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Hubert Anyiam, a three-star receiver from Garland, Texas, says he favors Nebraska slightly over Oklahoma State and Louisville. Anyiam says Nebraska has a 60 percent chance of signing him. Oklahoma State is No. 2, with late entrant Louisville suddenly in the picture.

"I visited Nebraska on Oct. 21," Anyiam said. "I talked with coaches (Bill) Callahan and (Jay) Norvell (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) about playing wide receiver. Coach Callahan said I might be playing my freshman year. He told me that I'm a good player and if I do everything right, he will play me. But¿he said I needed ¿more meat on my bones'. The speedy Anyiam lists at 6-1, 178 pounds and runs a 4.4 forty yard dash.

"But Coach Norvell said he likes my weight," he said. "He also wouldn't mind me gaining some weight. They have an explosive offense. I really like how the receivers play. I have the agility, speed and hands to be playing in Lincoln. I feel comfortable there. The people are cool and everyone is positive. . There is no racism there.

Oklahoma State also has offered a scholarship to Anyiam. "Coach (Todd) Bradford (linebackers) actually came out to Texas and met my mom and dad," Anyiam said. "It was really nice that he came to visit me. He was telling me that they added more features to the stadium and field. I really like how they run their offense. They throw the ball a lot which means more of a passing game than running game."

Anyiam was supposed to visit the Oklahoma State campus in Stillwater last weekend but poor weather prevented the trip. He has re-scheduled his visit to see the Cowboys for Jan. 19.

There was a time when the Oklahoma Sooners led for Anyiam, but they lost interest. "Three weeks ago, Oklahoma said they'd get in contact with me," he said. "I haven't talked with them since."

While the Sooners have lost interest, Louisville, under new head coach Steve Kragthorpe, is on the offensive. Kragthorpe, who was recruiting Anyiam when he was at Tulsa, has recently been in touch with Anyiam in hopes of arranging a late January official visit to the Cardinals campus. Anyiam says a visit to meet with Kragthorpe, who has yet to make an offer to the Texas wide-out, in a couple of weeks is a definite possibility. But Nebraska is still the team to beat.

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Kevin Bryant, Scout.com's four-star offensive tackle from Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., still favors Mississippi, but just slightly, over Oklahoma, Ohio State, USC and Georgia.

"I am visiting Ole Miss on Jan. 19, but I don't have any real frontrunner yet - but I like Ole Miss," Bryant said. "I talked with my recruiter there, offensive line coach (Art) Kehoe. He said that the team is losing some offensive linemen this year. He would like to see me there.

"I know Davin Joseph (Tampa Bay Buccaneer guard, Oklahoma alum) because he graduated from the high school I used to go to, Hallandale. He used to come by the school numerous times and we became friends, especially because he plays in the NFL. I've asked him things about Oklahoma and he seems to really like the school and the campus life but says I'll have to just see for myself.

"My parents are scheduling my visit with Ohio State," said the mammoth 6-6, 360 pounder. "I watched the bowl game between Ohio State and Florida. I witnessed how the game was coached. The team is like a close-knit family. The closeness of a team is important to such a winning program.

"I talk to my USC recruiter, 'T-Mac'," Bryant said. "I like their offensive team. I like how they run the ball. I think I'm going to visit them for sure, but that doesn't mean they have an advantage.

"My visit with Georgia is being taken care of by my parents," Bryant said. "I have friends and family in Georgia. It would be nice to play there."

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Sam Proctor from Pearland, Texas, favors Oklahoma State big over TCU. Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma apparently lost interest, according to Proctor.

"My visit with Oklahoma State will be Jan. 19," said Proctor, a Scout.com two-star running back who is being recruited as an athlete.

"Oklahoma State is my boyhood favorite," he said. "I've liked them since I was a little kid. They are recruiting me as an athlete. They want me to play safety, running back or wide receiver. I am not being recruited as a quarterback because they feel I don't have enough experience.

"I am also hoping to visit TCU," said the 6-2, 210 pounder with 4.5 forty yard dash speed. "I am trying to setup a trip with them.

"I am not visiting any other schools besides TCU and Oklahoma State. I don't even know if I still have offers from LSU, Texas A&M or Oklahoma. I will not visit them until I have an offer.

"I am wide open for offers," Proctor said. "I would also like to visit Florida and Alabama. But they have not offered me. I'm just a kid in Texas that wants to play football. I will play any position.

"I will have a press conference at my school on Signing Day (Feb. 6)," Proctor said. "I will not commit before then. I'm just playing it by ear. My heart is telling me not to jump to conclusions. I will not know what my choice is until Signing Day. "I have the ability to make big plays," Proctor said. "I handle pressure situations very well. I also inspire my teammates. I just need to work on my patience. I want to score quickly. I don't like waiting until the 3rd or 4th quarter. I don't have enough patience when the game is slow."

