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The Daily Recruiting Word
HEADLINE STORY: * With the early signing period beginning this past Wednesday, here's a look at a few of the top prospects who signed their letters of intent led by All-American baseball standout Delmon Young. Baseball Signing:* Camarillo (Calif.) outfielder Delmon Young could be the nation's top prospect regardless of sport. As a junior, he hit .535 with 65 hits, 17 home runs, 56 RBI and 50 runs scored. He was the State Player of the Year and many feel he could be the top overall pick in the MLB Draft next June and the best pro prospect since Ken Griffey Jr.Although he may never play a second of college baseball, it was still considered a huge coup for Arizona when Young signed a letter of intent with the Wildcats on Wednesday. Young was one of six players to sign with the Cats giving them the top rated recruiting class in the nation by Baseball America.Basketball News:* With the exception of Lebron James, who most everyone assumes is a lock to enter the NBA Draft, the only other national top 50 player yet to sign or commit to a school is Brandon Bass, a 6-7, 225 pound forward from Baton Rouge (La.) Capital. Bass could wait until the Spring signing period as it appears he hasn't even narrowed his list of schools down to a final five yet. He took official visits to LSU, Connecticut, Miami and USC and is also looking at Kentucky and Mississippi State.Football Recruiting News:* Willie Cooper, a 6-2, 190 pound safety from St. Augustine (Fla.) confirmed his spot for the CaliFlorida Bowl and listed his favorite colleges in this order; 1. Florida State 2. Miami 3. Oklahoma 4. Florida and 5. Georgia. All have offered scholarships. * Another player we'll see in the CaliFlorida Bowl is All-American defensive back Dee Webb, 6-0, 185 pounds from Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White. Webb has official visits lined up with Florida (Dec. 13), Miami (Dec. 20) and Florida State (Jan. 17). He listed his favorite colleges as Miami, Florida, Florida State, Clemson and North Carolina and all have offered a scholarship. * Yet one more player confirming for the All-Star game was Bryan Pata, a 6-4, 255 pound defensive lineman from North Miami Beach (Fla.) Miami Central. Pata could be the top player in always loaded Dade County and is a tremendous pass rusher. He'll visit Rutgers (Dec. 6), Oklahoma (Dec. 13), Florida (Dec. 20) and Miami (Jan. 17). Miami is tops on his list followed by Florida State, Florida, Oklahoma and Rutgers. * One of the nation's finest offensive line prospects and a borderline top 100 player is Mikal Brewer, 6-4, 275 pounds from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial. Brewer has already taken two of his official visits and has dates set with his other three favorites. Brewer just visited Arizona last weekend and tripped to Nebraska back in August. He'll visit UCLA (Nov. 22), Notre Dame (Dec. 6) and Stanford (Dec. 13). "Stanford is my top school," Brewer said. "I like all the schools in my to five though, that's why I'm taking these visits." * Derrick Williams, a 5-11, 195 pound running back from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco will trip to Cal next weekend (Nov. 22). Williams, who is also a talented defensive back had already set up a trip to Oregon for (Dec. 6). Williams currently has UCLA leading Oregon, Notre Dame, Cal and USC. All but the Irish and Trojans have offered a scholarship. * They don't get much bigger or better than Jasper (Texas) offensive lineman Jorrie Adams. At 6-7, 275 pounds, Adams is a prototype left tackle prospect and has picture perfect pass blocking technique. The talented lineman said he has yet to schedule any of his official visits yet but said a few of the schools he's looking are Texas, Miami, Florida, Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma. Adams said he would like to wait until he takes all of his visits before he makes his college choice. "I'll go where I feel most comfortable and where I get the best coaching," Adams said. Football Commitments: * Notre Dame beat out Stanford for talented tight end John Carlson. Carlson, 6-6, 235 pounds from Litchfield (Minn.) took official visits to his two favorites before choosing the Irish. "It was a lot of things," Carlson said. "I just felt more comfortable there and felt like it was the best fit for me. The coaching staff is top notch. They have a lot of quality people on the staff and the same thing can be said about the players. Academically, I think it was a good fit for me and the campus is beautiful. It has a midwest kind of feel to it so I felt at home there." * Colorado landed one of the top athletes in Texas as Dominique Brooks, a 6-1, 190 pound safety from North Mesquite (Texas) committed to the Buffs. Brooks took his official visit to boulder in week two of the college football season and decided to pull the trigger early this week. * UCLA picked up a pair of commitments from two players who could be labeled sleepers as neither was well known on the national scene. The first was Trey Brown, a 5-11, 185 pound defensive back from Shawnee Mission (Kansas) Northwest. Brown's father Theotis is a former Bruin running back and his mother also attended UCLA. He turned down offers from Oklahoma State and Kansas State. Also committing was Nikola Dragovic, a 6-4, 270 pound offensive lineman from Vista (Calif.) Rancho Buena Vista. Dragovic is a dominant two-way lineman and was also the state heavyweight wrestling champion as a junior. * Mike Hill, a 6-1, 250 pound defensive tackle from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills committed to Toledo. "He knows the game, he gets great leverage and he's in great shape," Penn Hills coach Neil Gordon told the Toledo Blade. "He's so quick off the ball and low that he can't be blocked." * According to the Chicago Sun Times, Zach Ullrich, a 6-1, 185 pound quarterback from Wheaton North (Ill.) has committed to Northern Illinois. Ullrich attended NIU's dramatic win over Bowling Green on Saturday and was so caught up in the excitement, he committed in the locker room following the game. Ullrich threw for 1,982 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior and is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the Chicago area. Track Recruiting News: * The nation's premier girls high school sprinter, Alyson Felix, will chose between a pair of USC's, possibly by the weekend. The L.A Baptist (Calif.) standout will pick between the University of Southern California and the University of South Carolina. Felix won the state 100 and 200m titles a year ago and with her older brother Noel running track for the Trojans, the local school is believed to be the front runner.
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