National Outlook

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker gave the University of Washington offense a little life this season. Despite the excitement he brought, the team still ranked No. 95 in the nation in passing yardage and stumbled to a 4-9 campaign. During the last week of November, the Huskies added three highly regarded targets that Locker can look for in 2008.

The headliner is five-star prospect Kavario Middleton of Lakewood, Wash. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Middleton is a star at defensive end at Lakewood High School. But the Huskies have him slotted as a tight end, where he caught 16 balls for six touchdowns as a junior. Middleton, rated as the No. 2 tight end and No. 20 player overall by, will play in this year's Army All American Game in San Antonio on January 5th. Washington had been considered the leader throughout the process, but Middleton also looked at Arizona State, Michigan, Oregon, and Cal.

Middleton's Lakewood teammate, Jermaine Kearse, will be joining him at Washington. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder is's No. 26 wide receiver, has earned a four-star ranking, and will also be participating in the Army All American Game.. Despite sharing the ball with Middleton, Kearse still caught 35 passes for over 500 yards and five scores through the first eight games of 2007. He had visited Oregon and California, and was looking to set up visits to Arizona State and Washington S tate before he committed to the Huskies.

The other Husky commit broke several Washington state records in 2006 as a wide receiver at Prosser High School. Cody Bruns caught a remarkable 109 passes for 1,891 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior in 2006. This year was more of the same. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Bruns finished the season with 97 catches for 1,540 yards and 19 touchdowns, in leading Prosser to a state 3A title. He selected the Huskies over Boise State, Washington State, and Oregon State.

Colorado picked up two big commitments recently, including one from five-star middle linebacker Lynn Katoa of Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City. Like many high school linebackers, Katoa's strength is defensding the run. He is a sure tackler that always finds his was to the ball carrier. Katoa had 109 tackles and 13 sacks in 2006 and had 81.5 tackles this fall. Colorado now has commitments from two five-star linebackers: Katoa and Jon Major, who committed in October. Katoa picked Colorado over Oklahoma, with LSU and Oklahoma State also getting a look.

Colorado also landed Poway, Calif. tight end Ryan Deehan. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Deehan is more of a receiver at this time. He pulled in 61 balls for 830 yards and five touchdowns as a junior. His other finalists were Arizona State and Oregon.

With a limited number of scholarships to hand out this year, Florida is closing in on the end of their recruiting season after receiving three commitments just after Thanksgiving. Despite hailing from Corsicana, Texas, four-star wide out Omarius Hines told that he has been a Florida fan since he was eight years old. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound Hines was an all-state selection as a junior, catching 62 passes for 1,262 yards and 23 touchdowns. His final four were Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, and Michigan.

The Gators other two commitments hail from the Sunshine State. Frankie Hammond is a 6-foot-1, 162-pound wide receiver from Hallandale that chose the Gators over Miami and Boston College. Bryan Jones is a massive offensive guard (6-foot-2, 328-pounds) from Jacksonville. He also considered offers from Minnesota, Central Florida, and Miami.

Khaled Holmes's older brother, Alex, played tight end at USC and the Trojans had long been considered the clear cut favorite. This week, the four-star offensive lineman finally made it official by committing to head coach Pete Carroll. ranks him as the No. 15 offensive guard in the class of 2008, due in large part to his fine technique and impressive run blocking skills. It was an all California battle for the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Holmes, with USC beating out Stanford and California.

Many people inside the Ohio State program thought that 6-foot-2, 263-pound defensive tackle Willie Mobley of Eden Prairie, Minn. would commit when he visited Columbus in early November. It did not happen at that time, but last week it did and he will be a Buckeye in 2008. Mobley recently helped his Eden Prairie High School team win its second straight state 5A championship, defeating Cretin-Derham Hall 50-21 in the title game. He was named all-state last year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and will undoubtedly make the squad a gain this year. Mobley recently visited Minnesota before deciding on the Buckeyes.

Finally, Michigan received a commitment from North Las Vegas center George Morales. It is a bit odd as Michigan was his only offer and the Wolverines plan on using him solely as a long snapper. Top Stories