Three-star athlete prospect Andre Crenshaw from Lancaster, Calif., chose the Oregon Ducks over Washington, Arizona State and Oregon State.
"Andre chose Oregon," Antelope Valley coach Jon Fleming said. "It was a tough decision and Andre went back and forth, but he went with his gut and it was Oregon." Click here for more on Oregon recruiting from DuckSportsAuthority.com.
Rivals100 LB Morgan picks USC
In one of the biggest shockers late this recruiting season, on a local television station in Dallas, Skyline four-star linebacker Michael Morgan spurned in-state Texas A&M and Florida State to take his game to USC.
"I had to follow my heart," Morgan said. "And the more I thought about things, the more that my heart and my head told me that USC would be the best opportunity for me." The victory is a major shocker to the Noles and Aggies, who both believed they were in the No. 1 spot after impressive late January official visits. But the addition is a welcome one for USC and could just push the Trojans to the No. 1 spot in the national team rankings. Click here for more on Morgan and USC recruiting from USCFootball.com.
Four-star OT torn between two
With less than 12 hours to go until he is scheduled to sign his Letter of Intent, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic offensive lineman Orlando Franklin is still torn between the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes.
"It's really a toss up right now," said Franklin. "One minute I feel good about one of them and then I turn around and feel the same way about the other the next minute." Click here for more on Franklin and Florida recruiting from GatorBait.net.
Four-star RB switches to Rutgers
Four-star running back Kordell Young out of West Deptford, N.J. committed to Virginia back in July, but began to reconsider things after an official visit recently. Today, the 5-foot-8, 177-pounder with 4.4-second speed switched his decision and decided to stay in-state with Rutgers.
"He took his official a couple weeks back and I know he just didn't feel like UVA was a fit for him," said West Deptford head coach Clyde Folsom. "Mike Groh was the coach from Virginia recruiting him and I know Kordell liked him a whole lot, but I think he really liked him more than the school itself. The school just wasn't what he was looking for, it wasn't a place he could live the next four or five years."
What's up with Recardo Wright?
Linebacker Recardo Wright was a firm Alabama commitment until visiting Florida State two weeks ago. Ever since, rumors had been flying that he might be a Seminole, and his personal webpage said his commitment to Alabama was 50-50. This afternoon, reports surfaced that four-star prospect made a commitment to the Seminoles. So where is he headed?
"I haven't made a decision," Wright told Warchant.com. "It's still 50-50. I'll make my mind up tonight."
Dr. Phillips High School players with scholarship offers will sign letters of intent at tomorrow starting at 2:30 p.m. ET. By then, Wright hopes to have his mind made up. Click here for more on Wright and Florida State recruiting on Warchant.com.
Three-star lineman picks Auburn
Lovejoy, Ga., three-star lineman Byron Isom committed to Auburn Tuesday evening at a season-ending banquet. The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder chose the Tigers after narrowing it down to Auburn and South Carolina.
Isom is the second Lovejoy High star to commit to Auburn. Four-star athlete Mario Fannin pledged to the Tigers back in July. The two took their official visits to the Plains for the 28-18 win over Alabama in November.
Click here for more on Isom's commitment and Auburn recruiting from AuburnSports.com.
Mustain happy with new targets
When Arkansas lured Springdale (Ark.) wide receiver Damian Williams away from his commitment to Florida and Mobile (Ala.) Davidson wide receiver London Crawford away from LSU on Monday, there was one person who was perhaps happier than any other in the Arkansas camp: Five-star quarterback commitment Mitch Mustain.
"It's impressive. It happened really fast," said Mustain, the No. 10 player in the nation. "We just started talking to them and really getting them in here, meeting the new staff and everybody. They really want to play, and they're excited about coming in with the new offense that we're going to put in." Arkansas currently ranks 26th in the Rivals.com team rankings.
Four-star WR reconsiders commitment
Bayonne, N.J., wide receiver Kenny Britt recently committed to Illinois, but the 6-foot-4, 191-pounder may not be quite done with his recruitment as it appears Rutgers has snuck back into the picture.
"It appears that Rutgers now is the team to beat," said former Bayonne head coach Rick Rodriguez. "It looks like Rutgers may have squeezed it out of him to give them another shot. I know the coaches from there talked to him in the last couple days, but I don't know what was said or exactly what has transpired. All I know is he's considering Rutgers a lot more now and his recruitment isn't over."
No surprise: Ball to FSU
Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson four-star linebacker Marcus Ball tried to keep people in suspense right up until the final minutes, saying all long that Miami and Virginia tech still had a chance and that Florida State was no sure thing to get his signature tomorrow. But in the end, everyone was right all along. Ball is going to be a Seminole.
"It's where I felt comfortable," said Ball, the No. 3 linebacker in the nation. "To break it all down and make it easy, I just wanted to win a national championship. To go to Florida State, it's always been a dream, really ... I'm just happy to be part of the Florida State family."
Secret out: Patterson to Michigan
Columbia (S.C.) defensive lineman Adam Patterson had it all planned out. Even though he had already told coaches where he was headed, he wanted to hold a press conference, telling everyone else on Signing Day at 12:30 p.m. ET. But word began to leak today that he was going to sign with Michigan, and now Patterson has confirmed it.
"The crazy thing is, I didn't say one word to anybody," Patterson said. "I wanted to wait, but some paper down here published a story I was going to Michigan, and then someone else called and someone else. For the record, yes, I'm signing with Michigan tomorrow." Click here for more on Michigan recruiting from TheWolverine.com.
Five-star Andre Smith still undecided
With one day before his announcement, Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman offensive tackle Andre Smith has set the time and place to make his choice public. Smith, the No. 2 player in the nation, is still in the process of sorting through his four finalists: Alabama, Florida, LSU and Southern Cal. He will hold a press conference at noon tomorrow at his school.
"He goes back and forth each day with a decision, and it's been hard for him," Andre Smith Sr. said. "He really likes all four schools equally, and we know he can't go wrong. All of them are great schools and programs. Our plan for tonight is to sit down as a family and come up with a decision we all agree on. We are going to compare all the schools together and make a decision."
