The football superpowers are warming up, as Pittsburgh, Notre Dame,
State, Texas, UCLA and South Carolina have gained commitments. In
basketball, the Florida Gators, Wolverines and Iowa added prized verbals.
Outstanding quarterback Tyler Palko of Imperial-West
Allegheny, Pa., has chosen the Pittsburgh Panthers.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a commitment
from defensive lineman Dan Santucci of Chicago-St. Patrick,
Ill., over interest from Nebraska, among others. The Irish recently gained
touted offensive linemen James Bonelli of Ventura-St.
Bonaventure, Calif., over USC, Florida, Tennessee and Florida State, among
others; and Scott Raridon of Mason City, Iowa, over
Wisconsin. Others were Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Iowa.
The Michigan Wolverines have gained pledges
from Top 100 offensive lineman Ruben Riley of Grand Rapids-Creston,
Mich.; defensive back William Cooper of Flint-Northern,
Mich.; linebacker Dave Harris of Grand Rapids, Ottawa
Hills, Mich.; and tight end Kevin Murphy of Grand Rapids-Forest
Hills, Mich. The Wolverines recently gained a pledge from offensive lineman
Mark Bihl of Washington Court
House-Washington, Ohio. Bihl won the State Division II shot championship.
Texas pledged outstanding tight end David Thomas of Wolfforth-Frenship,
Texas, over Texas Tech and Oklahoma, among others. Thomas caught 57 passes
for 1,104 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have gained offensive
lineman T.J. Downing of Canton-GlenOak, Ohio,
over interest from Michigan, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Illinois. He is the son
of former Michigan and San Francisco 49ers lineman Walt Downing.
Linebacker Xavier Burgess of Sacramento-Grant,
Calif., verballed to the UCLA Bruins.
South Carolina has a commitment from
receiver Charles Ben of St. Matthews-Calhoun
County, S.C., over Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Clemson and
Michigan State. He caught 53 passes for 1,020 yards and 23 touchdowns as a
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Quarterback Chris Pazan of Chicago-Brother Rice,
Ill., verballed to Illinois over offers from Michigan and
Highly rated quarterback Brandon Kirsch of Lebanon-Cedar Crest,
Pa., who passed for 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, has verballed
to the Purdue Boilermakers. Other early offers
included Pittsburgh, Maryland, Rutgers, Temple and Buffalo.
Running back Greg Gold of Irving, Texas, has chosen
Redshirt freshman running back/linebacker Larry Pinson of Eagan, Minn./Jenks,
Okla., is transferring from Minnesota and considering both Oklahoma and
Nebraska. His brother Lawrence is a highly rated prep
Kicker Justin Musiek of Hanover, N.H.,
verballed to Rutgers.
Boston College pledged defensive lineman Jake Ottolini of New Hampton School,
Linebacker Kelvin Flood of Dallas-Kimball, Texas,
decommitted from West Virginia.
Punter Tom Hagan of Roanoke-Cave Spring, Va.,
verballed to Virginia over interest in Michigan, North
Carolina, Maryland and Ohio State.
Quarterback Dominique Richmond of Hagerstown-South
Hagerstown, Md., has verballed to Maryland.
Clemson has nine verbals, including
offensive lineman Josh Brock of Cartersville, Ga., over
offers from Maryland, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and East Carolina, plus
interest from Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee; and receiver Gerald McCloud of Jacksonville, Fla.
Arizona has a commitment from defensive
back Jason Martin of Pasadena-Muir, Ariz.
Washington has added offensive/defensive
lineman Vernont (Maurice) Murray of Long
Colorado State has commitments from
running back/linebacker Adam Hayward of Huntington
Beach-Marina, Calif., and offensive lineman Josh Day of Aurora-Overland, Colo.
Class 2002 Prospects:
Prospects are being identified for the upcoming season. Search over 1,870
players already listed: Prospects/Commitments.
Class 2001 Rankings:
Florida State Seminoles signed the top football class, followed by
Michigan, LSU, Texas, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington, UCLA
and Clemson (Class
Class 2002: Prospects/Commitments
Class 2001: Prospects/Commitments/Over 2,650 Signings
Top 150: Prospects/Commitments/Signings
Conference Commitments/Signings: Lists
Class 2000: Database.
The Florida Gators have a commitment from
outstanding guard Anthony Roberson of Saginaw, Mich., who was also being recruited
by Duke, Michigan State and Michigan. He averaged 24 points as a junior.
Forward Adrian Moss of Humble, Texas/Southwest Texas State/Fork Union MA,
Va., has committed to the Gators for this upcoming season. He must
receive a full release from Southwest Texas State or redshirt.
Guard Tyler Bluemling of Mt. Lebanon, Pa., signed with Duquesne after decommitting from Navy.
Forward Issa Konare of Senegal/Bridgton Academy, Maine, signed with South Carolina.
Forward Josh Rhodes of Santa Cruz, Calif., has committed to Iowa. Rhodes is the third verbal for
the Hawks, joining guard Jeff Horner of Mason City and forward Greg Brunner of Charles City.
Center Nina Smith of Santa Cruz, Calif., will transfer from Wisconsin to
Iowa State over Iowa and Northern
Iowa. Nationally rated and former Miss Iowa Basketball as a prep, she
averaged 11.9 points for the Badgers last season.
Guard Daniel Horton of Cedar Hills, Texas, who averaged 25 points as a
junior, committed to Michigan over Florida, Texas, Arizona
Over 1,000 players have signed basketball
scholarships. Ninety-four Top 100 Prospects made their college
choices, with six players choosing the NBA draft.
Early Period Rankings:
The ACC and Pac-10 dominated the recruiting battle with DePaul and
Florida leading the Class 2001
Class 2002 Men: Prospects/Commitments.
Class 2001 Men: Prospects/Commitments/Official Signings.
Men's Top 100: Prospects/Commitments/Official Signings. Six players
opted for NBA.
Class 2001 Women: Prospects/Commitments/Official Signings.
Class 2000 Men: Database.
Class 2000 Women: Database.
Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at
FANSonly.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus
databases, go to FANSonly.com's Recruiting