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Long to Michigan; Thomas to FSU

By Bill Hodge

Offensive lineman Jake Long of Lapeer-East, Mich., has chosen Michigan over Purdue, Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern and Notre Dame.

Florida State has a commitment from defensive lineman Marcus Thomas of Jacksonville-Mandarin, Fla., over Miami (Fla.), Florida, South Carolina and LSU.

More Football News:

Big Ten:
Quarterback Brad Bower of Hinsdale-Central, Ill., committed to Illinois over Purdue and Northwestern.

Minnesota gained quarterback Pete Martinsen of Palm Beach Gardens-Dwyer, Fla.

Big 12:
The Missouri Tigers have a pledge from offensive/defensive lineman Adam Spieker of Webb City, Mo.

Big East:
Virginia Tech gained receiver Josh Hyman of Chesapeake-Deep Creek, Va./Fork Union MA, Va., over Syracuse.

Rutgers pledged offensive lineman Pedro Sosa of Union City-Union Hill, NJ., over 18 offers, including Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee; and defensive back Joe Porter of Somerset-Franklin, N.J.

North Carolina has a commitment from quarterback Nick Cangelosi of Cherry Hilll-Camden Catholic, N.J., over Virginia Tech, Iowa, Minnesota, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Rutgers and Central Florida.

Defensive lineman Andreaus Grace of Fort Meade, Fla., has picked Alabama over LSU. The Tide recently added offensive lineman Travis West of Laurel-Northeast Jones, Miss., over Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, West Virginia and Marshall.

Conference USA:
Tulane gained offensive lineman Chris Bordelon of Alexandria-Bolton, La.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of Prospects/Commitments/By Conference.

Quarterbacks 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
OCSN: 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:
Guard Anthony Drejaj of West Orange-Seton Hall Prep, N.J., signed with Saint Louis and will be eligible this fall.

Outstanding forward Brian Randle of Peoria-Notre Dame, Ill., has become the third Top 100 commitment for Illinois. Randle picked the Illini over Notre Dame, Kansas, Michigan and Indiana. Illinois earlier gained guard Richard McBride of Springfield-Lanphier, Ill., and forward Warren Carter of Dallas-Lake Highlands, Texas.

Center Tyler Hughes of Olathe-North, Kan., has given a commitment to Kansas State over Creighton, Wichita State and Missouri-Kansas City.

Class 2003:
Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments.

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

Class 2002:
Duke led the Top 25 Classes.

Ninety-six prospects verballed or signed from the Class 2002 Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (4): 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) and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College).

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).

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. 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:
OCSN: 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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