Who will be Recruiter of the Year?
The debate on who should be the Rivals.com Recruiter of the Year is always a heated one. This year, it looks like there isn't a slam dunk pick for the top spot, even though a few names do separate themselves from the pack.
It's going to be hard to argue against Penn State assistant Larry Johnson. Not only did he raid the state of Maryland, he owned it, landing seven of the top 10 players in the state. Oh yeah, he also pulled in four-star, in-state stud defensive tackle Jared Odrick.
Rob Ianello at Notre Dame has to be in this conversation, too. Responsible for eight commitments on his own, Ianello also coordinated the Irish's return to the national recruiting spotlight. Without his experience and guidance this Notre Dame class would be nowhere near where it is now. Other names that might be considered before Rivals.com announces its choice next Monday are guys like Todd McNair at USC, Bobby Kennedy at Texas, Tony Hughes at Ole Miss, among others.
Is Verner sticking with UCLA?
Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair three-star prospect Alterraun Verner had been committed to UCLA since October, but he had second thoughts and decided to take a visit to Oregon over the weekend. Did the 5-foot-10, 161-pound cornerback see enough at Oregon for him to switch commitments?
"As of right now, I'm still sticking with UCLA," Verner said. "I talked with my parents and I just got off the phone with (UCLA). I chose UCLA because, well, first the location being close to home. I'm used to the conditions and I like the environment. I've been a big fan of them for a while. And academically, a degree from there weighs a lot."
Cook struggling to make final choice
Emanuel Cook, a three-star prospect from Palm Beach, Fla., and one of the players noted as a Super Sleeper for 2006 today by Rivals.com, will announce his decision tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Cook will announce for either N.C. State or South Carolina, but it has not been an easy choice.
"It's really been tough for him," Cook's mother said. "He has been going back and forth on both N.C. State and South Carolina, but he knows that his decision will be made on Wednesday. But the same time he is excited as well." Cook rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 29 touchdowns this past season but is being recruited as a safety/linebacker.
Davis to pick: WVU or Tennessee?
Three-star defensive back Greg Davis from Blue Ridge, Va., has narrowed his list to two schools, but now comes the hard part: Choosing between West Virginia and Tennessee. According to Blue Ridge coach Mike Alley, it has not been an easy process for Davis.
"I really don't know what he is thinking at this point," Alley said. "I ran into Greg this morning. He had a four-day weekend to think about things, and he still has not come to a final decision yet." The 6-foot-2, 198 pound defensive back is ranked as the 20th best safety in America by Rivals.com and has been named all-state each of the last two seasons.
West Coast stars set announcement times
Several of the top uncommitted players out West have set their announcement times. The two biggies are Venice, Calif., four-star safety Jonas Mouton and Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft four-star safety Jamere Holland. Mouton and Holland are expected to announce around 9:30 p.m. during a signing day show on Fox Sports Net. The hour-long show will also feature the commitment of Encino (Calif.) Crespi three-star defensive back Sione Fua.
Mouton is down to Michigan, USC and Texas. Holland lists USC, Arizona and Oregon as his finalists. Fua is expected to commit to BYU. Mouton and Holland could have a monster affect on the national team rankings – especially if Mouton and Holland pick Southern Cal. Earlier on Wednesday, Brea (Calif.) Olinda three-star tight end Tommy Gallarda will announce his choice at 6 p.m. It's down to Colorado and Boise State for him.
Michigan poised for late run?
After finishing sixth last year and fifth the year before, Michigan is sitting an uncharacteristic 14th in the latest Rivals.com team recruiting rankings. But with just 17 commits to this point, the Wolverines still have a shot at making a big late run, because there are four big targets left on the Michigan board.
Defensive tackles Adam Patterson, Jason Kates and Corey Peters and safety Jonas Mouton, all four-star prospects, still have Michigan high on their lists and all will announce their decisions tomorrow. Word is that the Wolverines have a good chance at landing at least three of the four, with Mouton the least likely to head to Ann Arbor. Click here for more on Michigan recruiting from TheWolverine.com.
Rivals100 defensive tackle Charles Deas of Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale is set to make his announcement tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., and according to his high school coach, Deas is planning to surprise some people. Deas took his final official visit to LSU over the weekend and also has Auburn, Florida State and Nebraska in the mix. Dillard coach Mark James doesn't know what Deas has in store.
"I have no idea, everyone in the country is calling me," James said. "He told me he was going to shock the nation, so, whatever that means." The 6-foot-4, 315-pound prospect is the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 9 player overall in Florida.
Peanut pulls a stunner
Four-star linebacker Deantwan Whitehead, also known as "Peanut," described himself as being "between a rock and a hard place" as he tried to make his college decision last night. When he made that decision public moments ago, he left fans all over his home state of Alabama stunned.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder from Birmingham was expected to choose either Alabama or Auburn, but he went the other way and chose Louisville over the Tide, Tigers and also Tennessee, effectively also choosing to play in the Big East over the SEC. It's a big pickup for the Cardinals, who had been ranked 44th in the Rivals.com team recruiting rankings before landing Whitehead.
Louisville flips Florida lineman
Like many others, Louisville is waiting on today's Deantwan Whitehead announcement. But whatever his decision, the Cards can be happy with another turn of events from earlier in the day as offensive lineman Hector Hernandez, who had been a South Florida pledge, changed course and is headed to Louisville.
"He was so much happier there,"Naples High coach Bill Kramer told the Naples News. ""He really felt like he connected with the players there, and that didn't happen on other visits. The offense is prolific and the schedule's tough." Hernandez, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 255 pounds is a two-star prospect and was the seventh-fastest lineman in the 40-yard dash at the Miami NIKE Training Camp.
Updated Announcement Schedule
A partial list of big announcement press conferences over the next two days ... we will continue to update this list ... (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
*** The entire Rivals.com AMP team is hitting the road on National Signing Day and will be on hand for at least a trio of five-star announcements: C.J.
Spiller, Andre Smith and Reshad Jones. Get updates on Rivals Radio and our message boards as the AMP team counts down to the biggest final-day commitments in the country.
