National Outlook

Georgia Tech's great start to the 2006 football season could not have come at a better time. Several key members of this year‘s team will not be around next year, including quarterback Reggie Ball, cornerback Kanny Scott, and perhaps even All-American junior wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

After signing just 14 recruits in February, it became imperative that the 2007 be both deep and talented. So far, so good for Chan Gailey and company as Tech has 18 committed players at this time. Number 18 came aboard last week.

6-foot-4, 260-pound Derrick Morgan is rated as the No. 10 defensive end in America and has been give a four-star rating by The Coatesville, Pa. native was named All-Area by the Philadelphia Inquirer after registering 10 sacks as a junior. Morgan could bulk up and play defensive tackle, but it is likely that Tech will keep him at defensive end so he can more effectively use his athleticism to get to the quarterback. To obtain Morgan's commitment, Georgia Tech had to beat out some heavyweight programs like Penn State, Ohio State, and Miami.

California has also had a very good year on the field. One player that took notice was offensive tackle Sam DeMartinis of Sherman Oaks, Calif. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound DeMartinis committed to Cal after watching their defeat of UCLA this past Saturday. DeMartinis is a four-star prospect that is rated as the No. 7 offensive tackle prospect in the country by He has very good technique in pass protection and will have to develop more of an explosion coming off the ball while run blocking. DeMartinis had narrowed his choices to Cal and Arizona State, but he had received national interest with offers from schools like Clemson, Ole Miss, and Oregon.

Three weeks ago, De Soto, Texas wide receiver Garrick Williams picked Texas A&M. This past week, his teammate, four-star prospect Von Miller did the same. While Williams was a nice get for the Aggies, the 6-foot-2, 211-pound Miller is the jewel. Ranked as the No. 9 middle linebacker recruit by, Miller could also play an outside linebacker position or grow into a defensive end at A&M. He selected the Aggies over Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, and Texas Tech.

Texas A&M may not be done recruiting at De Soto High School. Running back Cyrus Gray and defensive end Tony Jerod are both being recruited by the Aggies. Neither has received an offer at this time, but if they do it is likely that A&M will go to the top of their lists.

Notre Dame recruit Jimmy Clausen has put up ridiculous numbers again this year. Many of his throws have been caught by Sean Wiser, who this week committed to Stanford. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder has caught 33 Clausen tosses for 571 yards and 10 touchdowns while sitting out the second half of most games due to Oaks Christian blowouts. Wiser is also a very good safety prospect that may get some looks on defense as well. Carrying a 3.9 GPA, Wiser had plenty of college options and he chose Stanford over Oregon and Virginia.

Stanford also went half way across the country to get a commitment from Davenport, Iowa offensive lineman Matt Bentler. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Bentler expects to play guard or center for the Cardinal. Both of his brothers are current members of the Army football team and they were the only other school to offer Bentler. Boston College and Northwestern had been monitoring his progress.

Broderick Binns of St. Paul, Minn. knew that he wanted to make his college decision known immediately after his high school season was over. When his Cretin-Durham Hall team lost in the Class 5A playoffs last Friday night, it was suddenly time. On Monday, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Binns announced that he would become an Iowa Hawkeye next fall. He will either see action at defensive end or linebacker at Iowa. Binns was scheduled to make a trip to Arizona State next weekend, but he has cancelled that trip. Minnesota, Iowa State, and Colorado were some of the other schools that extended him a scholarship offer.

Last Thursday, South Carolina picked up commitments from a pair of teammates at First Coast High School in Jacksonville. Cornerback Jamire Williams had received offers from Florida, Tennessee, and Ohio State. Safety Akree Smith had not. But both had gotten one from the Gamecocks and they decided that they would spend their college days together in the Palmetto state. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound Williams is rated as the No. 54 cornerback prospect by while Smith is considered the No. 96 safety in the class of 2007.

Colorado also added two teammates this week. 5-foot-7, 175-pound running back Brian Lockridge and 6-foot-4, 270-pound Matt Bahr of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School committed the Buffalo program on Monday. Lockridge went with Colorado over Boise State while Bahr's other offers came from Wyoming, Colorado State, and San Diego State.

Also, Matt Singletary of San Jose, Calif. became Baylor's 24th commitment of the season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker is the son of former Baylor and Chicago Bear great Mike Singletary. He had been receiving interest from Cal, Michigan, and Oregon though none had offered a scholarship. Top Stories