National Outlook

While Louisiana State finished the 2006 recruiting season in the top ten, quarterback was the one position where they came up empty. That made getting at least one signal caller in the class of 2007 a high priority. This week, they accomplished that mission.

Jarrett Lee from Brenham, Texas selected LSU on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Lee started his high school career at Brownwood High School but transferred to Brenham High School this season after his father took over as wide receivers coach. As a junior, Lee ran the spread offense and threw for 3,500 yards and 40 touchdowns. He chose LSU over Nebraska.

While LSU did not sign a quarterback this past February, Lee will still have stiff competition at the position. In 2005, the Tigers inked five-star prospect Ryan Perrilloux. Perrilloux, who red-shirted this season, will have three years of eligibility remaining when Lee arrives in Baton Rouge.

LSU also added another target for their future quarterback. 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver DeAngelo Benton of Bastrop, La. committed to LSU last Thursday immediately after receiving an offer from head coach Les Miles. Benton is not currently on schedule to graduate with his class in 2007, but he claims that he will catch up by taking classes this summer. Florida State, Auburn, Miami, and Colorado were some of the schools that had offered Benton a scholarship before he received the call from LSU.

Mississippi State also received two commitments this past week, bringing their total for the year to 14. Mike Hunt of Meadville, Miss. became No. 13 when he chose the Bulldogs last Thursday. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Hunt intercepted five passes last year and is considered one of the hardest hitting safeties in the south. Mississippi State was his first offer, though Ole Miss, Auburn, and LSU were beginning to show interest.

The next day, commitment No. 14 rolled in when linebacker Karlin Brown picked MSU. At 5-foot-9, 205-pounds, the Tallahassee, Fla. native is small for his position, but he makes up for his lack of size with tremendous speed. In 2005, he ran the first leg on the Lincoln High School 4x100 meter relay team that won the national championship. Brown also possessed scholarship offers from Iowa, Kansas State, South Carolina, and several other schools.

South Carolina did receive a big commitment this week from Atlanta cornerback Addison Williams. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Williams opened a lot of eyes with his performance recently at the Clemson Nike camp. With the highly touted Gary Gray already committed, Williams gives the Gamecocks two quality corner prospects in this class. His other offers were from Georgia Tech, Indiana, Mississippi State, and Tulane.

Up the road from Columbia, the Clemson Tigers also added a commitment this week. Offensive tackle prospect Landon Walker of Ronda, N.C. spurned all of his home state schools when he chose Clemson on Tuesday. Walker had narrowed his choices to Clemson and North Carolina State. He is the third offensive line commitment of the season and they all will be charged with protecting coveted quarterback recruit Willy Korn.

Another offensive lineman that made his college decision was Carson York of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, who selected Oregon on Tuesday. York is noted for his great footwork and his ability to play any of the offensive line positions. The Ducks plan on starting him out at one of the tackle spots. California had recently offered and they were one his finalists along with Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon State, and Washington State.

Three other recruits committed to schools this past week. Rutherford, N.J. cornerback D'Amon Merkerson chose Syracuse; safety Donte Neal of Arlington, Texas picked Wisconsin; and Pittsburgh athlete Lamont Smith will be traveling west to Colorado. Top Stories