National Outlook

Kyle Long is ranked as a four-star prospect by as an offensive lineman. He had scholarship offers from many of the top football programs in the nation.

At 6-foot-7, 290-pounds, he has the frame needed to develop into a dominant left tackle. Many schools also liked his athletic ability on the other side of the ball as a defensive end. But when you are that size, are left-handed, and throw in the low-to-mid 90s, you have other options, as well.

In mid-May, Long announced that he would attend Florida State in 2008 and play just baseball. The son of former Oakland Raider great and current Fox analyst Howie Long, Kyle plays first base when he is not pitching for St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va. But his future appears to be on the mound. Scouts in Virginia had him at over 90 mph on their radar guns early in his sophomore year and with baseball as his sole focus, his potential seems limitless. He selected the Seminoles over Ohio State.

Florida State did pick up their ninth football commitment of the year recently in athlete Jabaris Little. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has played running back at nearby Lincoln High School in Tallahassee. However, the Seminoles recruited him as a tight end. Little had been hearing from schools such as Minnesota, South Florida, and North Carolina State. Last week, Michigan got two commitments from recruits from neighboring states. Kurt Wermers from Crown Point, Ind. became the Wolverines third offensive line commitment of the season. While the other two (Dan O'Neill and Elliott Mealer) are strictly tackle prospects, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Mealer has the versatility to play either guard or tackle at the next level. He selected Michigan over UCLA, Purdue, Iowa, and Indiana.

The day after Wermers gave his commitment, Trotwood, Ohio tight end Brandon Moore also picked Michigan. Moore possesses good speed and quickness for someone that is 6-foot-6, 245-pounds. As a junior, he caught 25 passes for 350 yards and five touchdowns. Moore had dozens of offers from around the country and considered Georgia, Clemson, Florida, and LSU before committing to Michigan.

Getting quarterbacks to commit early has become a popular recruiting strategy over the past few years. During the past two weeks, six programs received commitments from quarterbacks, continuing the recent trend into this year. Nebraska landed four-star signal caller Blaine Gabbert from Baldwin, Mo. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Gabbert has good mobility and has the ability to make all the throws. In 2006, he threw for 1,523 yards and 20 touchdowns while running for 458 yards and nine scores. Along with Nebraska, he also visited Missouri, Iowa, and Alabama.

Staying in the Big XII, Kansas State received a pledge from Loveland, Colo. quarterback Collin Klein. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Klein led his Loveland High School team to the Colorado 4A title game this past fall. He was being recruited by Utah, Air Force, and Colorado State.

Louisville has had a nice run of quarterbacks recently and Tino Sunseri of Pittsburgh hopes to be the next in line. At 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Sunseri is small by current quarterback standards, but he is very quick and has an extremely strong arm. In 2006 he completed 65% of his passes for over 2,000 yards and 18 scores. His father, Sal, is currently the defensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers. He also had offers from Florida State, South Florida, and Southern Mississippi.

In Rich Rodriguez's spread offense, it is essential that the quarterback be able to run as well as throw. Current Mountaineer quarterback Pat White is a perfect example. Recent commit J.J. Dorsey of Winchester, Va. also fits that mold. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Dorsey threw for nearly 1,700 yards as a junior while rushing for over 1,200. He threw for 12 touchdowns and ran for 22 more. He has also played defensive back in high school and has the athletic ability to make the move to defense if necessary. West Virginia was his only offer, though he was in contact with Virginia and Penn State.

When Tim Tebow left the Nease High School football program for Gainesville last year, Ted Stachitas took over the quarterback duties. This past weekend, Stachitas committed to defending ACC champion Wake Forest. Like Tebow, the 6-foot-0, 176-pound Stachitas can both run and throw. In 2006, he passed for 2,763 yards and 29 touchdowns and ran for 1,177 yards and 13 touchdowns. He becomes Wake's second commitment of the year, joining his Nease teammate Riley Haynes, who committed last November. Stachitas picked the Deacons over Stanford, Northwestern, and Georgia Tech.

Malvern, Pa. signal caller Ryan Massib visited Syracuse earlier this spring and returned home with the Orangemen as his leader. Several weeks later, the feeling had not changed and he decided to end his recruitment by committing to Syracuse. He was selected third team all-city (Philadelphia) this past fall after throwing for 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was receiving interest from Penn State, Temple, Wisconsin, and Michigan State, though Syracuse was his only offer.

Finally, USC received their first commitment for 2009. Sophomore Marquis Simmons watched one brother star on the 2003 USC squad and another commit to the Trojans just over two months ago. So when USC extended an offer, he accepted. Marquis currently teams with his brother Maurice to give Dominguez High Schoolin Compton a formidable linebacking duo. Top Stories