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Sutton to Texas; Goggans to FSU; Carter to LSU

By Bill Hodge

The Texas Longhorns have a pledge from Top 150 receiver/defensive back Jimmy Sutton of Boca Raton, Fla., over Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan and North Carolina State, among many others. The Longhorns recently gained 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.

Florida State committed touted kicker Chase Goggans of Douglas-Coffee County, Ga., over Georgia, Michigan, Texas and East Carolina.

The LSU Tigers have commitments from outstanding defensive lineman Jaarod Carter of River Ridge-John Curtis, La., over Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, USC, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Indiana, Baylor and Georgia Tech, among others; and running back Brandon Jacobs of Napoleonville-Assumption, La./Coffeyville CC, Kan., who originally signed with Auburn as a prep.

More Football News:

Big 12:
Baylor gained offensive lineman Kellen Taylor of Richmond-Foster, Texas.

Big East:
Receiver/running back Orlando Kane of Lawrence, N.J., is headed to Rutgers over UConn.

Running back Joey Razzano of Milford, Ohio, is expected to chose Virginia Tech over Boston College, Kansas, Michigan State, Indiana and Mississippi. The Hokies recently gained receiver Josh Hyman of Chesapeake-Deep Creek, Va./Fork Union MA, Va., over Syracuse.

Georgia Tech has commitments from defensive lineman Adamm Oliver of New Port Richey-Ridgewood, Fla.; offensive lineman Eddy Parker of Burnet, Texas, and quarterback Al Pena of Leander, Texas.

Defensive lineman Josh Thompson of Statesboro, Ga., chose Auburn over interest in Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina and Cincinnati.

Conference USA:
East Carolina has pledges from offensive lineman Virgil Black of Lexington, N.C; running back Robert Tillman of Rowland-South Robeson, N.C; and receiver Brian Howard of Clinton, N.C.

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:
The Florida Gators have commitments from Top 100 guard Ryan Appleby of Stanwood, Wash., over interest from Stanford, Missouri, North Carolina State, California, Gonzaga, New Mexico and Oregon, among others; and touted guard Lee Humphrey of Maryville, Tenn., over Marquette, NC-Wilimington, Richmond, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Stanford.

Top 100 forward/center Drew Naymick of North Muskegon, Mich., committed to Michigan State over Michigan, Ohio State and Stanford. Others were Marquette, Notre Dame, Purdue, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

Top 100 center/forward Jermareo Davidson of Stone Mountain, Ga., committed to Alabama over Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest.

Guard Mike Henderson of Waterloo-East, Iowa, decommitted from Iowa State.

Final team selections made for 2002 USA Men's Junior National Team (Story).

Promising guard Colin Falls of Wilamette-Loyola Academy, Ill., committed to Notre Dame over offers from DePaul and Saint Louis.

Top 100 guard Jeremy Ingram of Kinston, N.C., has committed to Wake Forest over interest from East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Maryland and North Carolina State.

Top 100 forward Justin Cage of Indianapolis-Pike, Ind., picked Xavier.

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).

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.

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