|Baylor || |
The Bears could be approaching yet another in-state commitment from another highly recruited prospect. Corsicana, Texas offensive guard Courtney Green has picked up offers from boat loads of schools including Kansas State, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, LSU, and several others. However, it appears that Baylor has landed in his top three along with OSU and LSU. Green is expected to announce in the next couple of weeks, despite talk that he may wait to take official visits. Last week, the Bears added another wide receiver in the athlete Stacy Williams. Williams, who plays quarterback for his high school team at Houston Yates, is a 5-foot-11, 169-pound speedster who has the "juice" to be a great Division I receiver. Though he didn't have a slew of offers, many point to Williams being a big steal for Baylor.
|Colorado || |
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins went back to Idaho to land one of his early commitments for the class of 2007. The former Boise State coach landed a pledge from quarterback Matt Ballenger, a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder from Nampa (Idaho) Skyview. Ballenger will become the second Gem State quarterback in as many years to sign a letter of intent with the Buffs. Cody Hawkins, who has been friends with Ballenger for two years, will be joining the quarterback mix at CU this August. "I played basketball against Cody and we have kept in touch," Ballenger said. "He is a real cool guy." Quarterback recently became a bigger recruiting need for Colorado when Mack Brown decided to transfer and Patrick Devenny was moved to tight end. Ballenger earned all-conference honors after throwing for 1,287 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He picked up another 112 yards and three scores on the ground.
|Iowa State || |
The Cyclones have done some serious damage in the state of Nebraska the past few seasons and the class of 2007 is no exception. The Clones landed an early commitment form quarterback Phillip Bates of Omaha North. The 6-foot-2, 189-pounder is considered one of the top overall players in the region and he selected Iowa State over an offer from in-state Nebraska. Todd Fitch and Barney Cotton were the assistants in charge of recruiting Bates, but he said the whole ISU program were the reasons he picked the Cyclones. "I really like the offensive style," Bates said. "I'm also very comfortable with the entire coaching staff, and I also like the city of Ames as a whole. I loved the whole program."
|Kansas || |
The Jayhawks have three commitments in the books, two of which are from right in their backyard. Lawrence (Kan.) Free State tight end and Rivals100 selection Christian Ballard was the first to pledge to Mark Mangino's squad. He continues to be heavily recruited and teams from all over the nation like Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Iowa and others are going to test his commitment to the KU program. One thing that might help KU in this race is that the Hawks also have a commitment from his teammate, defensive back Ryan Murphy. "Christian was really excited for me when I committed," Murphy, who is 5-10 and 170 pounds, said. "He told me he couldn't wait to see me with him at KU, so I think that's a good sign that he's going to end up there in the end." The Jayhawks also dipped into Texas for a pledge from playmaking receiver Chris Tuck. Tuck's 6-5, 197-pound frame could create match-up problems when he arrives.
|Kansas State || |
Ron Prince's K-State team has jumped out of the gates with 15 early oral commitments. While only St. Louis athlete Lamark Brown is ranked at this point as a four-star player, the Cats are excited about several players that were originally considered sleepers by many observers. One name that definitely has a shot to be highly ranked is Clyde Aufner of Peculiar (Mo.) Raymore-Peculiar. The Wildcats love his 6-7 and 260-pound frame. "Coach Prince says I'm the type of lineman they want to recruit now," Aufner said. "They like the taller and more athletic kids." Wildcat fans should also be excited about in-state linebacker Kevin Rohleder, who flashes all over the place on film, and A.J. Whitmore from Nashville, Ark. Whitmore is a do-it-all athlete that could project at a number of different spots on the next level.
|Missouri || |
Usually almost all of Missouri's early commitments are from local players, but at this point only one of the three Tiger pledges are from their own backyard. The Tigers jumped out early with a solid commitment from linebacker Luke Lambert from Brookfield, Mo. But recent commitments from Bryan Webb of Tecumseh, Okla., and linebacker Andrew Gachkar of Overland Park (Mo.) Blue Valley West show that the Tigers definitely have regional pull. Gachkar's commitment is an especially solid on. The 6-2, 205-pounder carries on a family tradition in selecting the Tigers. "I've loved them my whole life," he said. "My dad is an alum. I love the team and the campus, along with the stadium. I've always been interested in engineering, and I know that Mizzou has a very good program." Gachkar also was a big fan of one of Missouri's recent superstars. "I have always been a huge Brad Smith fan," Gachkar said. "I think he's a great athlete, and his versatility on the field reminds me of myself."
