited that school, along with Oregon and Arizona State, during the past couple years, and those programs greatly influenced Bosco's attack, which is predicated on its quick pace.

"That's one of the reasons Josh is going to be such a good fit at UCLA," Negro said.

Despite possessing the large frame of a dropback passer, Rosen is adept at running the zone-read. He burned Mater Dei during the teams' playoff game last year, breaking tackles to the tune of 11 carries for 113 yards.

"He really had a tremendous all-around game -- running, throwing," Rollinson said. "He was on fire."

That shows that even when high school opponents try to disguise coverages on the back end, Rosen will find a way to lead his team to victory.

It's a trait he began showcasing as a sophomore, after playing on the JV as a high school freshman.

On fourth-and-goal with 3:11 remaining and Bosco down 17-10 to Notre Dame (Calif.) High in the 2012 CIF Pac-5 Division Quarterfinals, Rosen rolled right and connected on a nine-yard, pylon route to A.J. Holman to tie the game. He then led the team down the field to score the game-winning touchdown with 1:19 left.

"That was pretty much the defining moment," Negro said. "We knew he was going to be special."

Rosen is certainly an exceptional case, but while many may focus on a talented Jewish quarterback leading a Catholic school, ideologies are secondary for the heralded passer.

"They could be praying to Zeus every time at those games," Dr. Rosen said. "And he wouldn't care as long he gets to throw a football."

The McDonogh School girls lacrosse program in Maryland entered the annals of high school history Thursday with an 18-10 win over St. Paul's. It was the Eagles' 104th straight win, a mark that unofficially amounts to the longest consecutive streak without a loss by any high school girls lacrosse team in the country.

McDonogh, which hasn't been defeated since April 11, 2009, tied a record set by Loch Raven in 1982 and Mount Hebron in 2007 with a victory over Marriotts Ridge on Monday. The Eagles, whose campus is in Owings Mills, Md., have won five consecutive state championships and have been ranked as the country's top team for the past four years.

This year's team is relatively inexperienced, only seven seniors are on the roster, but players say they are not affected by the pressure of the incredible streak.

"The streak is definitely there, but I feel like we don't think about it that much as a team," junior Elizabeth George told the Baltimore Sun. "We're more focused on just playing well together and winning on our own, not winning for the streak. Every team wants to win, so you try to just play well and play the best you can. If we do that, I think the streak will stay alive."

McDonogh hasn't avoided top competition, and coach Chris Robinson (below) has brought his team out of state to face some of the nation's best teams.


"Every team that we see has six or seven Division I players," Robinson told the Sun, "and some teams, like [Notre Dame Prep], have 15 of them. We haven't been a team that's dodged any competition. We've played the best from New York and Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Georgia, wherever. Over the last five years, we've played everybody we could get on our schedule and fit in by league rules..."

McDonogh's victory puts them in elite company with other unstoppable high school teams. Perhaps the most notable high school winning streak is that of De La Salle's football program. Behind star players like Amani Toomer, Maurice Jones-Drew and D.J. Williams, the Spartans won 151 straight games from 1992 to 2003. They are the subject of a book by sportswriter Neil Hayes as well as an upcoming film.

Recently, the Duncanville (Texas) girls basketball team had its 105-game winning streak snapped in the state championship game.

The McDonogh lacrosse team will begin a quest for its sixth straight state title on May 5, when the state playoffs begin.

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For someone who prides himself on defense and assists, Seth Kraft isn't too bad at bringing the ball to the hoop.

A 4-foot-1 student-coach at Laurel High School in Montana, Kraft was given an amazing opportunity on his 18th birthday, which also happened to be Senior Night for the Locomotives. Laurel's coach, Pat Hansen, gave him the opportunity to play, and Kraft did not disappoint.

Before the game, Kraft said he would be satisfied if he simply made an impact.

"I like assists, and I like playing 'D' (defense),” Kraft, who has dwarfism, told the Billings Gazette. “I will steal the ball if I have the chance. I’m not going to take it easy on them. It'll be great if I score, but it’s OK if I don’t. I’ll be successful tonight if I make an impact, even a small one."

Kraft did much more than that.

In front of a packed crowd with fans holding signs that read his name, Kraft drove uncontested to the basket and put in a layup midway through the first quarter. As one can imagine, the fans went wild.

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As impressive as this play was, it wasn't all that surprising to those who are familiar with Kraft's high basketball IQ.

“He is a modern-day Larry Bird,” Hansen said of Kraft. "He likes to talk trash. But he’s also an incredible kid, highly intelligent and very witty. He takes every possession, every shot to heart."

A similar story involving a student with dwarfism occurred in northern California last week.

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While you might be doing your best to help melt the Netflix server by binging on the second season of House Of Cards and the final batch of episodes for Breaking Bad, here is some lighter fare from the streaming video provider.

The Short Game, a Netflix original, is a documentary about youth golf. Specifically it looks at eight competitors in the world championship of junior golf. They are all 7-year-olds. One is Anna Kournikova's brother, Allan. The tournament helps decide who might be designated golf's latest phenom, but the film provides another interesting study of issues such as family dynamics and competition.

