Andrew Vorhees, a four-star offensive tackle from Kingsburg, California, provided some great news for USC Friday night. Vorhees, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound player for the class of 2017, announced his commitment to the Trojans on Twitter. Vorhees chose USC over nearly every other Pac-12 school, including Oregon and UCLA.Vorhees is USC’s eighth commitment for the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports.I’m committed! #FightOn pic.twitter.com/LrbtMy7OFg— Andrew Vorhees (@AndrewVorhees55) June 10, 2016Vorhees is ranked as the 37th-best player in the state of California.
- India’s State Minister on outreach programme in Guyana
…to “deepen” relationsIn efforts to build stronger relationships with leaders and the Diaspora, India’s Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Dr Satya Pal Singh, is currently on a four-day special outreach to Guyana.India’s State Minister Satya Pal Singh addressing a diaspora gathering during a welcome reception at the Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday eveningThis is an initiative of the Indian Government, which aims to have a Government Minister visit all the countries that are covered by the more than 185 Indian Missions/Consulates around the world before the end of this year to discuss issues of interest regarding bilateral and multilateral development. The Minister is accompanied by his wife.During the visit, which spans May 8 to 11, Minister Singh will be meeting with key Government and Opposition officials as well as members of the Indian Diaspora here in Guyana. A welcome reception was held on Tuesday evening at the Pegasus Hotel, where a meet-and-greet platform was created for the Minister to interact with the Diaspora, including Indian expatriates.Addressing the gathering at the reception, Minister Singh said that India was impressed with the success of its Diaspora across the world.The Indian State Minister went on to reflect on the lives of the indentured labourers – most of whom he noted came from his home state of Uttar Pradesh – saying that despite the difficulties and hardships faced, they managed to work and make their adopted land a better place for future generations.“The Indian Diaspora in Guyana now is the third or fourth generation of Indians who should be certainly proud of the modern Guyana, which their fore-parents have created along with their African descendants and others. The Government of India is certainly proud of you for your achievements in all fields, including business, politics, art, culture, sport, etc,” he stated.According to Minister Singh, this year will be a special year in the history of diplomatic relations between India and Guyana, which already enjoy excellent relations in both the bilateral and multilateral arenas. He specifically mentioned President David Granger’s visit to India back in March and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impending visit to Guyana later this year.“I’m sure that this outreach visit, which is a ministerial visit from India to Guyana after 23 years will be significant as it will help in broadening and deepening the bilateral relations in various fields, as well as enhance cooperation between India and Guyana, particularly in Guyana’s pursuit to become a complete “Green Economy” by 2025,” the Indian Minister posited.Meanwhile, these sentiments were also expressed by Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam, who spoke of the enrichment of cooperation between the two countries in the bilateral and multilateral fields.Minister Singh kicked off his four-day visit on Tuesday with a cordial visit to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. On Wednesday, he also met President Granger as well as Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson.The Minister is also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo; Vice President and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, and Minister of State Joseph Harmon, before wrapping up his four-day visit on Friday.
- Not standing Pat: N.E. gets Thomas
In another major move , guard Kris Dielman re-signed with San Diego after making a trip to Seattle to test the market. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Jeff Garcia to compete with Chris Simms for the starting quarterback job and traded with Denver for the rights to Jake Plummer, who said on The Jake Plummer Foundation’s Web site that he is retiring. There have been reports that the 32-year-old Plummer wanted to be traded to Houston to reunite with Texans coach Gary Kubiak, his former offensive coordinator with the Broncos. Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen said only that he didn’t acquire Plummer to trade him. Dielman agreed to stay with the Chargers about the same time that another coveted guard, Eric Steinbach, signed a $49 million, seven-year deal to join Cleveland from Cincinnati. A person familiar with the terms said Dielman will get $39 million over six years. He requested anonymity because the contract had not yet been completed. Washington stayed busy, agreeing to a five-year deal with cornerback Fred Smoot. He’ll receive a signing bonus of at least $2 million, returning to the team he left two years ago before two tumultuous seasons with Minnesota. Other deals: Houston signed Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson to a multiyear contract extension. Johnson had two years remaining on his current contract. Terms of the deal were not released, but he was scheduled to make $5.25million next season and $7.75 million in 2008. … New England signed 35-year-old tight end Kyle Brady, who played for Jacksonville the past eight seasons, and veteran backup running back Sammy Morris. … Tennessee released running back Travis Henry, who led the team with 1,211yards rushing last season. He was flying to Denver to talk with the Broncos, but the Titans remained hopeful that they can lure him back after he checks out the market. … Denver obtained veteran defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson from Miami for a sixth-round draft pick. … St. Louis signed wide receiver Drew Bennett, who led Tennessee last season with 46 catches for 737 yards. … Kansas City signed offensive linemen Damien McIntosh, a former Dolphin. … New Orleans re-signed offensive right tackle Jon Stinchcomb. … Baltimore re-signed linebacker Jarret Johnson to a three-year, $13million deal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Adalius Thomas signed with New England on Saturday, giving the Patriots one of this season’s top free agents and a versatile pass-rushing outside linebacker. The signing took the two top free agents off the market in the first two days – former Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements signed Friday with San Francisco. Thomas led Baltimore with 11 sacks last year and played in the Pro Bowl, where the Patriots’ Bill Belichick was his coach for the AFC. He also can play defensive end. “I’m a football player. I don’t play a position. Whatever is needed for me to do here, I’m going to do,” Thomas said. “That’s why (the Patriots) have been so successful here because they don’t look at it as position. They look at it as football.”