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Huskies get pledge from talented WR

By Bill Hodge

Washington, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia Tech head the latest football commitments, while Iowa, DePaul and Boston College snared cage prospects.

Touted receiver Bobby Whithorne of Santa Margarita-Catholic, Calif., has committed to the Washington Huskies. He had 50 receptions for 848 yards as a junior.

South Carolina has commitments from linebacker/defensive back Tray Rogers of Irmo, S.C., son of former NFL star George Rogers; and defensive lineman Darrell Shropshire of Kershaw-Andrew Jackson, S.C./Coffeyville CC, Kan., over an offer from Florida. The Gamecocks recently gained a pledge from linebacker Marcus Lawrence of Aiken-Silver Bluff, S.C./Butler County CC, Kan.

The Texas Longhorns pledged tight end Steven Hogan of Houston-Strake Jesuit, Texas, over Stanford. Among others were Florida, Boston College and Northwestern.

Virginia Tech has a commitment from quarterback Courtney Denson of Miami-Central, Fla., over interest from Auburn, Florida State, North Carolina State, Central Florida, Northwestern, Boston College and Rutgers, among others.

Running back Derrick Brown of Spring-Klein Oak, Texas, has decommitted from Texas A&M and will now consider the Aggies, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Redshirt freshman receiver Michael Collins of Commerce, Ga., is transferring from Tennessee to Clemson.

Mississippi State has a soft commitment from linebacker/tight end Ken Griffith of Brandon, Miss., who will still look at Clemson and South Carolina, among others.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of over 2300 Prospects/Commitments/By Conference. Players will be added and updated daily.

"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
"Big Ten States": Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Pa, Ohio, Mich, Minn, Wis.
"Big 12 States": Okla, Missouri, Iowa, Neb, Kansas, Colo, Texas.
"SEC States": Florida, Tenn, SoCarol, Kty, Georgia, Ala, Ark, Miss, La.
"ACC States": Florida, NoCarol, SoCarol, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia.
"Pac-10 States": California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington.
"Big East States": Florida, Pa, New Jersey, New York, Mass, Va, WVa.

Class 2002 Commitments/Signings: School/Conference Lists.
Class 2002 Rankings: Top 25 Classes.
Class 2002 Top 150 Prospects: List.

Football Commitments/Signings
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003: Database/Commitments/Conference.
Class 2002: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2001: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2000: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1999: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1998: Database.
Class 1997: Database.


Top News:
Guard/forward Ben Rand of Rochelle-Rochelle Township, Ill., committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes over Marquette. Others showing interest included Michigan State, Notre Dame, Boston College, Illinois and North Carolina State. He averaged 24 points as a junior.

Sixteen of the top men's basketball players 18-years-old or younger have been named finalists for 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team (Story).

DePaul and new coach Dave Leitao signed forward Marlon Brumfield of Chicago-Collins, Ill., who averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds as a senior.

TCU has signed forward Chudi Chinweze of Missouri City-Hightower, Texas, over interest from Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma and Houston.

Forward Dan Coleman of Minneapolis-Minnetonka, Minn., has decided on Boston College over interest from Illinois, Marquette, Minnesota, Purdue, UNLV and Wisconsin.

Duquesne pledged forward Sean McKeon of Radnor-Archbishop Carroll, Pa., over LaSalle, William & Mary and Penn.

IUPUI has signed guard/forward Brandon Cole of Indianapolis-Ben Davis, Ind., and forward Fred Long of Indianapolis-Lawrence North, Ind./Parkland College, Ill.

Top Available Players:
Top 100 forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill., has decommitted from DePaul. Starting sophomore forward Shane Power of Crown Point, Ind., who is transferring from Iowa State, is considering Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, New Mexico, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Center Ryan Hollins of Pasadena-John Muir, Calif., has received his requested release from Saint Louis and is expected to sign with Washington or UCLA. Sophomore forward J.C. Mathis of Brooklyn-John F. Kennedy, N.Y., will transfer from Virginia. Sophomore guard Wesley Stokes of Long Beach-Poly, Calif., is transferring from Missouri. Starting sophomore forward Odartey Blankson of Country Club Hills-Hillcrest, Ill., is transferring from Marquette. Guard Antonio Lawrence of Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial, Calif.

Class 2003:
Search the early list of over 390 Prospects/Commitments. Players will be added and updated daily.

Class 2003 Top 100:
Forward/guard LeBron James and center Kendrick Perkins lead the early list of Top 100 Prospects.

Class 2002:
Duke-bound J.J. Redick led the East past West, 138-107, in the 2002 McDonald's All American Game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Stories/Rosters for 2002, 2001, 2000).

Class 2002 Top 25 Classes:
Duke led the Top 25 Classes.

Class 2002 Top 100:
Ninety-five prospects verballed or signed from the Class 2002 Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (5): Forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J. (NBA); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA), forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill. (decommitted from DePaul); and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College). Committed Top 100 prospects not signed (1): Forward Marquis Kately of San Francisco-Riordan, Calif. (California/not qualified/will attend prep school).

NBA 2002 Draft:
Five high school/prep school prospects have chosen to enter the draft: Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington; forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine, who signed with Missouri, but did not qualify.

Eight junior college players opted for the draft: Forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala., once signed with Alabama; guard Cordell Billups of Pierce CC, Wash.; forward/center Lee Benson of Brown Mackie CC, Kan.; center Rashid Hardwick of Eastern Oklahoma State CC, Okla.; Kei Madison of Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla., once linked to Indiana, Alabama and Mississippi State; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif., once signed with Missouri and later committed to Fresno State; and Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., once signed with Memphis.

Last season, six high school players declared for the draft, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. The 2002 draft will be held on June 26 and players without agents have until June 19 to withdraw. Stoudemire may be a late lottery pick, while Cooke and Collins are probable second-round choices. Roy and Rinkevicius are not expected to be drafted. Junior college prospects Woods and Benson may go in the first round.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/ Women: Database.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Class Rankings/Women: Database.

Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.

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