National Outlook

When you think of wide receiver friendly offenses in college football, West Virginia does not immediately come to mind. But that did not matter to Logan Heastie, Scout.com's No. 1 wide receiver prospect for 2009, as he made an early commitment to the Mountaineers.

At 6-foot-2, 192-pounds and able to run the forty in 4.4 seconds, Heastie has both good size and speed. This past fall, he caught 53 balls for 977 yards and 16 scores for Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Va. Florida was thought to be Heastie's leader, but he committed to West Virginia coach Bill Stewart during the recent junior day in Morgantown.

Heastie committed shortly after his good friend, Tajh Boyd, pledged to the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound quaterback also hails from the Tidewater area of Virginia, residing in Hampton. In 2007, Boyd threw for 2,059 yards and 25 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He is a definite dual-threat quarterback as he also rushed for over 500 yards and seven touchdowns. Boyd had previously visited Wake Forest, Tennessee, and Maryland, all of whom had offered.

Bryn Renner is also a quarterback from Virginia that has an offer from West Virginia. But he has decided to attend North Carolina in the fall of 2009. Both of Renner's parents are graduates of Virginia Tech, so that was considered his likely destination. But the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder felt more comfortable at North Carolina and he will be a Tar Heel. The Springfield, Va. native threw for 2,749 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior, while also rushing 598 yards and ten scores. As a sophomore, Renner was a wide receiver that caught 54 passes for 800 yards and nine touchdowns.

LSU opened the month of March by getting a commitment from star quarterback Russell Sheppard. They closed out the month by getting a commitment from another highly rated signal caller, Chris Garrett of Tupelo, Miss. Back in October, the 6-foot-3, 237-pounder committed to Mississippi State. He grew up cheering for the Bulldogs, so the commitment seemed solid. However, that was before some of the heavyweight programs began calling and this week he changed his commitment to LSU. Garrett also had offers from Nebraska, Colorado, and Florida State.

Texas landed their 15th commitment this week in Pflugerville, Texas defensive end Alex Okafor. Okafor is the nation's No. 35 overall prospect according to Scout.com, who also ranks him as the No. 3 defensive end and gives him a four-star rating. TexasPrepInsider.com also lists him as the No. 10 prospect in the state of Texas after he led his Pflugerville High School team to the state 5A finals. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder selected the Longhorns over Stanford and LSU.

Penn State received their first commitment of the 2009 recruiting season from Bunn, N.C. center Tyler Howle. His father, David, is the coach at Bunn High School, the same school that produced Notre Dame freshman Kerry Neal. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Howle was named first team All-State as a junior and has a 3.9 GPA. His only other offers were from East Carolina and Navy, though both North Carolina and North Carolina State were showing considerable interest.

Two highly regarded linebackers committed to Georgia Tech on March 19th. 6-foot-3, 205-pound Chaun Gresham from Winder, Ga. may wind up having a great collegiate career. But it is doubtful that he will eclipse the exploits of his uncle, George Rogers, who won a Heisman Trophy at South Carolina in 1980. Gresham, who had 112 tackles last fall, had long favored the Yellow Jackets, though he also had offers from Alabama, Clemson, and South Carolina. Georgia Tech also accepted a commitment from Sandersville, Ga. star Brandon Watts. Like Gresham, Watts had been a heavy Tech lean for quite some time. He also considered Clemson, Auburn, and North Carolina State.

A couple of Notre Dame foes recently added to their commitment lists. Stanford went across the country to get 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive guard Camden Wentz from Marietta, Ga. He is the second resident of the Peach Tree State to commit to the Cardinal this year, following Duluth tight end Brock Sanders, who committed two weeks ago. Stanford was Wentz's first offer.

Michigan State stayed much closer to home in getting their sixth commitment of the season. Blake Treadwell is a 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive tackle from East Lansing High School. His father, Don, is the current offensive coordinator at Michigan State.

TCU picked up commitments from three players at the Maud School in Maud, Texas. Bryant House is a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end; Ray Burns is a 6-foot-1, 290-pound defensive tackle; and James Dunbar is a 6-foot-6, 290-pound two-way lineman. Arkansas was pursuing all three before they committed to the Horned Frogs.

Of course, the big recruiting news during the past week was the signing of Scout.com's No. 1 overall 2008 prospect Terrelle Pryor to Ohio State. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound quarterback from Jeanette, Pa. star was set to go with the Buckeyes on signing day, but decided to take some more time to make sure of his decision. He waited until after his basketball season was complete to announce his choice. He looked closely at Michigan, Penn State, and Oregon. Rumors also surfaced that he was considering going to Memphis to play both football and basketball. At Ohio State, it will be exclusively football.


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