Married stars Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are executive producers of the film. Here's a trailer:

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Anthony Davis will always be remembered as the centerpiece for one of the most talented college basketball teams ever.

Davis' 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats went 38-2, won the national championship and produced four first-round draft picks.

And while that team has a lore of its own, in a recent interview Davis said he and some Chicago buddies were initially considering a plan that would have shaken up college basketball in its own right.

The idea, as Davis told ESPN's Bill Simmons during an interview at the All-Star Game festivities in New Orleans, was for several of the top Chicago recruits to commit to DePaul. That included Davis (ranked by Rivals as the No. 2 recruit in his class), Wayne Blackshear (No. 36, committed to Louisville), Tracy Abrams (No. 58, committed to Illinois) and Mike Shaw (No. 59, committed to Illinois).

But, Davis says, one guy in the group was on the fence and committed elsewhere. After that the players disbanded.

If they had stayed together, this would have been an enormous coup for DePaul and one of the most interesting recruiting stories since the Fab Five joined forces at Michigan. As Simmons points out in the interview, Chicago produces some of the country's finest basketball talent but doesn't have a truly dominant college. Davis and his buddies seemed intent on changing that.

Furthermore, if Davis hadn't gone to Kentucky that team surely wouldn't have been as dominant as it was. But by combining forces with Blackshear, who won a national championship at Louisville last year, as well as Abrams and Shaw, Davis would have had a pretty strong group at DePaul. Add in Cleveland Melvin, the DePaul forward who won Big East Freshman of the Year in 2011 and would've been a sophomore when Davis was a freshman, and that's a formidable team.

It also would've significantly boosted DePaul's national reputation. While the Blue Demons have a strong basketball history, they haven't been to the NCAA tournament since 2004 and haven't had an NBA draft pick since Wilson Chandler in 2007.

Davis discusses the plan at around the 16:30 mark of this interview:

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These days it's easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding prep stars.

Young football and basketball players are practically superstars, with tens thousands of Twitter followers and Sports Illustrated cover stories before entering college.

Premature? Sure. But that's the way our sports media culture is moving, and there are no indications that the enormous attention paid to high schoolers is going to change.

With that in mind, we'd like to introduce you to the next high school basketball megastar. His name is Thon Maker, and he's a 7-foot-1 sophomore who is being compared to Kevin Durant. Maker's got an interesting backstory -- he was born in Sudan and spent much of his adolescence in Australia. He grew up playing soccer.

Maker's most recent highlight reel, posted to YouTube several days ago, already has a quarter of a million views.

Need more proof of Maker's unique talent? Check out what some top writers are saying about him:





Yes, it's probably too early to be fawning over a kid who won't graduate high school for two more years. But it's hard not to be impressed by Maker's incredible talent and to wonder what he might be able to do as a pro.

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In the no-holds-barred world of recruiting today, coaches are trying to secure the advantage for their schools in any way they can.

Sometimes that means sending a recruit hundreds of personalized letters. Other times that means making a grand entrance by arriving to a game in the "Swag Copter."

Or, as was the case recently for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, sometimes that means wrestling a recruit in his living room.

Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald writes that during a visit to four-star offensive lineman Tanner Farmer's house, Pelini presented the high schooler with a weird request.

Farmer, who stands 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, is a state wrestling champ in Illinois. Perhaps with that in mind, Pelini challenged Farmer to pin him on the coach's home visit.

Here's a humorous anecdote from McKewon's story:

I bet you can't take me down, Pelini joked with Tanner. Farmer hesitated. Pelini is pretty tall and in good shape. But he's not a wrestler.

Go on, boy, Brian told his son. If he wants to go, go.

You scared to take me down? Pelini said to Tanner.

The strongest player in Nebraska's 2014 class got Pelini in a hold and lifted him up in the air. There, a potential takedown turned into a big hug between coach and player.

“It was a cool moment,” Brian said.

Interesting tactic, Bo. Some recruits might be intimidated, but luckily Farmer appeared to enjoy the moment. He signed his letter of intent Wednesday to play at Nebraska.

Ranked No. 82 in the country, Farmer is the top-rated recruit in Nebraska's class this year, so it's understandable why Pelini pulled out all the stops.

Check out Farmer's wrestling prowess:

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A recent trend in college football has seen players finish high school early and get a jump on getting to campus. This allows the player to start taking classes, train with the team and just ease into college life. Perhaps the biggest benefit is that the player can participate in spring practice.

For the first time since Pat Fitzgerald became coach in 2006, Northwestern has such a player. Parrker Westphal, a defensive back/kick returner, enrolled in classes at Northwestern in January as the school began its winter quarter.

"He told me he was ready to go to college when he was a freshman in high school," Fitzgerald said to the Chicago Tribune.

Here is Westphal, who is from the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, in action:

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Westphal is ranked No. 19 nationally at cornerback by Rivals.com.

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