National Outlook

In February, Ohio State signed's top rated prospect in running back Chris Wells from Akron. It made sense to wonder whether Wells's arrival in Columbus would make it difficult for the Buckeyes to recruit quality running backs in the class of 2007. Jim Tressel and company certainly have answered that question.

In May, Ohio State received a commitment from speedster Brandon Saine. This past week, they got another running back commitment in Warren, Ohio star Daniel "Boom" Herron. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Herron is rated as a four-star prospect by and he scored 17 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,500 yards as a junior. Despite those numbers, it was not until he attended summer camps throughout the Midwest that the big offers started rolling in. Ohio State ended up beating out Michigan to land Herron's commitment.

The Buckeyes also received a commitment from three-star wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. The Toledo native was a first-team all-state selection after catching 16 touchdown passes and racking up over 1,500 receiving yards during the 2005 season. Sanzenbacher saw his recruitment take off after securing a seat on the Ted Ginn bus tour. That led to offers from Ohio State and Iowa, as well as several MAC schools.

Ohio State's chief rival gained a commitment this week when four-star tight end Steve Watson of Mullen High School in Denver selected Michigan. Watson's father, Steve Sr., was a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos and is now on their coaching staff. Watson is 6-foot-4, 240 pounds and couples his size with solid route-running skills, making him a tough player to defend. Watson picked Michigan over Cal, Arizona State, and UCLA.

Once a year, Watson will look across the field and see the player that threw him the ball during his high school career. That is because on the same day Watson committed to Michigan, Mullen quarterback Clint Brewster, made a pledge to Illinois. Brewster's father, who is also a coach on the Broncos' staff, is an Illinois alum, and while he did not pressure his son, it gave the younger Brewster a comfort level with the program. Brewster also possessed offers from Washington State, Southern Miss, and Mississippi State.

6-foot-3, 285-pound Daryle Ballew, who is a cousin of former Seattle Seahawk great Cortez Kennedy, also committed to Illinois this past week. Ballew is a very strong player that also shows good quickness. has ranked him as the No. 22 defensive tackle prospect in the class of 2007. Ballew picked Illinois over Boston College.

While the Eagles lost out on Ballew, three other prospects did commit to Boston College this past week. Three-star Lawrenceville, N.J. athlete Devon Ramsay had offers from Vanderbilt, Syracuse and Purdue before deciding on the Eagles. The 6-foot-2, 242-pound Ramsay played linebacker at Lawrenceville Prep, but the Boston College staff recruited him to be a big, physical running back.

When BC runs the ball, Nick Schepsis hopes to be one of the guys opening up holes for Ramsay to run through. Schepsis has played both tackle positions in high school, but BC plans on moving him to one of the interior positions. The 6-foot-4, 281-pounder from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio made the All-Combine team at the Louisville Combine. Wake Forest, Duke, Cicinnati, and West Virginia were some of the other programs that offered Schepsis a scholarship.

The Eagles' other commitment came from Tampa cornerback Michael Peterson. Boston College was his first offer.

Virginia Tech got off to a bit of a slow start this recruiting season, but this week they picked up some serious momentum by obtaining five commitments at their one-day camp. Chris Drager is a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder that could end up playing tight end or defensive end for the Hokies. rates him as a three-star prospect at tight end after catching 17 passes for 265 yards as a junior. On defense, he registered 53 tackles and nine sacks. Stanford, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh were among the other schools that were vying for his services.

At 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, there was little doubt that Blake DeChristopher of Midlothian, Va. has the size to play offensive tackle at the highest level. At the Tidewater Coaches Combine in Norfolk, Va. he also showed the agility and technique necessary to succeed at the position. It definitely caught the eye of the Virginia Tech staff as well as other staffs from around the ACC. This past weekend, the three-star prospect selected Virginia Tech over offers from Maryland, North Carolina, and North Carolina State.

The other recruits that committed to Frank Beamer's crew are defensive end Kwamaine Battle of Bailey, N.C.; tight end Andrew Lanier of Spatranburg, S.C.; and wide receiver Patrick Terry of South Boston, Va.

Penn State picked up commitment No. 8 this week when they received a commitment from defensive end Kevion Latham. Latham had 12.5 sacks and 83 tackles this past season for Page High School in Greensboro, N.C. The 6-foot-3, 234-pounder had offers from several major programs including California, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech.

Finally, Alabama continued a great recruiting run by getting two more commitments to bring their total to 13. Three-star defensive tackle Alfred McCullough selected the Tide over Clemson, South Carolina, and Ole Miss, while Charlotte defensive end Kourtnei Brown was beginning to get looks from Georgia, Clemson and N.C. State. Top Stories