National Outlook

This past February, Michigan signed just one wide receiver, three-star prospect Greg Mathews. That made landing several quality pass catchers a high priority this recruiting season. And the Wolverines have done just that, getting their fifth receiver pledge of the year when Alhambra, Calif. star Zion Babb committed last week.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Babb is rated as the No. 24 wide receiver in this year's senior class by and caught 54 balls for 919 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. Defensive coordinator Ron English, who scouts California for the Wolverines, was Babb's primary recruiter. English covets Babb's skills as a safety, so there is the possibility that he may play on the defensive side of the ball. Babb also considered California, Nebraska, Arizona, and Oregon.

It appears Michigan is not done at the wide receiver spot. Four-star recruit Tony Clemons has reportedly set up a press conference for this weekend to announce his college choice. Clemons seems to be a heavy Michigan lean now that he has canceled future visits to Pittsburgh and Tennessee after going to Ann Arbor earlier this month.

Auburn and Florida were two of the schools that Lynn Haven, Fla. running back was considering, so it made sense that he would go to their game this past weekend at Auburn. After watching the Tigers' 27-17 victory Saturday night, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder gave his commitment to head coach Tommy Tuberville. The four-star prospect selected Auburn despite the fact that his father was an all-SEC defensive back at Florida. Alabama, Florida State, and LSU were among the dozens of schools that were after Davis.

With Davis now out of the picture, Florida will now concentrate on securing a commitment from either Caleb King or Armando Allen. King is also considering Auburn while Allen is looking at Notre Dame along with Florida.

The Gators did gain a commitment from Panama City, Fla. athlete Bert Reed. Reed currently plays quarterback at Bay Senior High School, but the 6-foot-0, 175-pounder is the No. 31 ranked cornerback prospect by and could also line up as a receiver for Florida. Reed has exceptional speed, though he will have to be given time to develop at a new position on the next level. He selected the Gators over Alabama.

Defensive end Cliff Matthews of Cheraw, S.C. had been leaning towards the University of Georgia. But a few weeks ago, he decided to head down to Columbia to watch South Carolina play Auburn, and his mind was changed. Wowed by the excitement of the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium, and convinced that he could get early playing time with the Gamecocks, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Matthews began thinking about Steve Spurrier's crew. Last week, he committed to South Carolina. The four-star prospect had also planned to visit Clemson, but now that trip will not occur.

Offensive lineman Clyde Yandell of Nease High School in St. Augustine, Fla. has played second fiddle to linemate, USC commit James Wilson, this entire recruiting season. However, Yandell has some really good offers, including Florida, Maryland, and North Carolina State. Last week, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Yandell announced that he will play his college ball in the ACC for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The three-star recruit played mostly defensive tackle until this season, when the coaches at Nease determined that his size and skill set make him better suited for the offensive line. Georgia Tech sees Yandell as an offensive tackle.

The Lawrence family of Shawnee Mission, Kan. may have some mixed emotions over the next four years. Tyler Lawrence is a quarterback that signed with Kansas in February. Last week, his brother Blake, a three-star linebacker, announced that he will attend Big XII North rival Nebraska next fall. At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, Lawrence will probably need a red shirt year to add the weight necessary to play linebacker at Nebraska. While Kansas was his other finalist, he also had offers from Colorado, Missouri, and Texas Tech.

It has been a rough start to the Dan Hawkins era at Colorado. But this week, they clubbed Texas Tech and picked up three commitments, including one from three-star safety Anthony Wright of Compton, Calif.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Wright was in Boulder to see the Buffaloes 30-6 beating of the Red Raiders. Wright had named Colorado as his leader this past summer and that held true despite their slow start this season. In 2005, Wright was selected as the all-Moore League running back after rushing for 1,020 yards on just 100 carries. But he will earn his college scholarship on defense, and last year he had 51 tackles and 4 interceptions for Compton High School. Wright picked Colorado over Nebraska, Baylor, and Colorado State.

The other two players that committed to Colorado this past week were offensive lineman Mike Iltis of Riverview, Fla. and quarterback Nick Nelson of Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Lastly, the Georgia Bulldogs received a de-commitment and commitment in one fell swoop. Walter Hill of Gainesville, Ga. reneged on his commitment to the Georgia basketball team and committed to the Georgia football program. Of course, it is possible (and probably likely) that Hill will walk-on to the Bulldog basketball team next winter after playing football in the fall. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Hill is a wide receiver on the gridiron and a shooting guard on the hardwood. Hill had considered South Carolina and Alabama before accepting Georgia's basketball offer back in March. Top Stories