National Outlook

Florida is always hot in July and right now recruiting for the three major programs in the Sunshine State is pretty warm, as well. New Miami head coach Randy Shannon recently picked up commitments from two top local products to bring the ‘Canes total number of solid commitments to 11.

Marcus Robinson from Homestead is the third best weak side linebacker in America and the 67th best player overall, according to, and last week he committed to Miami. For a 6-foot-1, 210-pound player, Robinson is exceptionally fast. During his junior campaign, he used that speed to sack the opposing quarterback 19 times. He picked the Hurricanes over USC, Florida, and Rutgers.

Miami also landed three-star wide receiver Davon Johnson from Miami. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Johnson ran a 4.46 forty at the Miami combine. He caught 22 passes for 422 yards and four scores last fall. Johnson still intends on visiting LSU, South Florida, South Carolina, and Central Florida, so this one is not totally over.

Up the road in Gainesville, the defending champion Florida Gators have gotten off to a very slow start to this recruiting season. After bringing in two large classes in 2006 and 2007, Florida can only sign 16 or 17 recruits this February, so they can be very selective. Last week, they received commitments from teammates at Jenkins High School in Savannah, Ga.

Franklin Green is a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder with blazing speed and tremendous balance. In 2006, he piled up 1,822 yards and 19 touchdowns on 172 carries, which led to his being named his conference's player of the year. Before deciding on the Gators, Green had narrowed his choices to a final three: Florida, South Carolina, and Rutgers.

Chaz Sutton spent much of last fall lined up in the same backfield as Green. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Sutton carried the ball 75 times and gained 830 yards. But the Gators recruited him for his play at defensive end, where he had 80 tackles and six sacks, earning second team all-conference honors. Like Green, Sutton also considered Rutgers and South Carolina, but he also looked at West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Florida hosted their camp this weekend, called Friday Night Lights, so other commitments could soon follow.

Florida State added three players to their commitment list, but also lost a committed recruit. British Footman, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound speed back from nearby Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, surprised no one by pledging to the ‘Noles. Over the past two seasons, Footman rushed for nearly 2,900 yards and 34 touchdowns. After his junior season, he was named to the Florida 3A all-state team. Because Footman still has work to do in the classroom, his only other offer was from Ole Miss.

The Seminoles also gained commitments from a pair of top defensive backs. Cornerback Terrance Parks of Fairburn, Ga. made 45 tackles and intercepted three passes in 2006. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was a teammate of last year's top cornerback, Eric Berry, at Creekside High School. Parks recently visited Auburn, Florida, Wake Forest, and Tennessee, before choosing Florida State.

Madison County High School in Madison, Fla. has sent many players to Florida State. Last year, cornerback Bernard Brinson signed with the Seminoles. Last Friday, Travis Arnold continued the tradition by committing to FSU. Arnold had 12 sacks playing linebacker last fall, but at 5-foot-10, 188-pounds, he will be moved to safety at Florida State. He also looked at Florida, Clemson, Miami, and LSU.

While Florida State did land these three recruits, wide receiver A.J. Alexander de-committed from the Seminoles and has re-opened his recruitment. The four-star prospect is rated as the nation's No. 26 wide receiver by The Altoona, Pa. native is now looking at Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee, along with Florida State.

There was one other major de-commit recently. Offensive lineman Trevor Robinson from Elkhorn, Neb. pulled back his Nebraska commitment and took trips to Notre Dame and Michigan.

Several four-star prospects recently made their college decisions. They include defensive tackle Templeton Hardy from Sardis, Miss. to Mississippi State; running back De'Anthony Curtis from Camden, Ark. to Arkansas; defensive tackle Trevor Guyton from Redmond, Wash. to California; quarterback Braden Hanson from Charlotte to North Carolina; and defensive end K.J. Williams from Norman, Okla. to Texas A&M.

Finally, two of Notre Dame's chief rivals picked up commitments during the past two weeks. USC beat out Florida and LSU to get massive four-star offensive lineman Daniel Campbell of Houston. And Michigan took in a commitment from's No. 7 tight end prospect Kevin Koger from Toledo, Ohio. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Koger selected the Wolverines over rival Ohio State. Top Stories