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UT, Nebraska favorites in race for Aaron Green

1/13/2010

It's not exactly: crème brûlée.

But for those addicted to recruiting information, Tom Luginbill's daily missives are the next best thing to that tasty dessert.

Particularly to cap off a dose of lunch links with some of the latest Big 12-related recruiting information.

The saga of senior-to-be tailback Aaron Green of Madison High School in San Antonio will be particularly interesting.

Here's the latest lowdown on Green and some other players who were recruited by schools around the conference.

And for the latest recruiting information, always consider ESPN.com's On the Trail, which is one of the highlights of Insider benefits.

RB Aaron Green

San Antonio, TX

James Madison H.S.

Elite junior prospect Aaron Green has Texas, USC and Nebraska among his favorites, ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTexas.com reports.

"They're real good," Green said of Texas, who is expected to offer soon. "They have a good program, obviously, or they wouldn't have been in the national championship game a couple of days ago. I'm going to try to go to their Junior Day in February."

Several others are pursuing Green, who hopes to focus his search in the near future, "During the spring I'm going to try and narrow my list down to around eight schools."

Nebraska might have an edge because Green's older brother, Andrew, currently is playing there.

Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Baylor, California, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas A&M and Texas Tech among others have also offered.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder exploded onto the scene as a sophomore rushing for 2,024 yards and 27 touchdowns.

He dealt with minor ligament damage and bone bruises this fall. He finished the season with 1,133 yards and 14 total touchdowns.

TE Henley Griffon

Apopka, FL

Apopka H.S.

Scouts Grade: 40

Henley Griffon, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end from Apopka Senior (Apopka, Fla.), has accepted a Class of 2010 scholarship offer from Colorado after de-committing from Memphis due to the Tigers' recent coaching change.

Among his other offers were Eastern Michigan, Alabama-Birmingham and Florida Atlantic.

WR Adrian Coxson

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore City College H.S.

Scouts Grade: 81

ESPNU150 Rank: 102

Position Rank: 18

Four-star wide receiver Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md./City College) is no longer committed to Penn State, NittanyNetwork.com's Bill Kurelic reports.

"He told me he decommitted," City College Coach George Petrides said Tuesday morning. "He called me and told me that. He said right now it's between Georgia and Florida. He's not visiting Penn State this weekend."

Several other programs including Maryland, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan and Pittsburgh also offered the 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior.

Coxson rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 14 touchdowns this fall while playing as a wildcat quarterback/running back.

RB Joseph Byrd

Cape Coral, FL

Baker H.S.

Scouts Grade: 77

Position Rank: 59

Three-star athlete Joseph Byrd of Baker (Cape Coral, Fla.) has given a Class of 2010 commitment to Arkansas.

Recruited as a cornerback, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Byrd was also offered by Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Florida International, Louisville, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota and Purdue.

He posted a 4.41 40-yard dash, 4.63 20-yard shuttle, 7.66 three-cone drill and 28.5-inch vertical at the Orlando Under Armour Combine following his junior season.

ATH J.J. Whittaker

Oceanside, CA

Oceanside H.S.

Scouts Grade: 76

Position Rank: 111

Cornerback J.J. Whittaker of Oceanside, Calif., has decommitted from Arizona and given a commitment to San Diego State for the Class of 2010.

Whittaker is the fifth Oceanside player from the Pirates' CIF State Bowl Division I championship team to chose the Aztecs, including linebacker Jake Fely, safety Rene Siluano, cornerback King Holder and defensive tackle Kenneth Galea'i.

He also has offers from Washington, Washington State, Texas A&M and New Mexico State.

On offense, Whittaker rushed for 627 yards and five touchdowns, and caught 49 passes for 770 yards and six scores.

K Justin Castor

Arvada, CO

Arvada West H.S.

Scouts Grade: 72

Position Rank: 38

Kicker Justin Castor of West (Arvada, Colo.) has re-opened his commitment to Kansas for the Class of 2010 following the coaching change.

Castor, who averaged 43 yards per punt as a senior, is now considering Colorado, Arizona State and Wyoming.

S Ty Scott

Palmetto, FL

Palmetto H.S.

Scouts Grade: 40

Ty Scott of Palmetto, Fla., has committed to Western Kentucky for the Class of 2010.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Scott chose the Hilltoppers over offers from Iowa State, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue and Michigan State.

Western Kentucky now has seven pledges.

TE Zach Swanson

Katy, TX

Katy H.S.

Scouts Grade: 77

Position Rank: 22

Three-star tight end Zach Swanson (Katy, Texas) has Miami on top of his list following an unofficial visit to campus, ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTheU.com reports.

"I really, really like Miami," Swanson said. "The tour really got me. I didn't know it is such a small school. You hear about their success of the football program and you think it is a big school, but its not. The campus is really beautiful and the palm trees are nice. You don't see that stuff in Texas at all."

The former Stanford verbal is also considering Baylor, Illinois, Colorado, Virginia and Rice. California, Arkansas and Oklahoma State have also offered.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound senior earned honorable mention all-district recognition for his performance this fall.

DE Malcolm Strong

Stone Mountain, GA

Stephenson H.S.

Scouts Grade: 40

Cards snare another Stephenson product in Malcolm Strong

A 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end, Malcolm Strong of Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) has chosen Louisville.

He also considered Kansas State, Troy, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

DE Ricardo Williams

Homestead, FL

Homestead Senior H.S.

Scouts Grade: 45

Pass-rush specialist Ricardo Williams (Homestead, Fla.) is currently is considering Kansas State among three finalists along with Syracuse and Florida International, according to ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTheU.com.

Williams broke out this fall, registering 48 tackles and 13 sacks in just nine games.

Prior to his junior season, he posted an electronically-timed 5.03 40-yard dash, 4.82 20-yard shuttle and 28-inch vertical.