|Nebraska || |
The month of June has been a good one for Nebraska on the recruiting front. Since June 2, the Huskers have locked up three commitments including the most recent one from Brenham, Texas cornerback Shawn Sullivan. Sullivan was the third in the month along with heavily recruited Missouri defensive tackle Demetrious Davis and versatile in-state prospect Jared Crick. Sullivan told Rivals.com that he de-committed from TCU over three weeks ago and made another decision to commit to Nebraska on Saturday night. While the Huskers look to take three to four corners, it's obvious that Sullivan is a big step in the right direction. On the quarterback front, since missing out on top target Jarrett Lee, the Huskers are expected to have around 70 signal-callers show up for their quarterback camp. They also recently hosted junior college thrower Lyle Moevao. Though Moevao enjoyed his time to Lincoln, he wants to take a visit to Oregon State to see what they have to offer him before committing.
|Oklahoma || |
The story with the Oklahoma Sooners this recruiting season won't be the number of players they sign, but the number of players they won't be able to sign. Oklahoma has around 15 total scholarships to give out and with five pledges already in the bag and OU needing to sign both a kicker and a punter, there just aren't a lot of scholarships to go around. Nonetheless, Oklahoma has done a good job of early recruiting with two four-star prospects already on board. Rivals100 linebacker Austin Box might be under-ranked as the nation's No. 67 player overall. The 6-3, 215-pound outside linebacker should be next in line to carry on the Sooners' great run at the linebacker position. Recent pledge Desmond Jackson of Seguin, Texas, is a member of the Rivals250 team and linebacker Mike Reed of Yuba (Calif.) Community College is considered one of the nation's elite junior-college prospects.
|Oklahoma State || |
Early on the Cowboys have gone heavy on lineman. All three of the OSU commits are from offensive or defensive linemen. The two offensive linemen in the group are Jason Hannan of Waxahachie, Texas, and Jonathan Rush of Killeen, Texas. Hannan is a definitely an impressive early get as he would have been one of the more heavily recruited linemen in Texas if he hadn't of committed early. Still he turned down offers from Baylor and Houston before he pledged. Just like Hannon, Rush is an interior lineman and with his 6-4, 268-pound frame he has plenty of room to fill out. Schertz (Texas) Clemens defensive tackle Tyrell Higgins is the defensive lineman that's heading to OSU. His coach Greg Ferrara thinks he's got the talent to contribute at either tackle or end. "What makes him a great player is not just his ability to get to the quarterback, but his knock-down ability," his coach said.
|Texas || |
Texas now sits with an astounding 21 commitments. The story is not so much on who's committed so far, but who could be next. Tight end Blaine Irby will finally make his way to the Texas camp this weekend as slots are filling up. Irby along with Richetti Jones, Lennon Creer, Joseph Barksdale, Eric Berry, and James Scott are the only legitimate targets with offers left for the Longhorns. As for in-state prospects, the Horns still appear to be looking at camp standouts such as Brandon Herron, Brandon Joiner, and Troy Woolfolk. An offer to any three of those players could equal another quick commitment. Watch out, because the Horns may be all wrapped up with the 2007 by the beginning of fall.
|Texas A&M || |
The commitment list is growing fast for the Aggies who received two back-to-back pickups last week from Fort Bend Elkins offensive lineman Daniel Baker and Houston Cy Falls wide receiver Rogar Holland. Baker came in with an impressive offer list and should add another solid piece to the offensive line search along with previous commit Evan Eike. Holland, though not big in stature, has game-breaking speed. Location also looks to be a big factor in the Aggies landing one or both four-star in-state prospects Jarvis Jones and Von Miller. Both seem to be high on the Aggies and like the fact that A&M is close to home. Jones has yet to take any other visits and most likely won't until this fall when he take official visits. Miller, like Jones has several options, but has been to A&M more than once
and likes the program as well.
|Texas Tech || |
After missing on their first quarterback target, Jarrett Lee, Texas Tech has now made their second offer to another signal caller. Wylie, Texas quarterback Patrick Witt made a transfer from Atlanta Parkview to the Lone Star state just this spring and has been showing very well at the camps he's been to so far. Witt, who recently made stops at Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, apparently was thought of highly enough to garner an offer from the Red Raiders. Though Witt says he's wide open, his camp time spent in Lubbock and the fact that an offer has come from Tech, may have the Red Raiders with a small edge. Tech also received a commitment from sleeper wide receiver Rashad Hawk. Tech who has done great with wide receivers in the past, will look to maximize Hawk's upside and his great frame at 6-foot-3, 180