|Monday, July 22
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.
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.
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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.
"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
Final team selections made for 2002 USA Men's Junior National Team (Story).
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.
Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.