National Outlook

In February, Ohio State signed four-star safety Devon Torrence of Canton, Ohio. Devon's "little" brother, Devoe, is actually bigger, stronger, and possesses speed comparable to that of his older sibling. So it is no surprise that Devoe is one of the top prospects in the state of Ohio this year. It also comes as no surprise that Devoe has committed to Ohio State.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is on's Hot 100 list as a strong side linebacker. He may get a look at running back, where he rushed for 981 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior, but expect him to be on the defensive side of the ball when he begins his college career. Torrence had offers from Michigan State, Akron, and Ole Miss. He also got looks from Michigan, Penn State, and Notre Dame.

The Buckeyes also received a commitment from wide receiver DeVier Posey. This fall the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Posey amassed over 1,300 yards from scrimmage and was named to the Ohio all-state team. He was a teammate of Tennessee signee Ben Martin at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati. Clemson, California, and Oklahoma were among the many schools to offer Posey a scholarship.

Safety Nolan Brewster's father, Tim, is the new head coach at Minnesota. But he also was an assistant at Texas, and this week Nolan committed to his dad's former boss, Mack Brown. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety from Mullen High School in Denver is equally adept in pass coverage as he is in run support. He was named first team all-conference and second team all-state in 2006 after piling up 133 tackles and intercepting two passes. His other finalist was Florida and he received offers from dozens of schools, including USC, LSU, and Oregon.

Jarvis Humphrey of Cedar Hill, Texas plays for a high school team nicknamed the Longhorns. He will continue to be a 'Horn after his high school graduation as he committed to Texas last week. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Humphrey is considered by many to be the top defensive tackle prospect in the state of Texas this year. He helped Cedar Hill High School to the Texas 5A state championship this past fall and was named to the all-district team. He picked Texas over Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.

Two of the Longhorns' biggest rivals also received big commitments this past week from Lone Star State residents. Texas A&M reeled in defensive end Blake Chavis of Beaumont. Like Devoe Torrence, Chavis will be teammates with his brother in college. Tight end Billy Chavis signed with the Aggies in February. At 6-foot-5, Blake will look to add to his 240-pounds in an effort to grow into a strong side defensive end. His only other offer was from Iowa.

The Oklahoma Sooners went down to Texas and got a commitment from offensive lineman Britt Mitchell of Roscoe. Mitchell had previously committed to Texas A&M, but after visiting Norman for a junior day, he switched his commitment to Oklahoma. Roscoe High School is very small and the competition level is not strong, so Mitchell will have work to do to get ready for the Big XII wars. But at 6-foot-7, 305-pounds he has the frame to become a dependable offensive tackle.

Mitchell was not the only player to de-commit from one school and commit to another this week. Tyler Westphal of Menasha, Wisc. committed to the home-state Badgers this week after previously saying he would attend Virginia. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder was named to all-league and all-area teams last fall as a defensive end, but it is possible that he could play tight end in college. He also considered Minnesota and Iowa.

The past two years, USC has loaded up on running backs, signing three this year and three last year. They now have their first running back commitment for 2008 in Curtis McNeal of Los Angeles. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound McNeal rushed for 2,008 yards, had 3,106 total yards, and totaled a staggering 42 touchdowns. His only other offer was from Ole Miss. McNeal says that he is a solid commitment to USC, but at the same time he says that if he is offered by schools like Washington, Oregon, California, or Texas, he may take other visits.

Rutgers got their first commitment of the year and it is a good one. Rashad White of Teaneck, N.J. rushed for 1,857 yards and 22 touchdowns this season after going for 1,177 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore. Standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 170-pounds, White will not run many people over. The problem is that defenders have to catch the speedy running back. His other offers came from Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Maryland, and Cincinnati. Top Stories