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Thursday, July 18
Hardeman to Texas; Ndukwe to Notre Dame

By Bill Hodge

The Texas Longhorns have a pledge from one of the nation's top running backs in Erik Hardeman of Pflugerville, Texas. Among many other offers were Miami, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UCLA, Arkansas, LSU, Colorado, Nebraska and Michigan.

Notre Dame has its second commitment in outstanding receiver Chinedum Ndukwe of Dublin-Coffman, Ohio, over Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa and Maryland, among others. He had 59 receptions as a junior.

More Football News:
Offensive lineman Chad Atwell of Springfield-West Springfield, Mass., committed to UConn.

Big 12:
Offensive lineman Greg Austin of Cypress-Cy-Fair, Texas, pledged to Nebraska.

Big East:
Defensive lineman Mike Villagrana of Youngstown-Boardman, Ohio, pledged to West Virginia over interest from Cincinnati, Maryland, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Receiver Chris Narsesian of Winter Park-Lake Howell, Fla., decommitted from Pittsburgh and has chosen Central Florida.

Virginia has pledged offensive lineman Eddie Pinigis of Lynchburg-Jefferson Forest, Va., over Maryland and Wake Forest.

Georgia Tech has reported commitments from offensive lineman Eddy Parker of Burnet, Texas, and quarterback Al Pena of Leander, Texas.

Georgia signed senior receiver/running back Cedric Haywood of Macon-Central Fellowship Christian Academy, Ga.

Conference USA:
TCU has a commitment from running back Marcus Draper of Bangs, Texas.

Arizona State has signed linebacker Jordan Hill of Pocatello-Highland, Idaho, who originally chose BYU as a prep before going on mission.

Oregon State signed defensive back Sabatino Piscitelli of Boca Raton, Fla.

Mountain West:
Linebacker David Nixon of College Station-A&M Consolidated, Texas, chose BYU over Texas A&M and Arizona.

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
CollegeSports: 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:
Mike Jones, a Top 100 guard from Braintree-Thayer Academy, Mass., has committed to Maryland over Boston College, UConn, Florida, Charlotte, Virginia, Providence, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Ohio State.

Two Class 2002 Top 100 prospects, forward Alexander Johnson of Albany-Dougherty, Ga., and center Julius Lamptey of Oklahoma City-Northeast, Okla., failed to qualify for Georgia. Center/forward Larry Turner of Bridgton Academy, Maine, recently chose Oklahoma after not being admitted to Georgia.

Class 2002 Top 100 guard/forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington, recently qualified; however, the NCAA Clearinghouse is questioning his score.

Guard Chris Spears of Centerville, Ohio, committed to Dayton.

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

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:
CollegeSports: 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.