Henley switches to Texas Tech
Days before Signing Day, a couple of friends decided that they didn't want their friendship on and off the field to stop. That caused a major shakeup for the recruiting process of Rajon Henley and the final outcome was a switch in his commitment early Tuesday morning. The three-star defensive tackle had spoken with his friend, Texas Tech commit Dewayne Baziel, about his plans and let his coach know that he wanted to check with another coaching staff to see if there was a spot available.
"Rajon always liked Texas Tech," Galveston Ball High School coach Ron Holmes said. "He asked me to call to see if they had a scholarship for him, they did, and he committed to them. Those two have played football together since they were kids. They didn't want that to end."
Florida hanging on to slim lead
The Rivals.com Team Rankings continue to show Florida the national leader. The Gators are followed by Southern Cal, Texas, Penn State and Notre Dame. However, the Gators have lost two four-star commitments, receivers Damon McDaniel and Damian Williams, in the last couple of days. Southern Cal could possibly pass Florida, but it would likely take the Trojans landing both Jamere Holland and LeSean McCoy and Florida not landing talented running back C.J. Spiller, the nation's No. 8-ranked recruit.
LSU and Florida State, who currently rank in the No. 6 and 7 spots, respectively, have been all over the map in the last couple of days, primarily because of many new commitments and a couple of recruits "de-committing" and going elsewhere. The rest of the top 10, in order, includes Georgia, Ohio State and Auburn. The Buckeyes and Tigers are both making strong late runs into the nation's top 10. Check back often as the Team Rankings are updated every hour.
Has top TE Gresham made his choice?
Jermaine Gresham, the No. 1 tight end in the nation, has been very quiet about his recruitment, leaving just about everyone in suspense leading up to his announcement, which is set for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. After heading to Miami for his final official visit over the weekend, Gresham has narrowed his list to the Hurricanes and the Oklahoma Sooners, but he says he will keep even the coaches at Oklahoma and Miami on the edges of their seats until the announcement is made.
But that doesn't mean he has yet to make up his mind. "Coach (Mike) Loyd, Jermaine and myself sat down and talked about his decision," said Ardmore High assistant coach Creede Tibbs. "We came up with a final choice. I would tell you, but I'm sworn to secrecy." Click here for more on Gresham and Okalhoma recruiting from SoonerScoop.com.
Time running out for Whitehead
Birmingham (Ala.) West End four-star prospect Deantwan Whitehead went to bed Monday night with a headache and apparently still no decision. The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder will anounce his decision from among Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisville at 1 p.m. today at a press conference at his school.
"I'm excited about it, but I'm still stuck between a rock and a hard place," he said last night. "My head is pounding and it's not from me just getting my braids done either. I honestly don't know right now. I'm pretty sure it will come down to that last moment when I'm sitting at the table in front of all of those cameras." Click here for more on Whitehead and Auburn recruiting from AuburnSports.com.
Four-star Morgan still undecided
It was supposed to be a quick decision for Rivals100 linebacker Michael Morgan. However, coming off his final official visit on Sunday night, it was a little too quick to make that pick on a local television station in the Dallas area, so the four-star prospect just cut his list to three schools.
Now, the No. 10 rated player in the Lone Star state has a decision to make. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Morgan will choose from among Florida State, Southern Cal and Texas A&M ... the question is when. "I think he's pretty even about it all," Skyline assistant coach Derick Roberson said. "A&M is the closest, and the other two have great tradition as winning programs. I think he's kind of torn to be honest. Michael just needed more time." Morgan's announcement timeframe is unknown at this time.
Buckeyes land 4-star LB Grant
Oregon had the last shot at four-star junior college linebacker Larry Grant, but in the end the Ducks could not do quite enough. Grant announced Tuesday morning on Rivals Radio that he will be signing with Ohio State tomorrow. In the end, Grant felt the Midwest is the place to be if you are a linebacker.
"When I think about Oregon, I see running backs and defensive backs and receivers," Grant said. "In the Pac-10, the linebackers are underrated. In the Big Ten, I think I will be able to stand out more. It's going to be about who is going to replace A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter. I wanted to be part of that."
Sims wants shot at playing RB
Marcus Sims, a four-star LB/RB from Tallahassee, Fla., will announce his college choice at a 2:30 p.m. Wednesday press conference, and the hometown Seminoles are still in the running. Sims also has Clemson and Southern Cal in the mix along with Florida State.
Sims took his final official visit to Florida State over the weekend and gave it high marks. While he is rated as the No. 4 inside linebacker in the nation, he is looking for the opportunity to play some running back in college and that could influence his decision. Click here for more on Sims and Florida State recruiting from Warchant.com.
Four-star Kates nears decision
Four-star defensive tackle Jason Kates has a little more than 24 hours until he announces his decision at his high school at 2 p.m. on Signing Day, but he still has quite a few schools on his list. The 6-foot-2, 324-pounder out of Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt will choose from among Michigan, Syracuse, Minnesota and North Carolina State.
"I like Michigan because of their program," the 15th-ranked player in Pennsylvania said. "Syracuse interests me because they've got a good team and staff that is rebuilding and should be a winner in a couple years. Meanwhile, Minnesota and North Carolina State have great coaching staffs."
Williams down to two
Two teams remain for three-star defensive end Robert Williams. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound defender, being recruited as a linebacker, will now decide from his shorter list on Signing Day. "It's all down to two teams now for me – Washington State and UTEP," Williams said. "It will be Wednesday for me, I know that. That's when I'll let everyone know. I may decide (Tuesday), but announce on Signing Day."
Though rumors had spread like wildfire this past week that Washington State was the leader, Williams says that is untrue. In fact, his parents may have a favorite in UTEP because of they feel comfortable with the academic situation there.
Change of heart for Carter?
There is plenty of speculation swirling around Brent Carter, a four-star running back from Pottstown, Pa., who committed to Virginia last week. Now it appears he may be staying closer to home and playing for Penn State. He was supposed to announce his final decision yesterday, but that was delayed and it was thought he would not make an announcement until Wednesday afternoon.
