National Outlook

Jon Kinne writes a series called "National Outlook" for This series keeps Irish fans up to date on all the latest recruiting action around the country. Enjoy!

Star Jackson,'s No. 9 quarterback prospect, recently committed to Alabama. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from Lake Worth, Fla. passed for nearly 2,000 yards last year and threw 19 touchdown passes. He is also a threat with his feet, as he ran for more than 750 yards. His mechanics need some refinement, but he is a great athlete and could develop into a dangerous dual-threat signal caller. He selected Alabama over Auburn and West Virginia.

During the first week of September, Auburn landed two Floridians, as well. Harry Adams is a 6-foot-0, 180-pound wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale that is a true burner. As a sophomore, he ran a 10.2 100 meters and has been timed as low as 4.32 in the forty. He did not play football until last season, when he scored eight touchdowns for Dillard High School. Despite his lack of experience, Adams still received offers from Florida and LSU along with the one from Auburn. Staying in south Florida, Auburn picked up another speedster, George Baker from Miami. The 5-foot-11, 168-pound Baker rushed for over 1,000 yards last season, but he knows that his future is at cornerback. Baker committed to Auburn after visiting the school over Labor Day weekend. He also camped at Auburn this summer and impressed the coaches with his solid cover skills. Baker chose the Tigers over LSU, Rutgers, Kansas State, and Ole Miss. Michigan's defense has shown some holes early this season and linebacker J.B. Fitzgerald from Princeton Junction, N.J. hopes to fill one of them in the future after committing to the Wolverines in late August. Fitzgerald was named all-South jersey last season after piling up 93 tackles, registering two sacks, and picking off two passes. ranks the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Fitzgerald as the nation's No. 6 strong side linebacker prospect. He had Michigan as his leader for quite some time and picked the Wolverines over Florida and Rutgers. Illinois has Juice Williams around at quarterback for three more years. When he leaves, the Illini hope their newest commitment, four-star prospect Jacob Charest, will be ready to take over. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Charest is a teammate of Notre Dame commit Robert Blanton at Butler High School in Matthews, N.C. Charest threw for nearly 2,500 yards while completing 20 touchdown passes as a junior. Unlike Williams, Charest is a drop back passer that will beat you with his arm. Charest had offers from California, Oregon, Louisville, and Iowa. Johnny Adams of Akron, Ohio will be suiting up for the Michigan State Spartans next fall. The question now is, on which side of the ball? gives him a three-star rating as a wide receiver, but many schools pursued him as a cornerback. On top of everything else, the 6-foot-180 pound Adams is a great return man having returned nine punts and two kickoffs for scores during his high school career. Adams went with the Spartans over Purdue, Syracuse, and West Virginia. One of the great return men in the history of the NFL was Giant great Dave Meggett. Last week, his son Davin committed to Maryland. Davin is built a lot like his dad, standing 5-foot-8 and weighing 204-pounds. As a junior, Meggett earned second team all-county honors after rushing for 1,126 yards and 10 touchdowns. His only other scholarship offers were from Howard and James Madison. He committed to the Terps immediately after receiving their offer. Running back Kenny Ashley from Los Angeles committed to Mississippi State in April of 2005. Then, on Signing Day the following February, he faxed his letter of intent to USC. Unfortunately, the 5-foot-9, 215-pound Ashley failed to qualify and ended up at El Camino Community College. Last week, Ashley made another commitment, this time to Ole Miss. Ashley enrolled at El Camino last December, is playing for them this fall, and will have three years eligibility at Mississippi. 6-foot-2, 195-pound Nick Williams of Bainbridge, Ga. had a decision to make. He is a quarterback at Bainbridge High School and was recruited by schools such as South Carolina and UAB to play that position. But other programs wanted him as an athlete. This week, Williams chose the athlete route as he committed to Georgia, who will start him out as a safety. Williams also looked strongly at Alabama. Georgia also received a re-commitment from four-star tight end Dwayne Allen of Fayetteville, N.C. Allen had committed to the Bulldogs last December. But rumors swirled that the 6-foot-3, 217-pounder was looking around. He ended that speculation this week by re-affirming his pledge to Georgia. Sort of. He says he still plans on visiting North Carolina and East Carolina after his season is over. Top Stories