Daryl Stonum of Sugar Land, Texas had been considered a strong Michigan lean for quite a while. On July 1st, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver ended his recruitment by finally committing to the Wolverines. Stonum's strength is his speed, which he used to accumulate 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns on 49 catches in 2006, earning him first team all-district and second team all-state honors. Ranked No. 94 on Scout.com's Hot 100, Stonum picked Michigan over USC and Florida.
Many experts figured that Michigan would have a tough time getting a top quarterback commitment this year after signing super prospect Ryan Mallett in February. But apparently, that did not matter to John Wienke of Tuscola. Ill., as he committed to Michigan moments before Stonum. At 6-foot-5, 210-pounds, Wienke has the prototypical quarterback size. However, he can move around a bit, too, as evidenced by his 401 yards rushing last fall. But his main weapon is his left arm, which he used to throw for 3,221 yards and 34 touchdowns. The three-star prospect also strongly considered Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.
Scout.com's No. 2 quarterback, and No. 10 player overall, committed to Florida State last week. E.J. Manuel checks in at the same height and weight as Wienke: 6-foot-5, 210-pounds. The Virginia Beach native has a huge arm and is extremely dangerous when he decides to run. Last fall, he was named all-Tidewater District after throwing for nearly 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. The five-star recruit selected FSU over North Carolina and LSU.
Andrew Luck, No. 57 on Scout.com's Hot 100, is another quarterback that made a recent commitment, casting his lot with Jim Harbaugh's Stanford Cardinal. Luck does not possess ideal throwing mechanics, but he does have a strong, accurate arm. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Luck was named district MVP after throwing for 27 scores and close to 3,000 yards as a junior. The Houston resident's other finalists were Purdue, Rice, Northwestern, Virginia, and Alabama.
Up the coast, Oregon State also received a commitment from a highly regarded quarterback. Ryan Katz of Santa Monica, Calif. threw for just under 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns to earn second team all-league honors as well as his team's offensive MVP. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 19 quarterback prospect in the country and gives the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder a three-star rating. He received offers from Oregon and Oregon State at their respective camps and he also received an offer from Washington.
New head coach Tom O'Brien got off to a bit of a slow recruiting start at North Carolina State, but in the past couple of weeks things have changed. The Wolfpack have picked up six commitments since the middle of June, including one from four-star quarterback Mike Glennon of Chantilly, Va. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Glennon is rail thin at this time, but he can make all the throws whether they need zip or touch. He threw for 18 scores and over 1,800 yards last fall. Glennon had a very impressive offer list that included Virginia Tech, Michigan, Miami, and Florida State.
Glennon will have some help in the backfield, as the Wolfpack also secured a commitment from Bunn, N.C. running back Brandon Barnes. Ranked No. 77 on the Hot 100, the 6-foot-0, 180-pound Barnes is the No. 7 running back in the class of 2008 according to Scout.com. Barnes is a stalwart in every aspect of the game for Bunn High School, starring on offense, defense, and special teams. He chose the Wolfpack over Michigan, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, and Virginia Tech.
N.C. State's other recent commitments came from Shelby, N.C. linebacker Dwayne Maddox, Raleigh safety T.J. Graham, safety Earl Wolff from Raeford, N.C., and Milton, Fla. linebacker William Beasley.
Drew McAllister from Danville, Calif. may be the top quarterback in northern California after throwing for 22 touchdowns and 2,200 yards as a junior. But in committing to Southern California, he is bound for a future as a safety. Scout.com rates the 6-foot-0, 188-pound McAllister as a three-star prospect and ranks him as the No. 27 safety prospect in this year's class. Oregon State offered him as a quarterback, but his play as a safety at the USC and Cal camps sealed his fate as a defender. Washington was considered, but McAllister picked USC over California.
Finally, Georgia gained a pledge from athlete Marcus Dowtin, who attends Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Dowtin, who is originally from North Bethesda, Md., transferred into Fork Union to bolster his academic standing. Dowtin was a two-way standout at Georgetown Prepatory School last year, earning all-state recognition on both offense and defense. Georgia will probably start him out on defense as a weak side linebacker. Some of the other schools that Dowtin considered included Michigan, Clemson, Nebraska, and Virginia Tech.
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