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Quinn, Samardzija choose Notre Dame

By Bill Hodge

Top 150 quarterback Brady Quinn of Dublin-Coffman, Ohio, and touted receiver Jeff Samardzija of Valparaiso, Ind., have committed to Notre Dame.

Quinn chose the Irish over Michigan. Others were Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville, South Carolina and Tennessee, among many others. He passed for 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. Quinn's prep teammate, outstanding receiver Chinedum Ndukwe, recently picked Notre Dame over Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa and Maryland. Samardzija, who had 59 receptions as a junior, chose ND over Purdue, Northwestern and Indiana.

More Football News:

UConn pledged offensive lineman Brian Kersmanc of Lititz-Manheim Township, Pa.

Big Ten:
Michigan State has a verbal from running back/linebacker Jehuu Caulcrick of Clymer, N.Y., over Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

Big 12:
Colorado has a verbal from offensive lineman Corey Clark of Spring Branch-Smithson Valley, Texas, over Baylor, Texas Tech and Arizona.

Receiver Tristen Ross of Sheveport-Evangel, La., who recently decommitted from Oklahoma, is now considering the Sooners, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, Clemson and Texas Tech.

Big East:
Quarterback Matt Ryan of Philadelphia-William Penn Charter, Pa., picked Boston College over Purdue and Iowa. BC recently pledged tight end Trey Koziol of Hinsdale-Hinsdale Central, Ill., over Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana and Michigan State; and defensive back/receiver Ryan Glasper of Southington, Conn., over Syracuse and Rutgers.

North Carolina State has a commitment from defensive lineman Chad Green of Rocky Mount-Northern Nash, N.C., over Clemson, North Carolina and East Carolina.

Defensive lineman Jeromy Jones of Marietta-Wheeler, Ga., pledged to Wake Forest.

Maryland pledged offensive lineman Brock Choate of Williamsport-Loyalsock Township, Pa., over North Carolina State, Clemson and East Carolina.

Clemson has a commitment from receiver Derrick Higgins of Lamar, S.C./Dodge City CC, Kan., who originally signed with the Tigers in Class 2001. Clemson recently pledged offensive lineman Clint LaTray of Allen, Texas, over Tulane, SMU and TCU.

Punter Coby Freeby of Fort Worth-Christian, Texas, committed to the LSU Tigers over interest from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. One of the nation's top quarterbacks, Robert Lane of Monroe-Neville, La., recently decided on the Tigers. Lane, who passed for 2,508 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior, had 60 offers, including Florida, Auburn, Colorado and Mississippi. He is also considered a top baseball prospect.

SMU has commitments from defensive lineman Desmond Jones of Dallas-Carter, Texas, and linebacker Zach Hall of Irving, Texas. SMU recently gained offensive lineman Justin Boren of Colleyville-Heritage, Texas, over interest from Missouri and Texas A&M.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of Prospects/Commitments/By Conference.
Quarterbacks lead the early list of Top 150 Prospects/Commitments.
More players projected to make a major impact: Super Prospects.

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


Top News:
Top 100 center James Lang of Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala., committed to Louisville over Alabama, UAB, Memphis, Cincinnati, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Purdue, among many others. He averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. Forward/center Nouha Diakite of Athis-Mons, France/Barton County CC, Kan., recently picked the Cardinals over interest from Alabama, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Top 100 forward Sean Banks of Oradell-Bergen Catholic, N.J., committed to Memphis over Pittsburgh, Maryland, UConn, Seton Hall, West Virginia, North Carolina State and Rutgers. The Tigers recently gained forward Michael Ford of Huntsville-Johnson, Ala./Notre Dame Prep, Mass., over Alabama, UConn and UAB; and Kendrick Perkins, the nation's top center prospect from Beaumont-Ozen, Texas, over Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Miami, Georgia Tech, Kansas and Kentucky, among many others. He averaged 24 points and 14 rebounds as a junior.

Top 100 forward Tyrone Nelson of Hempstead, Texas, has chosen Baylor over Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. He averaged 29 points and 18 rebounds as a junior.

Guard Louie McCroskey of Bronx-St. Raymond's, N.Y., committed to Syracuse over Rutgers.

Top 100 center Darryl Watkins of Paterson-Paterson Catholic, N.J., is now considering Villanova, Kentucky and Maryland. Others are Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers and St. John's. Prep teammate Marquis Webb, a top 100 guard, is looking at Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Fordham.

Top 100 center Major Wingate has transferred from Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala., to Buford-North Gwinnett, Ga., for his senior season. Wingate, who averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds as a junior, is considering Alabama, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.

Guard Steve Hailey of Worcester Academy, Mass., committed to Boston College.

Guard Brett Melton of Mahomet-Seymour, Ill., is transferring from Illinois to University of San Diego.

Butler has a pledge from center Jamie Smalligan of Grand Rapids-East Grand Rapids, Mich.

Central Michigan pledged forward/guard Eddie Spencer of Muskegon Heights, Mich.

Eastern Michigan has a pledge from guard Derek VanSolkema of Grand Rapids-Southern Christian, Mich.

Class 2003:
Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments.
Forward/guard LeBron James leads the early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments.
More players projected to make a major impact: Super Prospects.

Class 2002:
Duke led the Top 25 Classes.

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.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
CollegeSports: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100/Women: Database.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/ Women: Database.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Top Classes/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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