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The Daily Recruiting Word
Football Commitments: * There wasn't a more impressive player anywhere in the country this year than Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton wide receiver Sean Bailey. Bailey announced at a news conference today that he would be attending the University of Georgia. Bailey, 6-1, 170 pounds, had narrowed his choices to Georgia and Florida State and actually said the 'Noles were a slight leader after a visit there earlier in the month. "One of the biggest factors is Coach Mark Richt," Bailey said. "It came down to Georgia and Florida State, and he (Richt) is more hands on with the program than at FSU. I've seen them both play and practice, and I like the way Coach Richt is on the field coaching and teaching. Coach John Eason is the receivers coach, and I felt like I really connected well with him. I felt like I could build a good relationship with him over the next four or five years." On the season, Bailey had 1,400 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns in just 10 games this past season. * North Mesquite (Texas) defensive back Tarell Brown, 5-11, 175 pounds is another Hot 100 player to make his decision announcing for the Texas Longhorns. Brown had a huge season at running back but was recruited as a cornerback by all the schools he was looking at. At the Nike Camp in College Station, Brown earned Camp MVP honors after clocking a 4.32 in the 40, jumping 36 inches in the vertical and was the top cover corner of the day for good measure. - The Horns also locked up defensive back Billy Pittman, 6-1, 175 pounds from Cameron (Texas). Pittman played quarterback as well as defensive back this past season but will focus on defense in college. * You don't see too many package deals that actually play out but BYU scored huge when they landed the top two players in Utah including Hot 100 defensive tackle Brian Soi. Soi's Provo-Timpview teammate Dallas Reynolds, a mammoth 6-4, 310 pound offensive lineman committed to the Cougars as well. Reynolds father Lance is actually the offensive line coach at BYU and once he decided on the Cougars, he was able to talk Soi, who had been leaning to Oregon just a few days ago, to pull the trigger as well. * Michigan landed one of the nation's top all purpose players in Ryan Mundy, a 6-2, 200 pound athlete from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills. We loved Mundy at the Nike Camp in Pennsylvania where he was the dominant cover man and looked great in the one on one drills. Mundy narrowed his choices to the Wolverines and Pittsburgh before choosing the Wolverines. A year ago, Woodland Hills wide receiver Steve Breaston narrowed his choices to Michigan and Pitt and also picked UM. * Virginia picked up a commitment from Hot 100 offensive lineman Ian-Yates Cunningham, 6-4, 300 pounds from Carrollton (Texas) Hebron. Cunningham dominated the line drills at the Nike Camp in Texas and has excellent technique to go along with his quick feet. He also visited Nebraska and Georgia Tech and had offers from schools all over the country including LSU, Colorado and Penn State. * Oklahoma had a great day and picked up two players who could be instant play makers for them. The first bit of good news came when the fax from Mt. San Antonio JC (Calif.) safety Donte Nicholson rolled in this morning. Nicholson is the top JUCO safety in the country and had committed to Arizona State, USC and the Sooners at different points in his recruitment. As of last night, he said he still wasn't sure who he would sign with between the Sooners and Trojans but chose OU after saying he had to follow his heart. - The Sooners also picked up a commitment from standout linebacker Lewis Baker, 6-3, 200 pounds from Carrollton (Texas) Hebron. Baker had originally committed to Texas back in September but backed off it a month later. He visited Notre Dame just two weeks ago but said OU was the best fit for him. * Sergio Aguayo, a 6-0, 160 pound kicker from San Jacinto (Calif.) has committed to UNLV. Aguayo also visited and had an offer from San Jose State. * Humble (Texas) defensive back Wilfrey Fontenot committed to Arizona. Fontenot, 5-9, 150 pounds ran a 4.55 in the 40, 4.13 in the shuttle, and jumped 35 inches in the vertical at the Nike Camp in Texas. - Also committing to the Cats was Independence JC (Kan.) tight end Ray Gurley. Gurley, 6-5, 255 pounds had originally committed to Southern Miss but found out this week he would be cleared academically to play for Arizona and changed his commitment. * Colorado picked up a couple of talented players from Southern CA. in running back Adam Gabriel, 5-11, 215 pounds from Monrovia (Calif.) and Norco (Calif.) quarterback Casey Hansen, 6-5, 185 pounds. Gabriel visited CSU and Wisconsin in the past two weeks but committed to the Rams saying he likes the family atmosphere and the fact they were recruiting him as a tailback rather than a fullback. * Ashton Youboty, a 5-11, 175 pound defensive back from Klein (Texas) has committed to Ohio State. Youboty has incredible speed and clocked a 4.38 in the 40, 4.17 in the shuttle and jumped 35 inches in the vertical. The Texan chose the Buckeyes over Penn State, Tennessee and Michigan. * Michael Meggett, a 6-1, 205 pound athlete from Brooklyn (N.Y) Fort Hamilton has committed to West Virginia. Meggett will likely play defensive back in college and totaled 101 tackles and nine forced fumbles this past season.
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