National Outlook

The University of Nebraska hosted six recruits this past weekend and they got to see an exciting victory over Kansas. The Cornhuskers received a commitment from one of the recruits before he left campus and they got another from a player that visited for the week one game against Louisiana Tech.

Jared Glover is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound linebacker out of Bixby, Okla. He had visited Lincoln twice before and he knew that he was going to pledge to the Cornhuskers before he arrived on campus last Friday. Scout.com has Glover rated as the No. 21 linebacker prospect in the nation after he accumulated 91 tackles and had 21 sacks in 2005. Through four games this season, he already has 53 tackles and eight sacks. Glover had recently visited Arkansas and he also had offers from Colorado, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State.

Three-star running back Ray Helu could not stop thinking about Nebraska since returning home from his visit in early September. This past week he decided to end the recruiting process when he committed to the Big Red. The 6-foot-0, 205-pound native of Danville, Calif. rushed for 19 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards as a junior while also catching 30 balls for more than 500 yards. Helu's other offers came from Oregon and BYU.

It was also a big recruiting weekend for Washington State. Their close call against USC paid dividends, as two visitors committed to head coach Bill Doba and his Cougars. 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle B.J. Guerra is a local boy from nearby Moses Lake, Wash. Guerra did not have a scholarship offer from Washington State until Sunday, but when he received the offer, he immediately accepted. His only other offer was from Eastern Washington, but Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington were beginning to show interest.

The other Washington State commit also stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 300-pounds, but he lines up on the other side of the ball. Andrew Roxas of La Canada, Calif. was in Pullman on an official visit and, like Guerra, he committed to the Cougars on Sunday. Roxas was an all-CIF selection as a junior and also won the lineman MVP at the Washington State camp this summer. Roxas has played left tackle at St. Francis High School, though it is not certain which line position he will play at Washington State. Some of the other schools to offer Roxas a scholarship include Colorado, Baylor, and Utah.

Pittsburgh also picked up two commitments this week, including a big one from three-star running back Xavier Stinson from Hollywood, Fla. Though the 5-foot-9, 215-pound Stinson has yet to visit the campus, it is likely that he has some knowledge of the Pittsburgh area. His uncle, Tim Lester, played fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Stinson is also an accomplished wrestler, finishing fifth in the state of Pennsylvania as a junior. The other schools in contention for Stinson were Auburn, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.

Pitt's other commitment is also originally from Florida, though he is currently enrolled at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. Defensive lineman Tommy Duhart attended Florida power Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla. before making his way to Coffeyville. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder will again team up with high school pal Rashaad Duncan, who is a starting defensive tackle for the Panthers. The Pitt staff sees Duhart as a strong side defensive end, so he may be lining up directly next to his good friend. Kansas State also received some consideration from Duhart.

Defensive tackle Andy Maples committed to 1-AA Tennessee-Chattanooga after graduating from West Limestone High School in Lester, Ala. in 2005. But after he failed to qualify, the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder headed west to the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. Since that time, his stock has risen dramatically and this week he committed to Missouri. Maples committed during his official visit this past weekend. He said that he is a firm commitment, but he also said that he may still take a trip to Washington State. Nebraska, Ole Miss, and Texas Tech were other schools in the mix for the four-star prospect.

Peculiar, Mo. running back Derrick Washington had narrowed his choices to Big XII rivals Missouri and Kansas. This week, the three-star recruit chose the home-state Tigers over the neighboring Jayhawks. In 2005, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Washington scored 29 touchdowns, 22 rushing and seven receiving. He also rushed for 1,343 yards on 158 carries. So far this year, in three games he has rushed for 624 yards and 10 touchdowns while scoring twice more on receptions. Colorado State and Michigan State had also extended offers to Washington.

Though he is probably best known as the quarterback that throws the ball to five-star wide receiver prospect Arrelious Benn, Nathan Bussey will earn his college scholarship as a safety. This week, the Washington, D.C. native announced that the scholarship offer that he accepted was the one from Illinois. The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Bussey threw for 37 touchdowns and 2,543 yards at Dunbar High last season, with 16 of those touchdown passes ending up in the hands of Benn. Kent State and Temple were Bussey's only other Division 1A offers, though UCLA and Colorado were keeping tabs on his progress.

6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end Ishmyl Johnson of Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. visited Michigan State this past weekend for the game against Illinois. Johnson was also considering the Illini, so it was a good opportunity to see both teams. Despite the Illinois victory, Johnson committed to the Spartans on Sunday. He becomes Michigan State's 11th commitment of the year.


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