But this morning the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Carter has indeed swicthed his commitment to Penn State. "He visited Virginia and it was kind of like, 'Bang, bang, bang, I'm going to Virginia,' " Pottsgrove coach Rick Pennypacker told the Post-Gazette. "But Penn State was really No. 1 with him all along."
Monday, January 30, 2006
LSU loses four-star DE to Ole Miss
Ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron won another recruiting battle Monday when four-star defensive end Marcus Tillman changed his commitment from LSU in favor of his home state Rebels.
"I just thought it was a better fit," Tillman said. "There are opportunities to play faster and I really like the coaches, they are energetic." Click here for more on Tillman's switch and Ole Miss recruiting from RebelGrove.com.
Warren sticks with FSU commitment
Brandon Warren, a five-star defensive end/tight end from Alcoa, Tenn., has been a Seminole commitment since last summer but the hometown Volunteers made a late push and he tripped to Knoxville this past weekend for an official visit.
"I knew it was going to be a tough decision for me, but my guidance counselor pointed out to me that I always put other people before myself," Warren said. "This is one situation where I needed to make myself happy, and I think that in the end I'll be the most happy at Florida State." Click here for more on the commitment and Florida State recruiting from Warchant.com.
Rivals100 DE struggling with decision
Deantwan Whitehead, a four-star defensive end from Birmingham, Al., has set a press conference for Tuesday at noon at his high school to announce his college choice between Alabama, Auburn, Louisville and Tennessee. The only problem is he has yet to make a decision.
"I thought I had everything figured out but now I'm beginning to wonder," Whitehead said. "This is going to be a much tougher decision than I thought." Click here for the latest on Whitehead and Alabama recruiting from BamaOnLine.com.
Breaking news on LeSean McCoy
Originally scheduled to announce his decision next year, Rivals100 running back LeSean McCoy out of New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy has changed his plans and intends to announce his decision on Signing Day, Wednesday. Who is the 5-foot-11, 204-pounder deciding between?
"LeSean will be committing to someone and signing on Wednesday," said Milford head coach Bill Chaplick. "I know his final four schools are Penn State, Virginia Tech, Southern Cal and Miami. He's been in contact with all four of his finalists recently and decided to make a commitment."
Five-star comes down in two hours
In about two hours the world will learn the fate of five-star defensive end Brandon Warren, and the news will be huge to how both Tennessee and Florida State finish out their recruiting classes. Warren of Alcoa, Tenn., will announce his decision tonight on local television in Knoxville. The show starts at 10 ET and will continue to 11.
Word from both Warchant.com and VolQuest.com is that Warren is expected to re-affirm his pledge to the Seminoles, however, nothing is set in stone until he announces his decision. Rivals.com will have full coverage of the pick when it happens.
Four-star Eugene makes big switch
Four-star prospect Jai Eugene of Destrehan, La., stunned folks in the state when he announced earlier this month that he was going to sign with the University of Michigan. But as signing day approached, Eugene wavered.
"I started having second thoughts that I didn't tell anyone about and yesterday I just made up my mind and called Coach (Les) Miles," Eugene said. "I called him out of the blue and he was surprised." Click
here for more on Eugene and the new LSU commitment from TigerBait.com.
Florida commit switches to Arkansas
Damian Williams, a four-star wide receiver from Springdale, Ark., has been committed to Florida since August, but changed gears today. Williams switched his commitment to Arkansas today at a news conference at his high school covered live by Rivals.com.
Coach Houston Nutt was able to turn Williams less than 48 hours before signing day. "I'll be playing football for Coach Nutt and the University of Arkansas Razorbacks," Williams said. "I was most comfortable with the relationships I had with the Arkansas staff." Click here for more on Williams and Arkansas recruiting from HawgSports.com.
More good news for the Tigers
Alex Rose, a three-star wide receiver from Jacksonville, had been committed to Auburn since September before visiting Florida State over the weekend. He then de-committed from the Tigers on Sunday and was heavily leaning to the Seminoles.
But a phone call from Auburn assistants Al Borges and Greg Knox along with Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville on Monday brought Rose back into the fold. "I'm back committed to Auburn now," Rose said. "I just felt more comfortable at Auburn." Click here for more on Rose and Auburn recruiting from AuburnSports.com.
Hawthorne stays in-state at Auburn
Four-star wide receiver Tim Hawthorne kept everyone in suspense right up until the last second: Would he stay home and go to Auburn or Alabama, or would he go out of state to Tennessee or South Carolina? Wild rumors flew all day, but in the end Hawthorne decided the Plains was the place for him.
"At Auburn I have a great opportunity to come in and play and develop myself," Hawthorne at his press conference. "They are putting together a great class and they have the highest potential for me right now." Auburn now has 20 commitments, 13 rated four-stars or better, as the Tigers are making a late push to get into the top 10 nationally.
Possible change for Beeler?
Three-star offensive lineman Chase Beeler has been committed to Oklahoma since New year's Day and is scheduled to sign his LOI in a ceremy at his high school on Wednesday afternoon. But Rivals.com National Recruiting Editor Jeremy Crabtree talked to Beeler's high school coach today and heard that there may be some movement.
"We're hearing that Stanford might be moving back in," Jenks High School coach Allen Trimble said. "It might make things interesting around here." It shoud be noted that Beeler assured the OU coaches in the last few days that he will be a Sooner, but this might be something to stay tuned in to.
Syracuse DE still wide open
Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers defensive end McKenzie Mathews stayed in his hometown last weekend for his final official visit to Syracuse. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder has taken all five of his official visits and is expected to choose between 'Cuse, Pitt, Michigan, Ohio State and Boston College tonight or tomorrow. Pitt and Michigan had been listed as the leaders in some reports, but apparently it's more wide open than that.
"I think it is very wide open between all the schools he visited," Christian Brothers head coach Joe Casamento said. "I haven't been able to talk to him since his visit to Syracuse, so I don't really know how that one went. I do know that he wanted to give everybody at least a day after his final official visit before deciding."
