Before the recruiting trail hit the holiday dead period, Travis wide receiver Parker Washington made one last big move.

On Friday, Washington verbally committed to play at Penn State next season, while participating at The Opening in Frisco.

The Nittany Lions were high on Washington’s radar since he made an unofficial visit in April and then his official visit three weeks ago.

“I loved Penn State,” Washington said to 247Sports following his first visit in April. “One of the biggest things that caught my eye was their academics. That’s going to be important to me.”

Washington had offers from a lot of programs, including Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana, Duke, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Kansas and Kentucky.

Parker’s stock went up after his strong performance at The Opening, as his speed and catching abilities impressed a lot of scouts.

Three awarded HTA scholarships

Three area tennis players received scholarships from the Houston Tennis Association.

Caroline Glath from Travis, Adriana Rangel from Terry and Aidan Rangel from Needville each received a scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Glath will be attending the University of Texas at Austin, Adriana will be attending Baylor University, while Aidan will head to Wharton County Junior College.

Other Fort Bend County recipients include Ridge Point’s James Anderson and Austin’s Kamryn Brooks.

The HTA awarded 19 more Houston-area high school graduates scholarships totaling $23,500. The HTA has awarded more than $323,000 in scholarship funds to deserving high school seniors since 1992.

Morgan moves up to Modesto

Former South Carolina pitcher and Foster product Reid Morgan is on the move in the minors after being drafted in last month’s Major League Baseball draft.

Morgan was called up to the Modesto Bees, the advanced Class A level team in the Seattle Mariners organization.

In his debut for the team against Stockton, Morgan pitched two innings, giving up only one hit and getting a strikeout. On Sunday, he pitched only a third of an inning but gave up two hits and a run against San Jose.

Morgan was taken in the 13th round of the draft by the Mariners. This past season, Morgan led the Gamecocks with 14 starts on the mound, going 4-6 with a 3.80 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 87.2 innings pitched.

Other notes

Former George Ranch guard Noah Thomasson will wear No. 21 for Houston Baptist when the Huskies’ season starts Nov. 5 at Tulsa… George Ranch junior outside hitter Alexandra Tennon participated in the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in Indianapolis with the Houston Juniors 16 Elite South team… Foster juniors Karley Hardin and Kiley Smink are on the Katy United 16 Navy team at nationals as well… Foster graduated senior Reece Burke has announced he will attend and play baseball at Vernon College… George Ranch junior Gabriela Ayiteyfio won the girl’s 100-meter dash at the American Freedom Games on Sunday at Rice University.

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