Around the Southeast with Andrew Bone

The University of Alabama and new Tide head coach Nick Saban hosted several headliners, including Scout.com five-star defensive end Allen Bailey, from Darien-McIntosh Academy, Ga.; four-star defensive tackle Kerry Murphy, from Hoover, Ala.; four-star quarterback Robert Marve, from Tampa-Plant, Fla., and four-star defensive end Kourtnei Brown, from Charlotte-Victory Christian, N.C. Murphy gave his commitment to the Crimson Tide during his weekend visit. Brown was was a soft verbal to Alabama, but re-affirmed his commitment. Marve is a soft verbal and still plans to visit Miami and Hawaii before making his final decision.

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Auburn University brought in several big time official visitors as well. One of its top targets was Scout.com four-star offensive lineman Lee Ziemba, from Rogers, Ark. Four-star receiver Brandon Gibson, from Mobile-UMS-Wright, Ala., and four-star safety Michael McNeil, from Mobile-Davidson, Ala., were in Auburn as well. Ziemba committed to the Tigers this week. Scout.com four-star cornerback Ryan Williams, from Mobile-B.C. Rain, Ala., re-affirmed his commitment to the Tigers during his official visit. He still plans to take visits to Clemson, West Virginia and possibly Alabama before signing day. Auburn landed one verbal commitment from the weekend in two-star offensive lineman Jared Cooper, from Brewton-W.S. Neal, Ala.

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Scout.com three-star running back Terrell Edwards, from Mobile-UMS-Wright, Ala., gave his commitment to Marshall during his official visit. ... Scout.com three-star receiver Brandon Clear and twin brother Byron, a three-star defensive end, took an official visit to UCLA. The two Hoover, Ala. Bucs have visits remaining with Illinois, Northwestern and Syracuse. ... Scout.com two-star defensive tackle Mark Fisher, from Madison-Goodpasture, Tenn., decided to stay in-state as he committed to Middle Tennessee. ... William Brimfield, from Neeses-Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, S.C., gave his commitment to the University of Tennessee. The Scout.com three-star defensive tackle chose the Volunteers over scholarship offers from North Carolina and South Carolina. ... Scout.com four-star receiver Rashad Mason, from Nashville-Pearl Cohn, Tenn., took an official visit to Michigan. His remaining visits include: UCLA, LSU and Ole Miss. He has already visited North Carolina. ... Scout.com four-star receiver Rodderick Davis, from Memphis-Woodale, Tenn., took an official visit to Ole Miss. Scout.com three-star strongside linebacker Marshall Williams, from Decatur-Southwest Dekalb, Ga., switched his commitment from Auburn to Ole Miss. ... Safety Jermaine Richardson, from Columbus-Kendrick, Ga. gave his commitment to Memphis. ... ... Weakside linebacker David Davis, from Decatur-Southwest Dekalb, Ga., committed to Miami of Ohio. ... Scout.com four-star defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, from Suwanee-Peachtree Ridge, Ga., officially visited LSU. His remaining visits include: Florida and Ohio State.

Chris Little, from Jeffersonville-Twiggs County, Ga., announced his commitment to Florida State during the U.S. Army All-American game. A week later, he switched his commitment to Notre Dame. ... Defensive end Brooks Cunningham, from Norcross, Ga., pledged his commitment to Tulane during his official visit. ... Wide receiver Dontavia Bogan, from Thomasville-Thomas County, Ga., committed to South Florida during his official visit with the Bulls. ... Scout.com four-star safety Morgan Burnett, from College Park-North Clayton, Ga., committed to Georgia Tech. Burnett chose the Yellow Jackets over Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson and Louisville. ... Cornerback Rashod Henry, from Lumberton, Miss., gave his commitment to Southern Miss. Henry chose the Golden Eagles over Mississippi State. ... Defensive tackle Lawon Scott, from St. Petersburg, Fla., committed to Ole Miss. Scott chose the Rebels over Wake Forest. ... Scout.com four-star running back Robert Elliott, from Okolona, Miss., took an official visit to Memphis. The Ole Miss verbal pledge plans to visit Florida State, Mississippi State and Alabama before signing day. ... Scout.com three-star middle linebacker Jonathan Frink, from Oxford, Miss., took an official visit to Stanford. Frink will visit Indiana for his last official. ... Scout.com three-star running back Lee Chambers, from Coffeyville, Miss., officially visited Alabama. The Mississippi State commitment will visit the Bulldogs before announcing his final decision. ... Another Mississippi State verbal who visited Alabama is Scout.com three-star receiver Marcus Green from DeKalb-Kemper County, Miss. Green will visit the Bulldogs before making his final decision as well.

The West with Chris Fetters and Brandon Huffman

The closer Signing Day gets, the more commitments are being made. Several of the top players in the West have been pulling the trigger on commitments and few have benefited more than Washington State.

The Cougars picked up three commitments over the weekend, all from Southern California natives, who braved the cold and snow of Pullman.

