While the summertime heat is here, recruiting season is starting to heat up as well.

Texas Southern has begun to put out its targets for the classes of 2020 and 2021, including a handful of area players.

Travis senior defensive tackle J’Mani Gibson, junior offensive lineman Joe Cadette and senior running back/wide receiver K.J. Shankle each received scholarship offers from Texas Southern.

Cadette played on varsity last season, as well as on the basketball team.

Gibson played on the junior varsity team in 2018, but is expected to be a big contributor to varsity this upcoming season.

Shankle ran for 604 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns last season for the Tigers.

Offers flying in to Foster

Also receiving a TSU offer is Foster junior defensive end Tyler Onyedim, while two other teammates also got offers. Falcon senior offensive lineman Leke Asenuga got offers from Utah State, Hawaii and Memphis, while senior running back Issac Johnson got his first offer from SMU.

Meanwhile, Falcon senior quarterback Ryan Stubblefield narrowed his choices to nine schools, including Houston Baptist, Texas Southern, Grambling, Lamar, Abilene Christian, Alcorn State, Cornell, Dartmouth and Montana State.

Rodgers optioned back to Round Rock

Houston Astros pitcher Brady Rodgers was optioned back to the Round Rock Express on Friday, at the same time calling up left-hander Cionel Perez.

Rodgers returns to Round Rock after going 0-1 with a 15.53 ERA (23 ER/13.1 IP) in eight games, including one start, with Houston in his first big league action since the 2016 season. The righty opened the year with Round Rock healthy after missing parts of the last two seasons following right elbow surgery in 2017.

The former Lamar Consolidated star shined with the Express at the beginning of the season, going a perfect 4-0 with a 3.22 ERA after allowing 16 earned runs on 42 hits in 44.2 innings of work across eight games, including seven starts.

Fulshear’s Theut to play in THSBCA All-Star Game

Fulshear outfielder and pitcher Dylan Theut will play in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s 1A-4A All-Star Game at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

Theut, who graduated last week, was a first-team all-state selection, as well as academic all-state. He had an earned run average of 0.40 this past season.

Butters awarded MVC postgraduate scholarship

Missouri State volleyball player Emily Butters was awarded one of four postgraduate scholarships from the Missouri Valley Conference last week. The MVC Faculty Athletics Representatives Committee voted Butters and three other student-athletes to receive a $5,000 scholarship due to exemplary academic and athletic performances.

Butters, who played at Travis from 2012 to 2014, was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-American as a junior in 2017, and this past year became the fifth player in Missouri State history to earn multiple all-region honors, as she landed on the AVCA’s all-Midwest Region First Team for the second-straight year.

She graduated in May with a 3.93 cumulative grade point average while majoring in exercise and movement science, with an emphasis in pre-professional physical therapy. The three-time MVC first-team scholar-athlete selection plans to attend The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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