February 1, 2009

Prep school/JUCO detour will be required for some

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There will be some prospects in the class of 2009 who do not meet the initial academic eligibility requirements and therefore have to attend a prep school or junior college.

Despite potential academic issues, players still are highly recruited for several reasons. First, there's always a chance a recruit will qualify. Second, if a recruit doesn't qualify, a school can sign him and place him in a prep school or junior college and get him a year or two later; more times than not in that scenario, the player will re-sign with the same school.

Perhaps the biggest "name" recruit this season on the potential academic bubble is Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes cornerback Greg Reid, who has narrowed his college choices to Florida State, Alabama and Georgia. He is expected to announce Tuesday.

Another is running back Melvin Richardson from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, whose recruitment has been rather light because of his academic situation. He is likely to go to a junior college.

Sulphur Springs (Texas) High star Tyrik Rollison, an Auburn commitment, could turn into the top dual-threat quarterback from the 2009 class. He has all the physical ability in the world, but he supposedly has no chance to qualify. Auburn took a chance, and the gamble could pay off, whether it's this season or in the near future.

Here's a list of some potential players from the class of 2009 who could end up at either prep school or junior college:

Prep school/junior college candidates
PlayerPositionCommitmentHigh school
Oday AboushiOTVirginia Brooklyn (N.Y.) Xaverian
Jason AnkrahDENebraska Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard
Adaris Bellamy RB USF Dunedin (Fla.) High
Jaamal Berry RB Ohio State Miami Palmetto
Michael Bowman WR Alabama Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland
Vontaze Burfict LB USC Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Orson Charles WR uncommitted Tampa (Fla.) Plant
Jonathan Davis LB UCF Tucker (Ga.) High
Willie Downs ATH Florida State Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
Dyron Dye DE Miami Sanford (Fla.) Seminole
Joshua Evans ATH uncommitted Irvington (N.J.) High
Darris Ford G Missouri Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood East
Jeremy Gallon ATH Michigan Apopka (Fla.) High
Ryne Giddins DE USF Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Alshon Jeffery WR USC St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County
Eddie Lacy RB uncommitted Geismar (La.) Dutchtown
Craig Loston S LSU Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower
Derrick Lott DT Georgia Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb
Lamar Miller RB Miami Miami Killian
Dexter Moody LB Georgia Twin City (Ga.) Emanuel County Institute
Morgan Moses OT uncommitted Richmond (Va.) Meadowbrook
Earnest Norman LB uncommitted Euless (Texas) Trinity
Greg Reid CB uncommitted Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes
Melvin Richardson RB uncommitted Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri St. Louis Gateway High
Tyrik Rollison QB Auburn Sulphur Springs (Texas) High
Joey Searcy DT Minnesota Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie
Darrington Sentimore DT Alabama Destrehan (La.) High
Todd Thomas WR Pittsburgh Beaver Falls (Pa.) High
Darius Winston CB Arkansas West Helena (Ark.) Central
Rod Woodson S Alabama Olive Branch (Miss.) High

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