Arkansas snags former LSU commit
Mobile (Ala.) Davidson wide receiver London Crawford, a three-star prospect who had been committed to LSU since October, has apparently changed his mind and is now set to sign with Arkansas. Crawford (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) quietly took an official visit to Arkansas on Jan. 20 and was reported to be leaning towards the Razorbacks after the visit.
The commitment gives Arkansas 24 pledges in this year's class and leaves LSU with the same number. While the Tigers now have just two wide receivers on their commit list, both are four-star prospects, Ricky Dixon and Jared Mitchell.
Florida lineman headed to Michigan State
Three-star offensive guard Abre Leggins who had previously taken visits to Memphis and Florida International, took a look at Michigan State over the weekend and decided that he will be spending his college career in East Lansing as a Spartan.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Leggins is ranked as the #70 prospect in Florida for the class of 2006 and also the No. 35 offensive guard in the country, but he will get a chance to play defensive tackle at Michigan State. He becomes the 25th commitment to a Spartans class that ranks 30th nationally. Click here for more on Leggins and Michigan State recruiting from SpartanMag.com.
Alexander decides not to decide
Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower safety Mister Alexander, a three-star prospect and the No. 78 player in the state of Texas, was supposed to announce his college choice on Monday during a press conference at his high school. He held offers from Arkansas, Washington State and Arizona State but spent this past weekend at Florida State and was still hoping for one from the Seminoles.
It's unclear whether or not that offer came in, but Alexander decided to give it a little more time either way. "I'm not ready to make my announcement today," Alexander said. "I'll make it on Signing Day." The 6-foot-2, 183-pound safety missed six games during his senior season but recorded 30 tackles and three forced fumbles.
McCoy still undecided: USC or OU?
Five-star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy still hasn't decided where he will be playing college football, but he doesn't seem to be too worried about it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that all of his options can offer a pretty attractive package. After being pursued by most of the nation's top programs, McCoy will choose between Southern Cal and Oklahoma.
"I'm undecided at this point, but we're getting pretty close to making a decision," the 6-foot-4, 300-pound McCoy said. "I've already had a meeting with my family, so now it's just a matter of me picking the school that fits me best. I'm not worried about it or stressing out though." McCoy will announce his decision on Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. ET from his high school in Oklahoma City.
Spurrier lands big defensive lineman
He kept it a secret for a while, but it turns out that four-star defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis knew he wanted to be a Gamecock after visiting South Carolina last weekend. On Monday, he let the cat out of the bag, giving coach Steve Spurrier his sixth four-star recruit in a class that now has 23 commitments.
"I chose South Carolina because I believe in Coach Spurrier, and I believe he's going to get it done up there," the Lake Worth, Fla., native said."I just think there's a lot of opportunities for me at South Carolina to succeed." Ellis, the No. 12 defensive tackle in the nation, chose South Carolina over Tennessee, N.C. State and Rutgers, among others. Click here for more on Ellis and South Carolina recruiting from GamecockCentral.com.
Poe still headed to Louisville
Three-star athlete James Poe has not spoken to the media much since committing to Louisville back in November, but that doesn't mean
other schools stopped their pursuit of the 6-foot-3, 219-pounder from Freedom High in Orlando, Fla. But despite the recent efforts of Arizona
and South Florida, Poe is still committed to being a Cardinal.
Poe rushed for 1,501 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior, but because of his size and athletic ability, some have argued about what position
he might play in college. Louisville, however, likes big backs and sees him as a running back at the moment. Click here for more on Poe and Louisville recruiting from CardinalSports.com.
Watson decides on Florida State
Three-star linebacker Dekoda Watson visited Virginia Tech and Tennessee the last two weekends, but apparently neither showed him as much as Florida State did three weeks ago. The Aiken, S.C., prospect has decided he will be a Seminole, turning down the home-state Gamecocks in addition to the Hokies and Vols.
"He's always been a Florida State fan," Watson's father Watson told Warchant.com. "It was his dream to go to Florida State." Watson is the 22nd player to commit to Florida State, and the Seminoles currently rank seventh in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings.
Rose still sticking with three finalists
Four-star offensive lineman Daron Rose went on his final official visit over the weekend and came away very impressed with Florida State. Still, Rose was not quite ready to make a commitment as South Carolina and Michigan are still in the mix for the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation.
Rose will make his announcement on signing day at his high school in Tampa, Fla. South Carolina is looking to make a late push and is currently ranked 32nd in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings. Michigan (12th) could move into the top 10 if Rose were to come on board, while Florida State (7th) is making its usual late run at the top five.
Michigan back in mix for Peters
Corey Peters, a four-star defensive tackle from Louisville, Ky., listed Kentucky, Auburn and Ohio State as his leaders after a visit last weekend to Columbus, but that didn't stop him from taking one final visit to Ann Arbor, Mich., over the weekend to get a final look at the Wolverines.
"Right now he needs to just have time to think to himself," his mother said. "All the schools have been nice and he just needs to have time to collect his thoughts and decide what is best for him. He's going to announce on Signing Day." Peters is the No. 3 player in Kentucky and the No. 24 defensive tackle in the nation. Click here for more on Peters and Michigan recruiting from The Wolverine.com.
N.C. State or Pitt for Augustin?
Three-star DE Audi Augustin spent the past two weekends on official visits, and now he must decide whether N.C. State or Pitt is the place for him. After returning from Raleigh this weekend, it sounded as if the Wolfpack might be a slight favorite.
"It's Pittsburgh and N.C. State,"Augustin said. "N.C. State is looking good, but I had a good visit to Pittsburgh, too. I'll announce it at my school on signing day." Augustin, who now measures 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 21 weakside defensive end in the country and No. 67 player in Florida.
Warren will finalize things today
Five-star TE/DE Brandon Warren has been a Florida State commitment since last summer, but Tennessee has been making a late push for the Alcoa, Tenn., prospect and had him on campus for an official visit over the weekend. While Warren didn't rate the visit as highly as his FSU official a week earlier, the Vols gave him something to think about.
