National Outlook

The first year of the Dan Hawkins era at Colorado has produced only one win. It is clear that the Buffaloes need a talent infusion and Hawkins has criss-crossed the nation in an attempt to find quality players.

He has gotten commitments from recruits that live as far east as Pennsylvania and as far west as California. This week, Colorado added two more commitments; one is a top in-state product and one is from SEC country.

Five-star offensive tackle Ryan Miller of Littleton, Colo. visited Notre Dame for the UCLA game and was extremely impressed. But the 6-foot-8, 280-pounder grew up a Buffalo fan and last week he announced his intention to attend Colorado. Miller is rated as the No. 3 tackle prospect in America by and had offers from just about every school in America before narrowing his list to Colorado and Notre Dame.

Lagrone Shields from Memphis had committed to Texas Tech in September. That commitment did not last long. After making a trip to Boulder to see the Buffaloes play Baylor, the 6-foot-2, 238-pound defensive end decided to commit to Colorado. In his first nine games of the season, Shields had 13 sacks and 93 tackles. He is the second defensive end from the south to commit to Colorado this season, following Conrad Obi of Loganville, Ga.

Down in the Peach State, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had a very successful week as they beat Miami and secured commitments from two talented prospects. Albert Rocker of Harvest, Ala. committed to Tech last week before he embarked on his trip to Atlanta for the Miami game. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Rocker is playing defensive end for Sparkman High School, but Georgia Tech plans to convert him to a weak side linebacker. He also considered Louisville, South Carolina, and Purdue.

Joining Rocker at the Georgia Tech/Miami game was Detroit athlete Cedric Everson. On Sunday, during a meeting with head coach Chan Gailey, Everson gave his pledge to the Yellow Jackets. The 6-foot-1, 177-pounder is ranked as the No. 20 cornerback prospect by, but he is not content just playing defense in college. He is hoping to get a shot at wide receiver though he is playing running back this year for Mumford High School. He selected Georgia Tech over UCLA, Penn State, and Louisville. Everson has stated that there is still a possibility that he may visit UCLA.

Another southern school, South Carolina, picked up a pair of commitments this weekend. Sumter, S.C. offensive lineman had committed to Virginia Tech in July. He opened his recruitment back up a couple of weeks ago and while on an official visit to South Carolina this past weekend, he committed to Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks. The 6-foot-6 Nunn will surely add to his 280 pounds, which will give him all the physical attributes needed to be a successful tackle in the SEC. Nunn had just received an offer from Georgia, which he considered before choosing South Carolina.

Last week, three-star wide receiver Matt Clements from Naples, Fla. told that if all went well on his visit to Columbia this past weekend, he would probably commit to the Gamecocks. Things must have gone okay for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Clements because on Monday night he gave his commitment to the Gamecock staff. The three-star prospect had offers from West Virginia and Pittsburgh. Ohio State offered early, but Clements eliminated the Buckeyes when their interest began to cool.

During the past few weeks rumors emerged that New Kensington, Pa. wide receiver Toney Clemons was close to committing to Michigan. This past weekend, he did. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Clemons uses his 4.45 speed and tremendous leaping ability to stretch the field and make circus catches. He is the No. 8 wide receiver in the class of 2007 and has been given a four-star rating by Clemons had offers from dozens of programs, including Pittsburgh, Colorado, and Tennessee.

T-Bob Hebert, the son of former Saint and Falcon quarterback Bobby Hebert, was born in Louisiana but has spent most of his life in the Atlanta area. Next fall,'s No. 6 center will return to his Cajun roots when he enrolls at LSU. Hebert has always been a Tiger fan and has attended several games at Death Valley. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder picked LSU over Georgia and Florida.

Rufus Williams of Titusville, Fla. committed to Ole Miss back in June. Just five days later, he backed off that commitment. Last week, the three-star defensive end selected another SEC program: Tennessee. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Williams has already accumulated 75 tackles and 13 sacks so far this season. He unofficially visited Tennessee in September for the Florida game and will make his official visit on December 10th. Alabama, Auburn, and West Virginia were some of the other schools vying for his services.

Both Oregon schools picked up commitments during the past week. The Ducks landed three-star tight end David Paulson of Auburn, Wash. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Paulson is more of a receiver than a blocker at this stage of his career. With a 3.9 GPA, he was courted by many fine academic schools and he picked Oregon over Stanford and Cal.

Oregon State got a commitment from 6-foot-2, 220-pound Will Darkins of Lake Oswego, Ore. Darkins rushed for 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, but the Beavers recruited him as a middle linebacker, where he was a second-team all-state selection last year. His only other offers at this time were from San Jose State and Portland State. Top Stories