National Outlook

With both college and high school teams preparing for their impending seasons and with a new contact period ready to begin on September 1, there were just a handful of commitments this past week. However, one five-star prospect made his decision to spend his college years in the Swamp.

Defensive tackle Torrey Davis of Seffner, Fla. selected the University of Florida last week, ending a turbulent last few weeks of his recruitment. In late July, stories began circulating that the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder had committed to Florida State. Davis denied the rumor and attended the Friday Night Lights combine in Gainesville where he saw the campus and got a good feel for the Gator coaches and players. He used his exceptional quickness to record 60 tackles and nine sacks last fall. Davis is rated as the No. 2 defensive tackle in this year‘s recruiting class by Scout.com.

Tennessee received their 12th commitment of the year when cornerback C.J. Fleming picked the Volunteers this week. The Highland Springs, Va. native has great speed as well as an eagerness to deliver a big hit, despite carrying just 172 pounds on his 5-foot-11 frame. Fleming took several unofficial visits this summer and his journey to Knoxville sold him on Tennessee. North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia were some of the other programs that he was considering.

At some point during his college career, Fleming may be asked to cover wide receiver Marcus Green. That is because last week the three-star prospect from De Kalb, Miss. announced that he will attend another SEC school: Mississippi State. Fleming currently plays quarterback at Kemper County High School, and though he will probably play receiver in college, it is possible that he could become a safety. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Green was a star at the Scout.com combine in Oxford this past April. His performance earned him offers from Ole Miss and Southern Miss, as well as the one from Mississippi State.

Pat Fitzgerald took over as head coach at Northwestern in July following the untimely death of Randy Walker. Since that time the Wildcats have added seven commitments to the four that Walker had previously secured. Two came this past week in defensive tackle Josh Rooks and running back Drake Dunsmore. Rooks, who hails from Holland, Mich., stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 245 pounds. He had been receiving interest from Indiana, Purdue, and Northern Illinois. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Dunsmore resides in Overland Park, Kan. He picked Northwestern over Arizona State, Kansas State, Tulsa, and Colorado State.

After getting a commitment from quarterback Ryan Mallet, the Michigan Wolverines seem intent on getting him some receivers. This week they received a pledge from Tarrant, Ala. wide out Marquis Maze. He became the third wide receiver to commit since Mallett came aboard in April. The diminutive Maze relies on his blazing speed to shake loose from defenders and is also an accomplished kick returner. Though he claims to be totally committed to Michigan, he still may take visits to Southern Miss, Miami, Tennessee, and Auburn.

Last week, offensive lineman Garth Gerhart of Norco, Calif. gave a commitment to Colorado. This week, his Norco high school line mate Adam Tello did the same. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Tello said that the Buffaloes had been his leader for more than a month. He had stated that he would take an official visit to Boulder in the fall before making his decision. But when Gerhart came back from an unofficial visit and committed to Dan Hawkins and company, Tello decided to follow suit. Tello plays guard at Norco and will probably do the same at CU. Arizona, Boston College, and Washington had also offered the three-star prospect.

Three-star safety Curtis Thomas of Houston this week became the 20th recruit to commit to Kansas State this year. In January, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Thomas worked out at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio and caught the attention of many programs around the country. Thomas had 86 tackles and four interceptions as a junior. He chose the Wildcats over Indiana, Nebraska, and Baylor.

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