"I'm still an FSU commitment," Warren said Sunday. "We are going to meet [Sunday night], me and the family, and sit down and talk about some things. We are going to lay it all out ... because I have to be 100 percent sure about what I'm doing by [Monday]." Warren will announce his final decision this evening. While FSU is recruiting Warren primarily to play tight end, Rivals.com rates him as the No. 2 defensive end in the country and the No. 24 overall prospect in the Class of 2006.
Chain reaction for Texas QB prospects
A couple of two-star quarterback prospects from Texas are both set to sign with the schools of their choice, but it took some late changes to make it happen. Better late than never for Zack Eskridge and Steven Headley.
Eskridge had been committed to Wyoming, but he spent the weekend checking out TCU. Meanwhile, Headley went to Wyoming for an official visit, even though the Cowboys didn't have an offer for him. But Eskridge liked what he saw in Fort Worth enough to commit to the Horned Frogs, opening the door for the Cowboys to offer Headly, who jumped at it. It is a nice upgrade for Headley, who had offers only from Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State heading into the weekend.
Syracuse pulls in big-time receiver
Syracuse added a huge piece to its 2006 class Sunday when four-star wide receiver Andrey Baskin picked the Orange over Tennessee. The Camden, N.J., prospect, who also had offers from N.C. State and Ohio State, is the No. 6 player in the Garden State and the No. 32 receiver in the nation.
Baskin, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 192 pounds, is the second four-star prospect on a Syracuse commit list that also boasts six 3-star prospects and has moved into the top 50 nationally.
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Four-star Morgan running out of time
Linebacker Michael Morgan – the top uncommitted to player in Texas – was all set to announce his decision Sunday on television in Dallas. But with more than 30 members of his family and numerous friends there on the set, Morgan decided to wait it out. Morgan did announce that he had officially narrowed his list by one school, eliminating Oklahoma and leaving Southern Cal, Texas A&M and Florida State as his finalists.
"It's a hard decision," Morgan said. "I have to go back to the house and talk one-on-one and get to the bottom of this. It's real tight. Real tight." He did not indicate when he would have a final decision, but with signing day now just 48 hours away, it's a pick that's going to have to come quickly.
Zips grab three-star offensive lineman
Whoever said father knows best got it wrong. When it comes to recruiting time after time it is mother knows best. And when it came time to decide the final fate of his future, Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven three-star offensive center Mark Jackson leaned on his mother for advice, and the talk caused him to reverse an earlier decision that had him heading to Marshall.
"I got to talking to my mother, and she thought the best thing for me to do would be to go to Akron," Jackson, who is 6-foot-6 and 301 pounds, said. "She thought it would be a better fit for me, and it would give me a better education. It's a better fit and it's a lot closer to home."
Hawthorne finally set to announce
Four-star wide receiver Tim Hawthorne has long insisted that there was no leader among the six schools in the running for his services. So it should come as no surprise that he is not tipping his hand with less than a day until his announcement. Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisville and Tennessee are all in the running, and for what it's worth, the Vols got the last shot with an official visit this weekend.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver from Homewood, Ala., is the No. 2 prospect in the state and the fourth-ranked wide receiver in the nation. He is ranked No. 49 in the final Rivals100 and will announce his choice Monday at 5 p.m. (ET) during a press conference at his high school. Click here for more on Hawthorne's last visit from AuburnSports.com.
Three-star TE headed to N.C. State
Rashad Phillips had been leaning toward Syracuse since a visit there in November, but then he visited N.C. State a couple weeks ago, and the tide started to turn. On Sunday, the three-star tight end made it official, committing to the Wolfpack. The fact that N.C. State is closer to his Virginia Beach home was a factor but not the only one.
"You know, it came down to the conference and they are in a better conference and also winning games already," Phillips said. "It's a dream that I actually get to play in the ACC." Phillips is the 17th prospect to give his pledge to N.C. State, and the Wolfpack's class currently ranks 51st in the nation.
LSU commit now mulling decision
Four-star DE/TE Marcus Tillman has been committed to LSU since way back in May, but with three days left until signing day, he says there is still another school in the running. And although he spent the weekend on an official visit in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Alabama is not that other school. Instead, it is Ole Miss that has the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder from Meadville, Miss., thinking.
With Tillman on board, LSU has 25 commitments and ranks sixth in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings. Ole Miss ranks 14th and would love to have Tillman as the Rebels make a push for a top-10 class. Click here for more on Tillman and LSU recruiting from TigerBait.com.
Morse changes pledge to 'dream school'
Hinsdale (Ill.) Central senior tight end prospect Brett Morse (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) committed to Central Michigan a week ago, but a late offer from Iowa was too much to pass up.
"I'm actually still numb from the turn of events over the past few days," Morse said. "The University of Iowa offered me a scholarship on Friday. I have decommitted from Central Michigan and have recommitted to the University of Iowa. I will sign my Letter of Intent on Wednesday with the Hawkeyes." Morse is the 20th prospect to give his commitment to Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes.
Five-star Smith still weighing options
Andre Smith, the No. 2 prospect in the nation and the top offensive lineman, is back from his final official visit, and now he has a tough decision to make. Smith was in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend taking in the University of Florida, and he is not tipping his hand.
"It was like the rest of my visits. They were all fun and I enjoyed them," Smith told BamaOnLine.com on Sunday. "I'm going to go home and write down the pros and cons with each school. Right now, Alabama, Florida, USC and LSU are dead even." Click here for more on Smith and Alabama recruiting from BamaOnLine.com.
Mills changes pledge to Mississippi State
Mississippi State added its 24th commitment to the class of 2006 on Sunday when Alexandria, La., wide receiver Keith Mills decided to change his pledge from Southern Miss to the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Mills also had offers from Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State.
Mills may end up redshirting next season as he recently suffered a broken ankle when he slipped running on a wet gym floor. Click here for more on Mills and Mississippi State recruiting from BulldogBlitz.com.
Fields staying home in Pittsburgh
Three-star safety/wide receiver Elijah Fields won't be straying very far from home to play his college football as the Duquesne High School product has decided to attend Pitt. One if his last games in high school was the WPIAL Class A championship game, played on the Panthers' home field, Heinz Field
This past fall, Fields caught 42 passes for 1,167 yards and he carried the ball, primarily on reverses, for another 704 yards. Fields also returned kicks and scored 30 total touchdowns. Click here for more on Fields and Pitt recruiting from Pantherlair.com.
