National Outlook

With less than a week until signing day, schools are looking to fill in their last remaining spots. At this stage of the game, prospects that are committed to other programs are hardly off limits. This past week offered more proof that recruiting is not over until the letter of intent is signed.

Two schools at the center of the action this week were Alabama and Miami. Both schools have hired new coaches since the end of the season and both have new stories to tell.

Defensive end Luther Davis of West Monroe, La. committed to LSU at the Army All-American Game in early January. Since that time, his teammate at West Monroe High School, Will Blackwell, also committed to the Tigers. But two weeks ago, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Davis visited Tuscaloosa with his mother. A home visit by the LSU coaches a few days later did not go well, prompting a de-commit from LSU and a pledge to Alabama the next day. He also considered Oklahoma.

As the Tide was gaining a four-star defensive standout, they were losing a four-star quarterback. Robert Marve of Tampa switched his commitment from Alabama to Miami this week. Marve had committed to Alabama last summer, but opened his recruitment back up after the dismissal of head coach Mike Shula. He visited Alabama on January 12 th and it went well. But after visiting Miami the next weekend, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder committed to the Canes. Interestingly, former Miami quarterback commit Nick Fanuzzi switched to Alabama last week. So in a way, Alabama and Miami wound up trading quarterback recruits.

Miami also picked up three-star cornerback Jared Campbell of Aurora, Colo. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound Campbell had previously committed to Washington but when new head coach Randy Shannon offered him a scholarship, he accepted. His older brother, Calais, is currently a defensive end for the Hurricanes.

Miami also received a re-commitment from safety Damien Berry of Belle Glade, Fla. The four-star prospect committed last summer but took a visit to LSU earlier this month. After having a great time on a trip to Miami this past weekend, his commitment was finalized. Berry is's No. 27 safety prospect in the class of 2007.

The national champion Florida Gators added three more five-star commitments this past week and one was a major de-commit from another school. Defensive end Justin Trattou of Ramsey, N.J. had been a Notre Dame pledge since early June. But Florida head coach Urban Meyer convinced the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder to visit Gainesville, which led to a change from the Irish to the Gators. Trattou is No. 33 on's Hot 100 list and their No. 4 defensive end.

Safety Major Wright was the next five-star prospect to become a Gator. The star at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is the No. 4 safety recruit in America according to and is No. 43 on their Hot 100 list. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Wright is best known for his impressive hitting ability, but he also possesses good ball skills and covers a good amount of ground from his safety position. He picked the Gators over Ohio State, Miami, and Notre Dame.

John Brown of Lakeland, Fla. had been considered a Florida lean for quite some time. Six of his Lakeland Dreadnaught teammates are Florida commits and most experts considered it only a matter of time before the five-star defensive tackle joined them. February 1 st was that day, as the 6-foot-1, 285-pounder committed to the Gators. It is believed that Brown still has some work to do to qualify academically. He selected Florida over Alabama.

It was a big week for new Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe. The Cardinals added six commitments, one of them being a re-commitment from quarterback Matt Simms, who for the last four years has been a teammate of Justin Trattou at Don Bosco High School in Ramsey, N.J. Phil's son started to explore other options after Bobby Petrino accepted the Falcons' head coaching position. After visiting both Michigan State and North Carolina State, and then meeting with Kragthorpe, Simms decided that sticking with Louisville was his best move. He will have a year to learn from incumbent Brian Brohm before he competes for a starting position.

When looking at Louisville's other commitments of the week, two names stick out. Four-star running back Victor Anderson of Louisville was an early commit to West Virginia. He had no interest in playing for the previous staff. But after meeting Kragthorpe, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Anderson decided to stay at home and attend Louisville. Anderson rushed for 4,008 yards and 75 touchdowns during his career at St. Xavier High School in Louisville. He also visited Kentucky and North Carolina.

The new Louisville staff also took a big risk when accepting a commitment from junior college linebacker Willie Williams. Two years ago, Williams signed with Miami despite a myriad of legal issues during his high school years. It did not work out with the Hurricanes and he decided last August to attend Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. However, a couple of weeks later, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Williams wound up at West Los Angeles Junior College. After playing just four games this season, the Louisville staff extended a scholarship offer that Williams accepted. Williams's physical talents are unquestioned, but he must remain on the field in order to showcase his abilities.

Along with Justin Trattou and Major Wright, two other players that Notre Dame had strong interest in chose other schools this week. Defensive end Jason Peters of Baton Rouge, La. committed to Georgia Tech and linebacker Malcolm Smith of Woodland Hills, Calif. selected USC. Top Stories