None was bigger than the commitment from the top junior-college defensive back in the nation, Terry Mixon, out of Grossmont College in San Diego, Calif. For Mixon, though, it is his fourth commitment in the past few months. He originally committed to Arizona State, but when Dirk Koetter was fired, switched his pledge to Tennessee. Mixon then committed to California,where his older brother Tim plays. But when he didn't get all of his classes in order for a transfer, Washington State became the eventual destination and he will be an immediate impact player for the Cougars.

Two prepsters from Southern California also gave their pledges: Deon Ford, a 6-1, 205-pound safety from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Jeshua Anderson, a 6-2, 200-pound receiver from Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Washington State also hosted Romeo Pellum, a three-star cornerback from Santa Fe Springs and the Cougars made a great impression on him. Pellum will visit Arizona State this weekend and will make his decision between the Sun Devils and the Cougars following his visit.

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Boise State's success in the recruiting circle has continued to stay strong. The Broncos picked up a verbal from the top defensive player in the state of Nevada, Billy Winn, a 6-4, 260-pound defensive end from Las Vegas, Nev. His commitment gives the Bronco their eight verbal from a 3-star prospect or better.

Meanwhile, their chief WAC rival, Fresno State, matched them with a three-star prospect, getting a pledge from Jermaine Thomas, a 5-11, 170-pound cornerback from Duarte, Calif. Thomas had been offered by Nebraska, Washington State and Kansas but chose the Bulldogs, largely in part to their longstanding recruitment of him.

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UCLA had a big recruiting weekend, bringing in Donovan Warren, a five-star cornerback from Poly High in Long Beach, Calif., and the top defensive back prospect in the West. It was the fifth trip for Warren and he will be announcing his decison on February 1st. USC is the leader for Warren, but Cal, Michigan and UCLA all remain on his short list.

The Bruins also welcomed twin brothers Brandon Clear and Byron Clear from Hoover, Ala. Brandon is a 6-5 receiver while Byron is a 6-5 defensive end and both are planning to take their final four visits to the same schools.

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USC will have another big recruiting weekend coming up, and they will host Joe McKnight, a five-star running back from John Curtis Christian in New Orleans. Also visiting will be Malcolm Smith, a four-star linebacker from Taft High in Woodland Hills, who is the younger brother of Trojan standout Steve Smith.

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Washington continues to do well in the state of California and three Southland prospects are holding the Huskies in their final two. Omar Bolden, a four-star cornerback from Colony High in Ontario, Larry Parker, a two-way threat at receiver and safety from St. Augustine High in San Diego and Chike Amajoyi, a powerback from Aquinas High in San Bernardino all have narrowed the list down and each includes the Huskies.

Amajoyi will choose between Washington and Stanford, and the Cardinal just sent word that he has been admitted. Parker has it down to Washington and Arizona while Bolden is down to the Huskies and Oregon State.

Bolden's teammate at Colony, Maurice Shaw, a 6-1 receiver, has given a soft verbal to UNLV but will visit Idaho this weekend. Will Chandler, a receiver/cornerback from Birmingham High in Van Nuys, Calif., is down to the Rebels and in-state rival Nevada. He visits Reno this weekend.

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Cal hosted Justin Edison, a 6-4, 215-pound defensive end from Verbum Dei in Los Angeles. Edison has been a commit to Oregon State since last fall, but the Bears are his dream school. He will have an in-home visit with the Cal coaching staff and he still awaits an offer.

The Huskies nabbed former UCLA cornerback Byron Davenport (Velega) after the 5-11, 190-pound Davenport officially visited Seattle this past weekend. "I've been to Pullman and those are some great guys there, like coach Skipper, coach Greene and coach Doba," he told Scout.com of his final decision. "But I had never been to Seattle before and that was a big deciding factor. Coming from LA, it's like another big city. Pullman is Pullman."

Around the Midwest with Andrew Bone

Wide receiver Chris Harris, from Bixby, Okla., gave his commitment to the University of Kansas. Harris committed to the Jayhawks over scholarship offers from Air Force, Colorado State, Iowa State and Wyoming. ... Scout.com three-star junior college defensive tackle Kevin Dixon, from Garden City, Kansas, committed to Nebraska. "The longer I sat there thinking about taking other visits and about recruiting I just thought I was wasting my time when I know where my heart is at. So, I just told him (coach Kevin Cosgrove) I wanted to commit," Dixon told Bryan Munson from Scout.com's BigRedReport.com. ... The Cornhuskers landed a commitment from Scout.com four-star defensive tackle Chris Perry, from Keller-Fossil Ridge, Texas, as well. Perry chose Nebraska over Arkansas and Oklahoma. ... Nebraska hosted Scout.com four-star defensive end Jason Peters, from Baton Rouge-Catholic, Louis. Peters has official visits remaining to Florida and LSU. ... Scout.com three-star receiver Lionel Breaux, from New Orleans-McDonogh 35, Louis., visited Nebraska. Breaux is a soft verbal to Ole Miss and has visits remaining to Arkansas and LSU.

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