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Scout.com three-star defensive tackle and offensive lineman Ryan Wheat from Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint (Mich.) said he favors Michigan State slightly over Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan. The Spartans and Badgers have already offered. He also has offers from Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo and Cincinnati.
Despite not having an offer from the Wolverines, he attended the Vanderbilt game on September 2. "Wisconsin told me over the phone that they have an offer for me, but I haven't gotten it in writing," Wheat said. "They are recruiting me pretty hard and I'll be trying to visit them this season too.
"I plan to play it by ear," Wheat said. "I want to visit all my favorites and see how the season goes and who seems to want me the most at the end of the year. This should be a fun year to watch. There are a lot of teams that have a chance to do well. I really think that Michigan State has a lot of talent and should have a pretty good year."
Scout.com's No.3 wide receiver, Terrance Toliver, from Hempstead High School in Texas, has around 25 scholarship offers, but has narrowed his list to five schools: Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Miami and USC. His first official visit is to Oklahoma for the Washington game on September 9.
"I've been watching Oklahoma for the past few years, and I'm very impressed with their offense," said the lanky 6-5, 190 pounder with 4.5 forty yard dash speed. "They always have good players and are usually a top team."
He said that Florida is recruiting him the hardest. "They text me the most," Toliver said. "I hear from all of the coaches.
"I think Florida will surprise a few people this year. They've got good players coming back and should do well. Plus, they signed a great class, so they'll be even better next season. I can't wait to see how Tim Tebow does. Also, coach Urban Meyer is a winner. He wins wherever he goes," Toliver said.
"I like USC because I know they are going to win. They are always competing for a national championship, and I also like coach Pete Carroll. He's fun, and I love how he's always jumping around the sideline. He seems like a fun coach to play for."
Toliver denies a favorite, and says he will take his time before making a decision. "I need to meet all of the coaching staff and really try to get to know them," Toliver said. "How I work with the coaches will be the most important thing."
Four-star linebacker (ranked No. 25 by Scout.com) Von Miller from DeSoto, Texas, says it's 50/50 right now between Texas A&M and Florida.
"It's a real hard decision," Miller said. "I really like A&M and Florida and it's very hard to pick. I had a deadline to commit before the season began, but I won't be able to do it. I can't decide."
The Aggies and Gators have a solid lead over Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Baylor, and they've all offered except the Sooners. He has approximately 25 total scholarship offers.
"I love the whole atmosphere at A&M," Miller said. "The fans are amazing, and they have great tradition. I just love the whole feeling. You just drive up and feel good. I have a really good relationship with the coaches and several players there already.
"They are also a team on the rise. They told me that they worked harder than ever this off-season, and I think they can only improve. I really believe they'll contend for the Big 12 title.
"Florida is a lot like A&M," said the speedy, versatile 6-2, 211 pounder. "They have really good academics and like an 80% grad rate. The Swamp is like no place else and coach Urban Meyer seems like a guy I can be around and play for four to five years."
Miller attended the Oklahoma State/Montana State game this past weekend. His season begins on September 8 versus Garland High School.
Miller hasn't scheduled any official visits.
The East with Bob Lichtenfels
According to his father, Manheim Township quarterback Pat Bostick is planning on taking his official visit the weekend that Pitt hosts its biggest rival West Virginia.
"We can't wait for that game," Pat Bostick Sr. said. "Pat is planning on taking his official visit that weekend."
The Bosticks were at Heinz Field on Saturday to see their first game ever at the five-star quarterbacks future home.
"It was a great atmosphere; I know Pat had a great time talking to all the recruits and spending time with Matt Clements and the other guys."
Jarred Holley, a 6-1, 180 pound athlete from Easton, Pa., will be one of the nation's top prospects in the class of 2008, and he is getting the offers to prove it.
Last Friday after his team's season opening victory over Cardinal O' Hara Holley informed Scout.com that "I received my first scholarship offer today from Virginia," Holley said. "I've also been hearing from schools like Notre Dame, Michigan, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Penn State and Pittsburgh."
We also spoke to Holley on Tuesday night after practice where he learned he had picked up his second offer from in-state Pittsburgh. "My coach told me Pittsburgh offered today," Holley said. "I know Pittsburgh is a very good school, and I'll definitely be looking into them."
Churchville (N.Y.) Chili athlete Averin Collier showed that he was a player as Pittsburgh and Syracuse offered him as a sophomore. Collier could not wait for Sept. 1 to come as that was the first day that juniors could be offered written scholarships.
