Ayana Dunning chooses LSU

Her daughter just finished her sophomore year at Eastmoor High in Columbus, Ohio, when Charlotte Dunning was putting Ayana on a plane nearly 2,500 miles away to Portland, Ore. It was the younger Dunning's first long trip away from home, and Charlotte was teary and sad. Ayana Dunning -- "Ya-Ya," to most -- was en route to a big adventure at the Nike Skills Academy, yet was calm as a frequent flier.

"I think that's when my mom knew I didn't mind going far," Dunning said.