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Flynn to LSU; Miss. St. gets Top 100 forward

By Bill Hodge

The early rush for football commitments gets into high gear, while Mississippi State has pledged one of the nation's top basketball forwards.

The LSU Tigers have a commitment from quarterback Matt Flynn of Tyler-Lee, Texas, over offers from Alabama, Colorado, Purdue, Arizona, Baylor, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Tulane. He passed for 1,650 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior.

California pledged quarterback Cary Dove of Woodland Hills-Taft, Calif., who passed for 3,400 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior. The Bears recently gained receiver Sam DeSa of Danville-Monte Vista, Calif., who caught 65 passes for 1,210 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior.

Washington has a soft commitment from receiver/defensive back Corey Williams of Las Vegas, Nev., over Washington State, UNLV, Arizona and Oregon State.

Iowa State has pledges from quarterback Bret Meyer of Atlantic, Iowa; offensive lineman Tom Schmeling of Atlantic, Iowa; and quarterback Nate Mechaelsen of Blairsburg-Northeast Hamilton, Iowa. The Cyclones recently gained athlete Kurtis Taylor of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Texas A&M has a commitment from tight end Joey Thomas of Austin-Westlake, Texas, over an offer from Missouri; and offensive lineman Kirk Elder of Spring-Klein Oak, Texas, over offers from Baylor, Mississippi, Syracuse, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.

Virginia Tech pledged defensive lineman Barry Booker of Amherst, Va., over interest from East Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.

Defensive lineman Terry Hunter of Wendell-East Wake, N.C., committed to North Carolina over North Carolina State, Tennessee, Georgia and Wake Forest.

Florida has added two seniors for the 2002 squad: offensive lineman Todd Bunce of Bradenton-Southeast, Fla., and defensive lineman MacKenzie Pierre of Miami-Booker T. Washington, Fla.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of over 2450 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. Nineteen 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.

Football Commitments/Signings
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003: Database/Top Prospects/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.


Top News:
Top 100 forward Travis Outlaw of Starkville, Miss., has chosen Mississippi State over Memphis. Others were Louisville, LSU and Alabama. He averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks as a junior.

Class 2004 guard Darryl Garrett of Detroit-Denby, Mich., pledged to Xavier.

Forward Izchak Ohanon of Israel-Hapoel Jersualem, has signed with Saint Louis.

Sophomore center D'or Fischer of Philadelphia-Upper Darby, Pa., is transferring from Northwestern State to West Virginia.

Top Available Players:
Top 100 forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill., has decommitted from DePaul. 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. Center Larry Turner of Milledgeville-Baldwin, Ga./Bridgton Academy, Maine, who signed with Georgia, was not admitted to the school. Turner, who was approved by the NCAA, is now considering UConn, Oklahoma, Indiana and Ohio State. Forward Yaniv Green of Bnei Herzeliya, Israel, is unsigned.

Class 2003:
Search the early list of over 460 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-two 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).

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).

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:
Four high school/prep school prospects have chosen to enter the draft: 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 had until June 19 to withdraw. Stoudemire may be a late lottery pick, while Cooke and Collins are probable second-round choices. Rinkevicius is 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 2004 Men: Database.
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 For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.

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