This past week, the now 290-pound Iweka gave a verbal commitment to Washington head football coach Tyrone Willingham, becoming the earliest commit in the history of Washington football. Iweka still plays basketball for Seattle's Rainier Beach High School and is considered a two-star hoops prospect by Scout.com. But his increased size, coupled with his outstanding athletic ability, has propelled him to four-star status on the gridiron. Iweka has played on both offense and defense, but was recruited as a defensive end by Washington.
Despite reneging on one verbal commitment, Iweka stated that he is firm in his decision to attend Washington, as staying close to home was a major factor in his decision. He also said that he is unsure at this time whether he will try out for the Husky basketball team as a walk-on.
On March 2nd, Columbus, GA offensive lineman Antwane Greenlee told Ryan Jordan of Scout.com that Georgia was his favorite school. Those feelings did not last long. After visiting Florida State for their Pro Day, Greenlee committed to the Seminoles on March 16 th. He was scheduled to visit Mississippi State this weekend, but he now will attend Florida State's Junior Day instead. Auburn, along with Georgia and Mississippi State, had also offered the 6-5, 300 pound Greenlee.
Greenlee was not the only Georgia resident to decide this week that he would leave the state in 2007. Tight end Bailey Woods of Marietta chose Auburn after visiting for their A-Day Game last Saturday. Despite catching just three passes last season, Bailey had received offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Duke, and Georgia Tech. These offers are a testament to his solid blocking skills. Bailey has outstanding technique and desire, and once he adds more size and strength to his 6-4, 221-pound frame, he will become an even more devastating blocker.
Another week, another two Texas commitments. This past week was ‘tight end week', as both recruits play that position. On March 20th, Ahmard Howard became the thirteenth player from the class of 2007 to commit to the Longhorns. Howard received an offer from Texas two weeks ago and after visiting the campus and watching a practice, he decided that Austin was where he wanted to be. He had also received offers from Oklahoma State and Nebraska.
The fourteenth recruit to chose Texas was Zack Pianalto of Springdale, AR. The 6-4, 210-pound tight end spent last year catching passes from Scout.com's No. 1-ranked quarterback Mitch Mustain at Springdale High School. Despite the addition of former Springdale coach Gus Malzahn to the Arkansas staff and the recent influx Springdale players on the Razorback roster, Arkansas never offered Pianalto a scholarship. His only other offer was from Tulsa, though he was getting interest from some SEC and Big 12 schools. Texas would seem to be set at tight end as Pianalto and Howard will join incoming freshman Britt Mitchell and Greg Smith on the Longhorn roster.
A few weeks ago, while Texas was cleaning up at their Junior Day, Texas A&M snuck in and got a commitment from one of the state's top running backs in Bradley Stephens. This week, the Aggies countered the Longhorns by securing the commitment of quarterback Brandon Williams from Beaumont, TX. With the likes of Ryan Mallett, John Chiles, and G.J. Kinne, as well as several others, this is a stellar year for quarterbacks in the state of Texas and because of this Williams has flown a bit under the radar screen. However, he was starting to attract interest from around the Big 12, and when A&M offered on Tuesday, he accepted. Williams becomes the fifth Texas A&M commit for 2007.
Last summer, Matt Szymanski committed to A&M to become the first kicker in the class of 2007 to commit to a school. This week, Kansas State received kicker commitment number 2 as Josh Cherry of McCook, NE pledged to the Wildcats. Cherry had been considering Nebraska along with Kansas State. But Jordan Congdon had a very good freshman season for Nebraska in 2005, so the Huskers are not in the market for a kicker this year. Cherry will join McCook teammate Tony Purvis in Manhattan, as Purvis signed with Kansas State in February.
Warren Central High School in Indianapolis has won three straight Indiana state titles and has two four-star junior prospects in safety Jeremy Finch and running back Darren Evans. However, Jeff Boyd became the first Warrior to make a college decision when he chose Kentucky late last week. Boyd has played both defensive tackle and defensive end in high school. As he puts on weight in college, he will most likely line up on the inside of the Wildcat defensive line.
Thursday night, star cornerback prospect Gary Gray chose the Gamecocks of South Carolina over Notre Dame. The Columbia, SC native recently attended many of South Carolina's spring practices and knows many of the current Gamecocks. Gray's decision may have an affect on a few other recruits, including his teammate at Richland Northeast High School, Mark Barnes, and his good friend, Spring Valley lineman Quinton Richardson.