Joseph jumps at long-awaited USC offer
Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Vincent Joseph had long been holding out hope for an offer from Southern Cal, so when it came on his official visit this weekend, the three-star prospect wasted little time jumping at it.
"I'm a Trojan," Joseph said Sunday. "I'm so excited right now because this is home for me and USC is where I've always wanted to go. I'm not afraid of competition and I know in my heart I can play there. The coaches wouldn't be offering me if they didn't think I could play for them." Joseph is the 19th commitment for Southern Cal, whose class is currently ranked second in the nation. Click here for more on Joseph's decision from Rivals.com Football Recruiting.
K-State pulls Mayfield to Big 12
Randallstown (Md.) offensive lineman Kenneth Mayfield took his first official visit of the recruiting process this weekend, and things went very well at Kansas State. So well, in fact, Mayfield decided that Manhattan, Kan., was the place for him.
"My visit to Kansas State went really good," said the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Mayfield, who also held offers from Temple, Toledo and Morgan State. "This was the best opportunity I had. I mean, it is the Big 12 Conference." Click here for more on Mayfield and Kansas State recruiting from GoPowercat.com.
Colorado lands three-star California RB
San Diego Cathedral Catholic running back Demetrius Sumler was pretty sure he wanted to play for Dan Hawkins, so when the former Boise State coach took the Colorado job, things looked good for the Buffs. An official visit to Boulder last weekend solidified things, but Sumler waited until today to announce his decision.
"Basically when Coach Hawkins went there, that is when I knew that is where I wanted to go but I still wasn't sure what their situation was going to be like at running back," Sumler said. "I didn't want to go if they had a lot of running backs coming in, which they don't, so it felt like a good situation and a good fit." Click here for more on Sumler and Colorado recruiting from BuffStampede.com.
Sleeper switches commitment to Florida
Defensive back Wondy Pierre-Louis, a two-star prospect originally from Haiti and now living in Naples, Fla., had been committed to West Virginia, but he knew all along that would probably change if he ever got an offer from the home-state Gators. On a weekend visit to Gainesville, that offer came and Pierre-Louis wasted little time commiting to Coach Urban Meyer.
Pierre-Louis (6-0, 176) is the 28th commitment to the Gators, who currently have the top class in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings. Click here for more on Pierre-Louis and Florida recruiting from GatorBait.net.
Three more pledges from Hawaii
There must be something in the water at Kahuku (Hawaii) High School. After producing a solid season on the field, the school has six players who have now made oral commitments to Division I programs, including the latest to pick a Pac 10 program: safety Suaesi Tuimaunei.
Tuimaunei, who is 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, said he has committed to Oregon State, picking the Beavers over offers from New Mexico State and San Jose State. Joining Tuimaunei on commitment lists are running back Malosi Te'o and linebacker Micah Wily. Te'o, an all-state pick, committed to UNLV; Wily, a 6-foot, 226-pounder, is heading to San Jose State.
Four-star Duvalt picks Illinois
Many thought that Illinois coach Ron Zook would pull a lot of talent out of Florida thanks to his time coaching in Gainesville, but it took until three days before signing day for Zook to land his first commit from the Sunshine State. Chris Duvalt, a four-star corner from Lakeland, Fla., committed to the Illini on Sunday.
While the Illinois class ranks just 28th nationally at the moment, Duvalt is the seventh four-star prospect to give his pledge to Zook. Last season, Illinois signed only three prospects rated four stars or better. Click here for more on Duvalt's commitment from Orange&BlueNews.com.
Top player in D.C. down to two
With just a few days to go before Signing Day, the top player in the District of Columbia has cut his list of favorites in half to two schools. Who is Washington (D.C.) Dunbar cornerback Vontae Davis considering and when does he plan to make an announcement?
"I'm down to Michigan State and Illinois," the three-star prospect said. "I'm planning to make my decision on Signing Day. I've been leaning toward the Big Ten a little more because of the atmosphere in that conference, and I really can see myself playing there and accomplishing a lot."
Auburn makes push for Alexander
Four-star athlete Earl Alexander committed to Alabama in December after his official visit to Tuscaloosa, but this weekend the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder decided to take one last look at Auburn. Has anything changed?
"Earl decided to go to Auburn at the last minute for a visit," Earl's father, Earl Sr., said. "The trip was fine and he had a good time. The Auburn staff gave him something to think about, but I still think he will honor his commitment to Alabama." Click here for more on Alexander and Crimson Tide recruiting from BamOnLine.com.
Visit solidifies Snyder to LSU
Three-star offensive tackle/tight end Mark Snyder has been committed to LSU since early November, but he decided to take one last look at the Tigers with an official visit over the weekend, and he liked what he saw. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound prospect from Monroe, La., will sign with the Tigers on Wednesday.
"I am still very much committed to LSU. The program in Baton Rouge is great. I love the campus and the academics are really good. It's a tremendous school. Overall, those things just made me want to go there." Click here for more on Snyder's visit from TigerBait.com.
PSU has 5-star Hazelton thinking
Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy wide receiver Vidal Hazelton has been doing a lot of thinking of late as Penn State continues to make a push for the nation's No. 7 player. According to Hazelton's father, Dexter, Vidal has all the information he needs but likely won't know for sure on his destination until Signing Day.
"I think it's probably 50/50 right now for Vidal," said Dexter, whose son committed to Southern Cal a month ago. "I talked to coach Pete Carroll twice over the last few days, and I spoke to the Penn State coaching staff as well. I'm not able to get down there Sunday like I wanted, but I think I have enough information. I presented it to Vidal and now it's up to him to choose." Click here for more on Hazelton's visit to Happy Valley.
Sleeper Garner headed to Wisconsin
There are sleepers, and sometimes there are super sleepers. That's the case with Pasadena (Calif.) Muir defensive end Ricky Garner, who committed earlier today to play football for one of the top programs in the Big Ten.
