WIR: Loucks good fit for Texas Tech

Quarterback Stefan Loucks (Little Rock/Pulaski) is on pace for more eye-popping numbers this season.

Coming off back-to-back seasons of throwing 43 touchdowns passes, Loucks already has tossed 21 touchdown passes in five games this season, and his average of 362 pass yards per game ranks him third in the country, according to Maxpreps.com.

Unlike most high school quarterbacks who play only in the shotgun or spread, Loucks has run a variety of formations and can make all the throws.

He also has the luxury of having running back Broderick Green, who has made a verbal commitment to USC, with him in the backfield to keep defenses honest.

And don't expect his numbers to fall off too much at the next level. Loucks has given a verbal commitment to Texas Tech, where he'll play in a wide-open passing offense.

Loucks will lead his 5-0 Pulaski Academy squad against 4-1 White Hall on Friday (7 p.m. local time).

Illinois' D.C. Pipeline

Quarterback/athlete Nathan Bussey (Washington, D.C./Dunbar), teammate of ESPN 150 wide receiver Arrelious Benn, gave a verbal commitment to Illinois this week.

Dunbar alum Vontae Davis signed with Illinois last year, as did Washington, D.C.-Woodson quarterback Edward McGee.

Give a nod to Illinois' second-year offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Locksley, who attended Ballou High School in D.C. and coached locally at Towson (1992) and Maryland (1997-2002), for recruiting in his former stomping grounds.

Both Benn and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Marvin Austin (Washington, D.C./Ballou) have taken official visits to Illinois because of Locksley's influence.

Locksley, who was running backs coach for LaMont Jordan at Maryland, coached with Ron Zook at Florida and followed him to Illinois.

Canada, eh?

Defensive end/linebacker Tyson Pencer from Sands Secondary school in Delta, British Columbia, gave a verbal commitment to Washington State this week.

Pencer is the second Canadian to verbal to a Division I program, joining London, Ontario, prospect Vaughn Martin, a post-graduate student at Milford Academy who again has committed verbally to Michigan State after failing to qualify after signing last year.


Class of 2008 offensive lineman Matt Kalil (Anaheim/Servite), younger brother of USC senior center Ryan Kalil, gave a verbal commitment to the Trojans.

Kalil joins high school teammate and top Class of '07 linebacker Chris Galippo as USC verbals.

Florida, with defensive back Justin Grant (Saint Augustine, Fla./Nease); Tennessee, with cornerback Dennis Rogan (Knoxville/Fulton); Rutgers, with defensive lineman Al-Ghafaar Lane (East Orange, N.J./Paterson Catholic); and Kansas State, with offensive lineman Jake Roepke (Royal Valley, Kan./Hoyt), were among the schools receiving in-state verbals this week.

Henry Gola is the recruiting editor for ESPN.com