OU, CU in hunt for heralded ILB Thomas

Some people need their Starbucks fix early in the morning.

For me, I've got to have some recruiting news from Tom Luginbill.

Here are some Big 12-related nuggets that Luginbill, the national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc., has provided this morning.

Give me this stuff over a pumpkin spice latte any day of the week.

ILB Lawrence Thomas

Detroit, MI

Renaissance H.S.

Class of 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List linebacker Lawrence Thomas (Detroit/Renaissance) updated ESPN affiliate Web site SpartanTailgate.com with his new scholarship offers.

"Right now I don't know how many offers I have, but I can name at least 12 or 13," Thomas said. "Ohio State, Miami, Florida, Oklahoma, those are some of my more recent ones. Ohio State offered on Monday."

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Thomas also has offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Alabama, UCLA, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Colorado, among others.

His current teammate, three-star cornerback Mylan Hicks, is committed to the in-state Spartans. Two former teammates, Chris Norman and Dana Dixon, signed with Michigan State in 2009.

In seven games as a junior, Thomas registered 89 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 16 sacks and two interceptions. During his sophomore season, he posted 77 tackles and five sacks while playing both linebacker and tight end.

DT Richard Ash

Pahokee, FL

Pahokee H.S.

Scouts Grade: 77

Position Rank: 50

West Virginia has gained a Class of 2010 commitment from coveted three-star defensive tackle Richard Ash of Pahokee, Fla.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Ash has a trip to Rutgers planned this weekend. Among his other offers are LSU, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, Southern California, Michigan, Central Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Southern Mississippi and Florida International.

"I like being able to go with so many kids from Florida," Ash told the Palm Beach Post. "That helps with moving to a new area."

His high school teammate, wide receiver Fred Pickett, American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.) wide receiver, Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.) defensive back Travis Bell and Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) defensive back Robert Clark are other area prospects committed to the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers now have 20 pledges.

CB Louis Young

Olney, MD

Our Lady of Good Counsel H.S.

Scouts Grade: 78

Position Rank: 26

Three-star cornerback Louis Young (Olney, Md./Good Counsel), a Stanford commitment, will make an official visit to Boston College this weekend, ESPN affiliate Web site EerSports.com reports.

The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect is also still considering Virginia, Maryland, UConn and Virginia Tech.

Several other programs including Iowa, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Rutgers, Illinois, N.C. State, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Syracuse have also offered.

RB Darryl Fields

Madill, OK

Madill H.S.

Scouts Grade: 77

Position Rank: 45

Darryl Fields, who rushed for 1495 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior for Madill HS (Madill, Okla.), has committed to SMU.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Fields was also offered by Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Arkansas, Rice, Tulsa and North Texas.

Madill coach Kerry Roberts told the Oklahoman, "He wants to go to somewhere where they're building a program."

As a senior, Fields rushed for 1,495 yards and scored 25 touchdowns.

SMU has 20 pledges for the Class of 2010.

CB Saheed Imoru

Houston, TX

Navarro College (TX)

Pittsburgh adds JUCO defensive back Saheed Imoru

A 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback, Saheed Imoru of Alief Hastings (Houston, Texas)/Navarro CC, Texas, has committed to the Panthers.

Iowa State, New Mexico and North Texas have also made offers.

He is the 22nd pledge for Pittsburgh's Class of 2010.