Garner took an official visit to Madison, Wisc., this weekend and fell in love, so he will be a Badger. Because of an injury that kept him out most of his junior season and a move from offense to defense, Garner fell off the national recruiting map. But it was Wisconsin and coach Dave Doeren that found him after reviewing senior tape.
UGA back on top for Jones
Atlanta Booker T. Washington safety Reshad Jones, a five-star prospect and the top safety in the nation, named LSU as his leader last week, but a visit to home-state Georgia has him thinking about being a Bulldog again.
"Georgia is now the leader," Jones told UGASports.com. "It is really just Georgia and LSU. I have pretty much eliminated Miami. Georgia is my leader now, but I am still really thinking about LSU too." Click here for more from UGASports.com.
New leader for 4-star Mitchell?
Four-star wide receiver Chris Mitchell from Marrero, La., has long listed home-state LSU as his leader, but apparently a visit to Miami this weekend may have changed things.
While he stopped short of saying that the Hurricanes are his new leader, it appears they have pulled even with the Tigers. "Miami has a decent shot ... I have the opportunity to play early," Mitchell told CaneSport.com. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound speedster said he will probably announce his decision on Monday. Click here for more from CaneSport.com.
Patterson ready to make choice
Four-star defensive lineman Adam Patterson spent the weekend at Auburn and says he could have his decision made by the end of the day, although he won't announce his intentions until Signing Day. The 6-foot-2, 256-pounder from Columbia, S.C., previously visited Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina and N.C. State.
"I had a real good chance to see the facilities ... it was wonderful," Patterson said of his visit to the Plains. "The visit really surpassed my expectations." Click here for more from AuburnSports.com.
Powers headed to Arkansas
Tanner, Ala., linebacker/running back Ryan Powers wasn't getting much love, so he sent a new highlight tape to some SEC schools just before Christmas break. Arkansas was immediately interested, and after a visit to Fayetteville this weekend, Powers decided it was the place for him.
Powers, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighst 210 pounds, chose the Razorbacks over Southern Miss and Memphis. Click here for more from HawgSports.com.
Bowden changing minds?
It was a busy weekend at Florida State, and it looks like Bobby Bowden is working his magic again. At least two weekend visitors who arrived in Tallahassee committed to other schools are at least seriously considering becoming seminoles.
Three-star wide receiver Alex Rose, an Auburn plegde, and two-star offensive tackle Ray Dominguez, who committed to Arkansas just this past week, are both now having second thoughts and end up signing with Florida State. Click here for more from Warchant.com.
Two-sport star headed to FSU
Has the strong finish already begun for Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles? It appears so as three-star wide receiver Brent Brewer was impressed enough with his official visit over the weekend to give his pledge to play football and baseball in Tallahassee.
Brewer, a shortstop/centerfielder who also met with FSU baseball coach Mike Martin on Saturday, chose the Seminoles over home-state Georgia and also Mississippi State. He is the 20th commitment in an FSU class that currently ranks eighth nationally. Click here for more from Warchant.com.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Vols pull Johnson out of Illinois
Four-star offensive lineman Ramone Johnson knew he would be wearing orange next season; the only question was would it be for Illinois or Tennessee? In the end, despite hailing from Chicago, Johnson decided it would be the Vols and not the home-state Illini.
"In the end, Tennessee just felt like the better fit for me overall," the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder said. "Everything from the roster situation to getting a chance to play football in the SEC, to the academics and more, I just felt like Tennessee was the best place for me." Click here for more from VolQuest.com.
Four-star Hunter headed to Iowa
Linebacker Jeremiha Hunter had not spoken about his recruitment in nearly two months, but for the Iowa Hawkeyes, his announcement was worth the wait. Hunter, a four-star prospect ranked No. 4 in the state of Pennsylvania, took visits to Tennessee, Penn State and UConn in addition to Iowa but decided to head west.
Hunter joins defensive end Adrian Clayborn as the only two four-star or better commits in an Iowa class that currently ranks 40th in the country. Click here for more on Hunter and the rest of the class from HawkeyeReport.com.
Big Symonette commits to Miami
The Miami commit list grew in more ways than one on Saturday when huge three-star offensive lineman Ian Symonette announced that he will be a Hurricane. The 6-foot-9, 320-pound Symonette, who grew up in the Bahamas before moving to Texas, chose Miami over LSU.
Symonette is still a bit of a project as he has been playing high school football just two years and missed all but two games in his junior season with a broken leg. After his commitment, Miami ranks 15th in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings. Click here for more on Symonette and the rest of the class from CaneSport.com.
Friday, January 27, 2006
WVU snags three-star prep defensive back
West Virginia grabbed its 14th commitment for the class of 2006 on Friday when Franchot Allen gave his pledge to Rich Rodriguez. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive back from Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., chose the Mountaineers over Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan State.
Rodriguez and WVU are looking to finish strong as they currently rank 52nd in the nation in Rivals.com's Team Recruiting Rankings. Last season, the Mountaineers finished 31st in the nation, thanks in part to landing five-star running back Jason Gwaltney.
Four-star receiver picks Illinois
Bayonne, N.J., four-star receiver Kenny Britt had taken official visits to Virginia, Rutgers and Illinois, but it was the visit last weekend to Illinois that ended up selling him on where he needs to spend his future.
"Kenny has committed to Illinois," Britt's father, Ricky Rodriguez, said. "He actually committed to them on Wednesday. He's a special kid and was looking for somebody that was going to stick with him. He wanted to play for a special school. And that school is Illinois." Britt is ranked as the nation's No. 22 receiver prospect and the No. 5 player in New Jersey.
Southern Cal lands five-star back
He calls himself "The Prince" ... is he the future King of L.A.? He just might be, because five-star running back Stafon Johnson, the No. 18 player in the Class of 2006 Rivals100, announced he is staying close to home and going Southern Cal.
The commitment gives the Trojans pledges from seven of the top 10 players in the state of California, and Johnson is the fifth 5-star player to commit to Southern Cal. Pete Carroll and company are a solid second in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings but still have work to do to catch Florida.