National Outlook

It has been more than a week since signing day and there is still no word from Vidal Hazelton.

Both USC and Penn State continue to wait. Vidal's father Dexter told Scout.com that the Hazelton family has "had some very good talks" about the situation. There are reports that Vidal will travel back to his home on Staten Island from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia to further discuss the matter with his parents and a decision may come this weekend.

Because USC never received a valid letter of intent from Hazelton, USC dropped back down to the second spot in the latest Scout.com team recruiting rankings. The Florida Gators are once again on top, though their stay there may be very short if Hazelton does indeed sign with the Trojans. If he were to sign with Penn State it is likely that the rankings will not change as it does not appear that the Lions would be able to jump Notre Dame for the fifth position.

When Hazelton does decide, South Carolina lineman Clifton Geathers will be the only unsigned player on Scout.com's Hot 100. South Carolina and Georgia are two of the schools he is considering if he is able to qualify. There is a strong possibility that he may end up prepping at Hargrave next year in an effort to become eligible for the 2007 recruiting class. Geathers's brother is a member of the Cincinnati Bengals and his father played for the Buffalo Bills. His uncle, Jumpy Geathers, played defensive line for 12 years in the NFL with the Saints, Redskins, Falcons, and Broncos.

Hazelton's teammate at Hargrave, Keiland Williams, also did not sign on February 1. Unlike Hazelton, it did not take him that long to reach a final decision. Last Friday, after again considering USC and Ole Miss, Williams signed with LSU. Williams had committed to the Tigers in late January, but had some questions about that choice on signing day. Two days later, those questions were answered and he officially signed on with the Tigers.

As the 2006 recruiting season ends, the 2007 season has already begun and two of Notre Dame's biggest rivals secured commitments from members of the junior class. On signing day, linebacker Chris Galippo of Servite High School in Anaheim became USC's first commit for 2007. Galippo is rated as a five-star prospect on Scout.com's initial junior rankings. Many Irish fans have seen his video and know that he has great lateral movement and hits like a truck. Galippo visited Notre Dame for the Junior Day on January 14, but USC was his top choice and his recruitment ended when Pete Carroll offered him a scholarship on February 1.

Michigan also got a jump start on 2007 recruiting as they received a commitment from fullback Vince Helmuth. At 6-2, 252-pounds it is also possible that Helmuth could grow into a defensive tackle. Wolverine head coach Lloyd Carr offered a scholarship to Helmuth at Michigan's Junior Day in January and the Saline, MI native accepted on the spot.

Head coach Ed Orgeron capped off his first year at Ole Miss by putting together a class ranked No. 15 by Scout.com and has gotten off to a great start for the class of 2007. The Rebels already have four junior commitments in running back Robert Elliot, running back Jermain Griffin, linebacker Stevan Ridley, and four-star linebacker Chris Strong. All of these recruits are from the state of Mississippi. Griffin and Strong have won three consecutive state titles for South Panola High School in Batesville.

Clemson closed the 2006 recruiting season in a big way by shocking everyone and signing five-star running back C.J. Spiller. By that time, their 2007 recruiting was well under way. Like Ole Miss, Clemson also has four commitments from their home state. The top prospect in the group is five-star quarterback Willy Korn. The native of Duncan committed to the Tigers last August, before even entering his junior year of high school. He joins Pat Bostick, Ryan Mallett, Josh Nesbitt, and Jimmy Clausen as the five-star quarterbacks on Scout.com's junior rankings.


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