"Pittsburgh sent an offer, and I got them from Syracuse, Virginia and Buffalo," Collier said. "Coach (Paul) Dick told me I have a few more as well."
Clemons has scheduled two official visits to Michigan (10/7) and Colorado (10/14). He is unsure whether or not he will take an official visit to Pittsburgh.
"It's up in the air right now. I can go there anytime I want. If I want to stay on campus, I can stay with my sisters. I haven't really thought about it, but if I decide that is where I want to go I will probably take a visit."
Clemons will not name a top five just yet, but he is fairly certain that two schools have assured their spot on the final list.
"I haven't narrowed anything down. I am just trying to focus on my senior season. More and more teams keep getting involved as the season goes. Pitt and Michigan will be in my top five for sure. I am receiving a lot of contact from Ohio State, Tennessee and Purdue also, but Pitt and Michigan show the most interest."
The Southeast with Andrew Bone
The University of Arkansas received the first verbal commitment for the class of 2008. Offensive lineman Matt Hall, (6-10, 320 pounds) from Dardanelle, Ark. gave his pledge to the Razorbacks after the Hogs were defeated by USC. Hall is listed by Scout.com on the Top 100 Juniors Watch List.
"I have just always grew up wanting to be a Razorback and am sure what I want to do so there was really no reason to wait," Matt Hall told Dudley Dawson of Scout.com's Hawgs Illustrated.
Scout.com four-star tight end Aron White, from Columbia-Rock Bridge, Mo., became No. 18 on the Georgia Bulldogs verbal commitment list for the class of 2007. White becomes the second tight end commitment for Georgia and will join teammate Logan Gray in Athens. He chose the Dawgs over numerous scholarship offers including Missouri, Nebraska Iowa and Kansas State. White is projected as a tight end by Scout.com, but he will get his first shot at receiver by the Bulldogs.
LSU picked up verbal commitment No. 14 when Josh Jasper, from Memphis-Ridgeway, Tenn. announced his decision. The kicker prospect told Sonny Shipp, from Scout.com's Tiger Rag, "I am definitely happy with my decision, but I am also definitely going to look at other schools." He is receiving recruiting interest from Memphis, Mississippi State, Auburn and Colorado.
Mississippi State picked up verbal commitment No. 24 when Antwon Dixon, from Terry, Miss., announced his pledge. The wide receiver projects as a safety on the next level. "The atmosphere up there was great. All of the people were real friendly. The coaches were all very nice. Everyone really wants me to go there," Dixon told Steve Robertson of Scout.com.
Cornerback Jamie Graham, from Whites Creek, Tenn., became Vanderbilt's ninth verbal commitment for the class of 2007. "Jamie is one of those kids that comes along every once in a while," Whites Creek head coach Anthony Laws said. "He's a special kid for our program. He does everything for us. He plays quarterback, receiver, punter, defensive back, punt returner and kick returner. He's also our point guard on the basketball team."
The Midwest with Bob Lichtenfels
Vince Harris, a 6-2, 210-pound athlete from LaSalle High in Cincinnati, Ohio has been flying low on many radars, but five schools have already recognized his talents and have stepped up with official offers.
"Recruiting has been good," Harris said. "I am interested in the programs who are interested in me."
"Right now they are West Virginia (offer), Illinois (offer), Louisville, Ohio (offer), Akron (offer), Cincinnati (offer), Western Michigan and Maryland," Harris explained. "I know that I am going to be taking official visits to West Virginia and Illinois for sure. I will probably try to wait and take all five visits before I decide."
Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia cornerback/running back Jordan Mabin one of the top cornerbacks in the nation has set two of his official visits and possibly his only two according to his father.
"Jordan currently has two official visits set up with Northwestern (9/16) and Pittsburgh (9/23)," Howard Mabin informed Scout.com "After that I would say he'll commit to a school."
Raymond Hutson, a 6-2, 175-pound wide receiver from Detroit Urban Lutheran High in Detroit, Mich. has decided to accept his lone scholarship offer to Bowling Green according to his father Ray Hutson Sr.
"Ray gave a commitment to Bowling Green," Mr. Hutson reported. "Coach Brandon was real excited."
As a junior, Hutson had four interceptions, completed three touchdown passes, reeled in three touchdown receptions, and rushed for 12 touchdowns netting All-State honors for his efforts.
According to reports published in the Akron Beacon Journal, Kendall Washington, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Louisville, Ohio has given a commitment to play for Michigan State.
