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Tuesday, June 11
 
OL Sevin to LSU; WR Ross to Oklahoma

By Bill Hodge
FANSonly.com

The LSU Tigers now have three verbals from Top 150 football prospects, while UCLA has added a promising basketball center.

Top 150 offensive lineman Jerry Sevin of River Ridge-John Curtis, La., has committed to LSU over 36 offers, led by Florida, Ohio State, UCLA, Alabama, Indiana, Baylor, Clemson, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Tulane, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado, California and Mississippi.

Oklahoma has a commitment from receiver Tristen Ross of Shreveport-Evangel Christian, La., over offers from Tennessee, Texas and Texas Tech. He also had interest in Colorado, Florida State and Michigan. The Sooners recently gained a commitment from offensive lineman Brian Zimpel of Broken Arrow, Okla.

The Texas Longhorns pledged linebacker Scott Derry of Pearland, Texas, over Baylor, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Purdue and Texas A&M. The Longhorns recently gained a verbal from defensive lineman Thomas Marshall of Dallas-Bishop Dunne, Texas, over offers from Georgia Tech, Baylor and Arizona.

Arkansas pledged defensive lineman Derek Moore of Fort Smith-Southside, Ark., over Tennessee, UCLA, Tulsa, Nebraska and Iowa.

Mississippi State has a commitment from defensive back Chris Swain of Stone Mountain, Ga./Jones County CC, Miss.

Tennessee pledged linebacker John Poe of Covington, Tenn./Coffeyville CC, Kan., who originally signed with the Vols in Class 2001.

Arizona State has a commitment from kicker Jesse Ainsworth of Thousand Oaks, Calif., over interest in UCLA and Colorado.

The USC Trojans have commitments from twin defensive backs Ryan Ting and Brandon Ting of Union City-Logan, Calif.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of over 2395 Prospects/Commitments/By Conference. Players will be added and updated daily.

Class 2003 Top 150:
Quarterbacks and offensive linemen lead the early list of Top 150 Prospects. Sixteen Top 150 prospects have already committed (List).

"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
"Big Ten States": Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Pa, Ohio, Mich, Minn, Wis.
"Big 12 States": Okla, Missouri, Iowa, Neb, Kansas, Colo, Texas.
"SEC States": Florida, Tenn, SoCarol, Kty, Georgia, Ala, Ark, Miss, La.
"ACC States": Florida, NoCarol, SoCarol, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia.
"Pac-10 States": California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington.
"Big East States": Florida, Pa, New Jersey, New York, Mass, Va, WVa.

Class 2002 Commitments/Signings: School/Conference Lists.
Class 2002 Rankings: Top 25 Classes.
Class 2002 Top 150 Prospects: List.

Football Commitments/Signings
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003: Database/Commitments/Conference.
Class 2002: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2001: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2000: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1999: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1998: Database.
Class 1997: Database.

BASKETBALL

Top News:
Center Ryan Hollins of Pasadena-John Muir, Calif., who received his requested release from Saint Louis, announced for UCLA shortly after indicating he was headed to Washington. Lorenzo Romar, now new coach at Washington, had originally signed Hollins for the Billikens.

Lafayette signed forward Miran Omanovic of Mostar, Bosnia/Philadelphia-Shipley School, Pa.; forward Andrei Capusan of Bucharest, Romania/St. John's College High School, Wash, D.C.; and guard Pat Betley of Haddonfield-Haddonfield Memorial, N.J.

Sixteen of the top men's basketball players 18-years-old or younger have been named finalists for 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team (Story).

Top Available Players:
Top 100 forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill., has decommitted from DePaul. Starting sophomore forward Shane Power of Crown Point, Ind., who is transferring from Iowa State, is considering Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, New Mexico, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Sophomore forward J.C. Mathis of Brooklyn-John F. Kennedy, N.Y., will transfer from Virginia. Sophomore guard Wesley Stokes of Long Beach-Poly, Calif., is transferring from Missouri. Starting sophomore forward Odartey Blankson of Country Club Hills-Hillcrest, Ill., is transferring from Marquette. Guard Antonio Lawrence of Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial, Calif., is unsigned.

Class 2003:
Search the early list of over 440 Prospects/Commitments. Players will be added and updated daily.

Class 2003 Top 100:
Forward/guard LeBron James leads the early list of Top 100 Prospects. Twenty Top 100 prospects have already committed (List).

Class 2002:
Duke-bound J.J. Redick led the East past West, 138-107, in the 2002 McDonald's All American Game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Stories/Rosters for 2002, 2001, 2000).

Class 2002 Top 25 Classes:
Duke led the Top 25 Classes.

Class 2002 Top 100:
Ninety-five prospects verballed or signed from the Class 2002 Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (5): Forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J. (NBA); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA), forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill. (decommitted from DePaul); and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College). Committed Top 100 prospects not signed (1): Forward Marquis Kately of San Francisco-Riordan, Calif. (California/not qualified/will attend prep school).

NBA 2002 Draft:
Five high school/prep school prospects have chosen to enter the draft: Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington; forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine, who signed with Missouri, but did not qualify.

Eight junior college players opted for the draft: Forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala., once signed with Alabama; guard Cordell Billups of Pierce CC, Wash.; forward/center Lee Benson of Brown Mackie CC, Kan.; center Rashid Hardwick of Eastern Oklahoma State CC, Okla.; Kei Madison of Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla., once linked to Indiana, Alabama and Mississippi State; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif., once signed with Missouri and later committed to Fresno State; and Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., once signed with Memphis.

Last season, six high school players declared for the draft, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. The 2002 draft will be held on June 26 and players without agents have until June 19 to withdraw. Stoudemire may be a late lottery pick, while Cooke and Collins are probable second-round choices. Roy and Rinkevicius are not expected to be drafted. Junior college prospects Woods and Benson may go in the first round.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/ Women: Database.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Class Rankings/Women: Database.

Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at FANSonly.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to FANSonly.com's Recruiting Page.




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