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Wednesday, July 10
 
Marrero to N.D., Keller to UM, Thompson to A&M

By Bill Hodge
FANSonly.com

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have their first pledge in highly rated running back David Marrero of Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla., over Stanford. Among his 21 offers were ones from Boston College, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina State, Northwestern and Purdue.

Outstanding quarterback Sam Keller of San Ramon-San Ramon Valley, Calif., has chosen Michigan over Notre Dame, Arizona State, Illinois and Kansas State.

Touted defensive lineman/linebacker Ta Ta Thompson of Garland, Texas, has chosen Texas A&M over Texas and Arizona State. Among others were Colorado, Oklahoma, UCLA and West Virginia. The Aggies recently added receiver Tyrell Gatewood of Tyler-Chapel Hill, Texas, over Texas.

More Football News:
Big Ten:
Receiver Devin Jordan of Massillon-Washington, Ohio, is headed to the Ohio State Buckeyes over Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Kentucky and Purdue. The Buckeyes recently gained one of the nation's top tight end prospects in Louis Irizarry of Youngstown-Ursuline, Ohio, over Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma and Michigan, among many others.

Wisconsin has a pledge from receiver/defensive back Johnny White of Pearland, Texas.

Big 12:
Texas has a pledge from defensive back/receiver Steve Richardson of Garland, Texas, over Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida and UCLA.

Colorado pledged running back Daniel Jolly of San Antonio-Marshall, Texas, over offers from Arizona and TCU.

Oklahoma State pledged linebacker Cory Muse of Oklahoma City-Millwood, Okla.

SEC:
Kentucky pledged defensive back Dallas Greer of Pineville-Bell County, Ky., and offensive lineman Ryan Noblet of Indianapolis-Cathedral, Ind.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of 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/Commitments.

"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.

BASKETBALL

Top News:
Forward Nick Stiggers of Van Nuys-Montclair Prep, Calif., is headed to the USC Trojans over interest from California, UCLA and Memphis.

Guard Mike Green of Corvallis-Crescent Valley, Ore., committed to Portland.

Class 2003:
Search the early list of 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/Commitments.

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-six prospects verballed or signed from the Class 2002 Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (4): Forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J. (NBA, not drafted); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA, taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA, not drafted) and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College).

NBA 2002 Draft:
The NBA selected only one high school and a single junior college prospect during the 2002 draft: Center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla., was taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix, while Portland took forward Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., at No. 21 in the first round. Sending a message to inexperienced hopefuls, the NBA passed on three other high school/prep school prospects: forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine. Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington, earlier withdrew his name from the draft. He has not qualified for the Huskies. Seven junior college players who entered the draft were not chosen: forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala.; 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.; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; and forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif. Last season, five of the six high school players who declared for the draft were selected, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. None made an impact during their rookie season.

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 FANSonly.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to FANSonly.com's Recruiting Page.