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Ravenscroft's Kelly making the rounds

Ravenscroft basketball forward Ryan Kelly moved a little closer to making his college basketball decision when he made his official visit to Vanderbilt.

Kelly, 6 feet 10 and one of the hottest recruits in the country, has other official visits scheduled to Wake Forest (Sept. 6), Notre Dame (Sept. 13) and Georgetown (Sept. 20).

North Carolina and Duke are his other finalists, but he is familiar with both programs, and he is limited to five official visits by the NCAA.

Kelly exploded on the national scene last spring and generally is ranked among the top 25 senior prospects in the country.

"Ryan is making a very systematic decision," said Doreen Kelly, his mother. "He isn't going to be swayed by what he likes on a visit. He is going to make the 'broken leg' decision -- where would he want to go to school if he wasn't playing basketball.

"I am thrilled with the schools he is considering. They all offer great academics and great athletics."

Kelly is from a multi-generational basketball family.

On visits, Doreen Kelly is not so much interested in hearing about how wonderful her son is. She'd much rather hear about how that particular school runs its secondary break.

"I'm not sure the coaches are used to moms asking that," she said.

LOUISBURG PROSPECT: Louisburg running back Hakeem Strickland is beginning to receive college recruiting attention.

The 5-10, 175-pound Strickland doesn't have many offers yet, but his mail from colleges is picking up, according to Warriors coach James Collier.

"He is hearing the most from Duke, Rutgers and Appalachian State right now," Collier said.

"Duke seems to be the most interested, and Wednesday Hakeem had Duke stuff on his car. It is up to the colleges now."

Strickland has rushed for 5,216 yards in his career, including 2,150 during a 12-2 season in 2007.

The opposing coaches at an eight-team preseason scrimmage at Wake Forest-Rolesville were very impressed with him.

"Louisburg may have the best pair of running backs in the area," Clayton coach Gary Fowler said. "Strickland could start for just about any team in the area."

Collier said Strickland has opened some eyes.

"He went to the Florida State camp and was named the MVP of the whole camp," Collier said.

"I think he can help some college team, and I think the college coaches know that. He's going to get some offers."

New Duke coach Dave Cutcliffe is recruiting well in North Carolina. The Blue Devils have 21 football commitments, including nine from the state of North Carolina.

McCLINTOCK TO PATTERSON: Hunter McClintock, who led the area in basketball scoring in 2007-08, has enrolled at Patterson School in Lenoir.

Patterson School annually has one of the top prep school programs in the country.

McClintock averaged 27 points per game at Northern Durham last season.

He had some college basketball scholarship offers but decided to go to prep school.

RAVENS ADD transfer: Luke Davis, a standout basketball guard at Broughton in 2007-08, has transferred to Ravenscroft.

Davis was a junior at Broughton last year but has been classified as a junior for this season.

He led the Caps in scoring last season with 14.2 points per game.

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