Recruiting Buzz - Monday Wrap Up
Christian Scott
Christian Scott
Scout.com
Posted Feb 6, 2007


A look at the top recruiting stories from Monday as we Countdown to Signing Day.

Southwest

LSU picked up a huge commitment on Monday from East St. John safety Stefoin Francois 6-1/190. The Florida State Seminoles made a late run at Francois, but in the end the hometown team won out. He is rated as the No. eight safety in the country by Scout.com

Christian Scott 6-0/195 of Dallas Skyline elected to stay in state and play for the Texas Longhorns. He chose the Horns over Oklahoma, LSU and Texas A&M. Scott is ranked as the nation's No. 15 safety in the country by Scout.com.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys landed a huge commitment from Cedar Hill, Texas cornerback William Cole 5-11/170. He chose the Cowboys over Nebraska, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. He is rated as the nation's No. 19 cornerback by Scout.com.

West

Reggie Dunn 5-10/175 is a 4-star receiver from Verbum Dei in Los Angeles. After returning from his trip to Arizona, Dunn has narrowed his finalists down to the Wildcats and Oregon State. A versatile two-way threat, Dunn's future is at receiver and returning kicks and punts. He will announce his choice on Wednesday night on Fox Sports West's High School Spotlight.

Omar Bolden 5-11/195 also returned from his final trip, visiting USC and Bolden will also make his decision public on Wednesday night with Dunn. Bolden, a 4-star cornerback from Colony High School in Ontario has a Pac-10 flavor to his finalists: USC, Arizona State and Oregon State. One of the best running backs in California, Bolden will likely end up on defense in college and projects to cornerback though he plans to take a shot on offense.

Traay Henderson 6-3.5/265 is a tight end from Vancouver BC, and he had committed to Washington State in December. This past weekend though, Henderson changed his mind following a visit to USC and he de-committed from Washington State and picked USC, where he will likely play on the defensive line.

A pair of 3-star prospects from Monrovia, Calif., who were both expected to sign with Mountain West schools on Wednesday, both decided over the weekend that the junior college route will be the road they take. Eric Brooks, a tight end from Monrovia, ranked No. 5 in California, and David Potts, a quarterback, were expected to sign with San Diego State and UNLV respectively but will attend Arizona Western College instead in the fall.

South

Allen Bailey must be pretty good with keeping secrets, because the five-star defensive end from McIntosh Academy in Darien, Ga. held onto a big one for the last week according to his head coach Robby Robinson. "He made his decision today at 1:15, and he's headed to the University of Miami," said Robinson. "Today he came into my office and told me he made his decision over a week ago. I didn't know it, but he just held it to himself to make sure it was the right decision. He's handled this thing with a lot of dignity and class, and he just wanted to make sure that Miami was the right place for him."

Rashad Mason verbally committed to North Carolina over the weekend. The 6-foot-5 225-pound wide receiver from Pearl-Cohn in Nashville, Tenn. is ranked a four-star prospect and the No. 14 wideout in the nation by Scout.com. "I committed to North Carolina," Mason told Scout.com. "They made me feel like I was at home. With other coaching staffs I was uptight, but I was loose and joking around with the UNC coaches."

The stars keep shining for the Florida Gators as four-star linebacker Brandon Hicks announced his decision to play football in Gainesville for the next four years. The Jacksonville Forest strongside linebacker has been at the top of the recruiting board for the Gators for the entire process this year. "I talked to Coach Mattison and I told him today that I was committing and he was really excited about it," Hicks said. "He is very excited and was going to call Coach (Urban) Meyer and tell him. I only got to talk to him for a second because I was just getting out of church." North

North

During the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas one of the top cornerbacks in the nation informed Scout.com that the Michigan Wolverines were atop his list. Boubacar Cissoko of Cass Tech high in Detroit, Mich., made it known just how high the Wolverines were on Super Bowl Sunday as he pledged his services to the home state school. Cissoko, a junior earned the Overall MVP honors in San Antonio.

While the Wolverines landed one of the top cornerbacks in the class of 2008 they were one of a number of teams who lost out on one of the stars of the 2007 class as Scout.com five-star cornerback Ronald Johnson announced he will attend USC. The Muskegon, Mich., native chose the Trojans over Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Florida.

Dave Wannstedt and the Pittsburgh Panthers are closing in on their second consecutive top 15 class, but Scout.com received word today that the Panthers have lost one pledge from a promising class. Florida running back Xavier Stinson, a three-star prospect according to Scout.com from Chaminade-Madonna High has informed the Panthers staff that he will attend Florida Atlantic University instead of Pittsburgh. Stinson would have likely ended up attending a prep school prior to enrolling at Pittsburgh, now he will be able to enroll right away at FAU.


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