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Sweed, Baker, Foster to Longhorns

By Bill Hodge

The Texas Longhorns have gained verbals from receiver Limas Sweed of Brenham, Texas, over LSU, Texas A&M, UCLA and Miami; linebacker Lewis Baker of Lewisville-Hebron, Texas, over Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and UCLA, among many others; and defensive back Brandon Foster of Arlington-Bowie, Texas.

More Football News:
Big Ten:
The Ohio State Buckeyes pledged defensive back/linebacker Curt Lukens of North Canton-Hoover, Ohio, over offers from Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Akron and Miami (Ohio), plus interest from Penn State.

Purdue pledged receiver/running back Jake Cunningham of Pontiac, Ill. The Boilermakers recently gained quarterback Scott Carroll of Liberty, Mo., over interest in Illinois and Missouri.

Minnesota pledged defensive lineman Tony Brinkhaus of Bloomington-Jefferson, Minn. The Gophers recently gained running back Maurice Alexander of Southfield, Mich.

Indiana gained tight end Nick Sexton of Bloomington-North, Ind., and linebacker/defensive lineman Tyler Altman of Latrobe-Greater Latrobe, Pa. Altman drew interest from Pittsburgh, Purdue, West Virginia, Boston College, Maryland, Kent State, Duke and Marshall.

Receiver/running back Steven Octavien of Naples-Lely, Fla., has committed to Illinois over Purdue, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. The Illini recently gained quarterback DaJuan Warren of Southfield, Mich., over Minnesota.

Big 12:
Missouri has added offensive lineman Rahman Lockhart of Oxford-Lafayette County, Miss./Northwest Mississippi CC, Miss., for this fall. The Tigers recently pledged offensive/defensive lineman M.J. Norman of Eureka, Mo., over an offer from Iowa. Among others showing interest were Kansas State, Kansas, Illinois and Nebraska.

Big East:
Offensive lineman Mike McGlynn of Austintown-Fitch, Pa., and defensive back Eric Thatcher of Cincinnati-Moeller, Ohio, chose Pittsburgh. Sophomore offensive lineman Rob Frederick of Scottsdale-Southmoreland, Pa., is transferring from Tulsa to Pittsburgh this fall.

Syracuse pledged quarterback Joe Dailey of Jersey City-St. Peter's Prep, N.J., over Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech; and defensive lineman Lee Williams of Webster, NY.

Virginia has a pledge from offensive lineman Marshall Ausberry of West Springfield, Va., over Virginia Tech and Marshall.

Quarterback Roger Heinz of Tallahassee-North Florida Christian, Fla., has committed to North Carolina over offers from Maryland, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and UAB, plus interest from Clemson, Duke, Tennessee, Alabama, Northwestern, Purdue and Georgia Tech.

South Carolina gained receiver David Smith of Union, S.C., over interest from Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia and Middle Tennessee State.

Florida has pledged defensive back/receiver Jermaine Moreira of Palm Beach-Dwyer, Fla.

The UCLA Bruins have a commitment from defensive back Dennis Keyes of Van Nuys-Birmingham, Calif., over interest in USC, Washington, Colorado and Arizona.

California pledged linebackers Garrett Tremblay of Palm Desert, Calif., and Chris Purtz of Fresno-Clovis West, Calif.

Mountain West:
UNLV has signed offensive lineman Joe Eddleman of Fullerton CC, Calif., over interest from Florida State and Oregon.

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

Class 2003 Top 150:
Quarterbacks and offensive linemen lead the early list of Top 150 Prospects/Commitments.

"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.

Football Commitments/Signings
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003: Database/Top Prospects/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:
Center Larry Turner of Milledgeville-Baldwin, Ga./Bridgton Academy, Maine, who signed with Georgia and was not admitted, has chosen the Oklahoma Sooners over UConn, Indiana and Mississippi State. Class 2003 guard Lawrence McKenzie of Minneapolis-Henry Senior, Minn., recently committed to the Sooners over Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and UNLV.

Starting sophomore forward Odartey Blankson of Country Club Hills-Hillcrest, Ill., who is transferring from Marquette, is headed to UNLV over Boston College.

Class 2003 forward Aaron Curtis of Lon Morris CC, Texas, committed to TCU.

Forward Frank Iguodala of Springfield-Lanphier, Ill./Lincoln Land CC, Ill., is headed to Dayton this fall.

Class 2003 guard Derek Raivio of Vancouver-Mountain View, Wash., picked Gonzaga.

Top Available Players:
Top 100 forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill., decommitted from DePaul. 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. Forward Yaniv Green of Bnei Herzeliya, Israel, is unsigned.

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

Class 2003 Top 100:
Forward/guard LeBron James leads the early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments.

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).

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).

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, not drafted); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA, taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA, not drafted), 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:
The NBA selected only one high school and a single junior college prospect during the 2002 draft: Center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla., was taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix, while Portland took forward Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., at No. 21 in the first round. Sending a message to inexperienced hopefuls, the NBA passed on three other high school/prep school prospects: forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine. Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington, earlier withdrew his name from the draft. He has not qualified for the Huskies. Seven junior college players who entered the draft were not chosen: forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala.; 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.; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; and forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif. Last season, five of the six high school players who declared for the draft were selected, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. None made an impact during their rookie season.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database.
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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