As a junior, Washington played quarterback, wide receiver and running back during junior season posting nice numbers at all three positions earning All-District honors. While some schools could have considered him for the offensive side of the football it is believed that Michigan State is bringing him in to play as an outside linebacker.
Year in and year out Purdue has continued success on the field, most especially on the offensive side of the ball. They always seem to consistently groom solid quarterbacks to operate their system, and the future of the program got even brighter when they secured a verbal from one of the top gunslingers in the Midwest last week.
Scout.com three-star prospect Justin Siller, a 6-4, 200-pound quarterback from St. Mary's High in Orchard Lake, Mich. gave an oral commitment to the Purdue Boilermakers prior to his team's first game last Friday.
"Yes, I did commit to Purdue," Siller reported. "I liked the coaches and I am excited to be able to play in the Big 10."
He considered offers from programs like Louisville, Northwestern, Illinois, Minnesota, and Indiana before reaching a decision.
The West with Chris Fetters and Brandon Huffman
The Prosser-Southridge game was billed as a titanic battle of two of the top quarterbacks in the state of Washington - Kellen Moore (Prosser) and Jason Munns (Southridge). The BYU-bound Munns was hurt very early in the game on a scramble when he took a shot on his hip. He said he tried to play through it, but the pain made it so he couldn't turn his hips or even run to escape pressure. It got worse and worse as the night went on and his coaches decided to take him out of the game to heal him up for their league games.
Even with Munns, Southridge was outclassed in this matchup. Prosser QB Kellen Moore threw an 84-yard TD pass on the first play of the game to junior WR Cody Bruns (5-11, 155). On the night, Moore completed 21 of 29 for 407 yards and 7 touchdowns. I have nothing against Moore or Prosser, but it was pretty pathetic what they did to Southridge. They were up 49 - 7 at halftime and were up 56 - 7 toward the end of the third quarter when Moore wound up and threw deep twice more for two more scores. By then, Southridge had pretty much subbed their whole team. Not sure what that was about.
Also, Moore showed some good instincts when he ran it in from about 25 yards out for another score. Boise State and Eastern Washington have offered Moore, and the Broncos look to be a good bet to land the prolific lefty.
Bruns, along with Kirby Moore, Kellen's younger brother who is a sophomore this year, were outstanding. Bruns caught 9 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns (84, 17, 61). He's pretty slight, but he looks like he could add about 25 or 30 pounds and grow an inch or two to play in college. He has great hands and very good speed.
Poway (Calif.) defensive tackle Nick Wood (6-2.5, 275) knows that the first few games of the season are important to him. With 16 offers under his belt, its the five schools that haven't offered that he's auditioning for. Colorado, NC State, Wake Forest and Boston College have been some of the more recent offers for Wood, but after he plays his first few games, he's planning to send film to the five schools, to see what they think.
"I think basically what I'm going to do is keep my options where they are at," said Wood. "The first couple of games, I'll have some people watching me. UCLA, Cal, Michigan, USC and Notre Dame, I plan to send those five my tape. If nothing happens, then I'll take my official visits (elsewhere)."
Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo receiver Russell Carr (6-3, 190) is in a similar boat. He had two offers when the spring started, from BYU and UTEP, but with a glut of commits coming to the Cougars, BYU pulled the scholarship. The Cougars, though, could offer Carr again if they like what they see.
UCLA, Oregon State, Utah and Fresno State all said that they are watching me," said Carr. "I want to try and be patient about it but I'm trying to go out there and play really well."
Idaho has been the only school to offer Lakeside (Calif.) El Capitan quarterback Ryan Lindley (6-4, 205). But if he continues to perform as he did in the season opener against Serra High of San Diego, more schools could throw their names into the hat. Lindley threw for five first-half touchdowns in a 42-14 victory. Boise State, Fresno State, Oregon State and San Diego State have all been keeping tabs on Lindley.
With eight offers in, Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive end/linebacker D.J. Holt is hoping that the in-state schools join that list. Holt maintains a top five of USC, Cal, UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon but only the Sun Devils and Ducks have offered him. A four-star prospect and the 14th ranked linebacker nationally, Holt can play a myriad of positions, including fullback or h-back in college. He will take the SAT for the first time this fall, which would allow the three in-state programs to have a better chance at offering him. On the field, Holt had a solid start to the 2006 season, recording two sacks, scoring a 60-yard touchdown and blocking a field goal.