|Monday, July 29
Updated: July 30, 11:20 AM ET
Borseti to N.D.; Michigan adds two pledges
By Bill Hodge
The Fighting Irish, Michigan and Texas have gained promising football commitments.
The Michigan Wolverines pledged offensive lineman/tight end Adam Kraus of New Orleans-Brother Martin, La., over Colorado, Florida and LSU; and linebacker Jim Presley of Highland-Milford, Mich., over Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Maryland, among others.
The California Bears have a commitment from offensive/defensive lineman Leon Drummer of Berkeley-St. Mary's Prep, Calif., over Washington and Colorado, among others. The Bears added four signees for this fall: linebacker Ryan Estes of Modesto-Downey, Calif./Modesto CC, Calif.; receiver Junior Brignac of Reseda-Cleveland, Calif., who originally signed with Washington as a prep and then played six years in the Atlanta Braves farm system; running back Steve Torgersen of Palo Alto, Calif./Foothill CC, Calif.; and receiver Joe Crenshaw of Inglewood-Gardena, Calif./El Camino CC, Calif.
Vanderbilt pledged defensive back Johnny Edwards of Fayetteville-Starr's Mill, Ga., over Duke, Stanford and Wake Forest. The Commodores recently gained defensive lineman Greg Jacobs of Midlothian/Fork Union MA, Va., over interest from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Boston College, Maryland, UConn and Virginia.
Iowa has added two SEC transfers: offensive lineman David Walker of Lauderdale Lakes-Boyd Anderson, Fla./Auburn; and running back Ray Perkins of Fort Lauderdale-Dillard, Fla./Vanderbilt/Southeast Missouri State. Both will redshirt the 2002 season.
East Carolina has a pledge from quarterback/defensive back Pierre Parker of Wilson-Beddingfield, N.C. The Pirates recently gained offensive lineman Matthew Brim of Belews Creek-Carver, N.C., over interest from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Top 100 guard Gary Ervin of Brooklyn-Robeson, N.Y./Notre Dame Academy, Mass., is headed to Mississippi State over offers from Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Memphis, Providence and Rutgers.
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, first round to Phoenix); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA, not drafted); and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College).
Final team selections made for 2002 USA Men's Junior National Team (Story).
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).
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. 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.
Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.