National Outlook

After signing the nation's No. 1 class in February, Alabama is looking to add more quality players this year. This week, they beat out a couple other SEC programs to get a four-star running back from Florida.

Trent Richardson of Escambia High School in Pensacola missed all of his sophomore season due to an injury and played just seven games his junior year as a result of a sprained ankle and a game cancelled because of a hurricane. But in those seven games, the 5-foot-11, 210-pounder rushed for 1,490 yards and 15 touchdowns, earning second team all-state honors. Scout.com lists him as the nation's No. 17 running back and the No. 154 player overall. Richardson picked the Tide over Florida and LSU, two schools that he still plans on visiting. Alabama also received a commitment in late May from massive offensive lineman Chance Warmack of Atlanta. At 6-foot-4, 330-pounds, Warmack projects as a right guard in the SEC. He has visited Tuscaloosa several times and feels at home on the campus. Like Richardson, Warmack plans to visit other schools, so this one may not be over. Some of the schools that he may look at include Auburn, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Rutgers. The boys down in Gainesville added another speedster to their receiving corps. Nu'keese Richardson is not big at 5-foot-9, 165-pounds. But the Pahokee, Fla. native is fast, as his 4.4 forty time will attest. He caught 26 passes for 452 yards and six touchdowns as a junior and those numbers will surely rise in 2008 now that Martavious Odoms has graduated and moved on to the University of Michigan. Richardson certainly had other big time schools knocking on his door, as Scout.com's No. 17 wide receiver turned down offers from Georgia, USC, South Carolina, and Michigan when he committed to Florida. On the same day that Richardson committed to Florida, running back Mike Gillislee of Deland, Fla. also became a Gator. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound Gillislee is also a 4.4 forty guy that has speed to burn. He rushed for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore and over 1,200 yards as a junior. Florida did not extend him an offer until the end of May and when they did, he immediately accepted. Some of the other schools that he considered before receiving the Glorida offer were Georgia Tech, Michigan, Auburn, and Illinois. LSU got one commitment, but it was a big one. 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle Chris Faulk of Slidell, La. did what everyone thought he would do when he committed to the Tigers. Along with his frame, Faulk is strong, has good footwork, and long arms. These traits would seem to indicate that he could be a left tackle candidate down the road for LSU. Scout.com gives him a four-star rating and has him as the No. 26 offensive tackle in the class. Though LSU was the leader all along, some other schools that went hard after Faulk were Michigan, Nebraska, and Arkansas. Penn State has been on a roll recently, getting commitments from ten players since April 29th. They closed out the month of May by landing three Maryland residents. Sean Stanley is a 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive end from Gaithersburg. He was named first team all-met by the Washington Post after sacking the quarterback 16.5 times in 2007. He is rated by Scout.com as the 19th best defensive end in the class of 2009 and carries a four-star rating. Michigan, Georgia, and Miami were some of the other schools that he liked. The other two players from Maryland that committed to Penn State are 5-foot-9, 175-pound cornerback Stephon Morris of Greenbelt and 6-foot-3, 165-pound wide receiver Brandon Felder from Oxon Hill. Morris, who had 38 tackles and three interceptions as a junior, chose Penn State over Illinois, Louisville and Rutgers while Felder picked the Nittany Lions over Maryland, Syracuse, and Boston College. Many recruiting analysts and college coaches believe that 6-foot-7, 255-pound Reid Fragel will grow into an offensive tackle at the next level. But he wants an opportunity at tight end, which is the position that Ohio State recruited him to play. So the Grosse Point, Mich. prospect decided to close his recruitment by committing to the Buckeyes. In 2007, Fragel caught 24 balls for 328 yards and three touchdowns. He also starred at defensive end, making 65 tackles and registering five sacks. He selected the Buckeyes over Michigan State and he also had offers from Maryland and Cincinnati. Two of this year's top quarterback prospects also recently made college decisions. Jordan Luallen of Greenwood, Ind., the No. 15 quarterback prospect in the country according to Scout.com, picked Georgia Tech over Indiana, Iowa, and Cincinnati. He actually committed to Georgia Tech in March, but he did not make the commitment public until the end of May. Luallen can beat you with his arm or his legs. He threw for 756 yards and 12 scores in 2007 while rushing for 475 yards and 13 touchdowns. UCLA landed the other highly regarded signal caller in Richard Brehaut of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Brehaut is more of a pro-style passer than Luallen. Last season, he threw for 2,348 yards and 22 touchdowns. At the same time, he is not afraid to take the ball and run, as he rushed for 528 yards and five touchdowns. Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, and Nebraska were some of the other schools pursuing Brehaut. Also, USC added defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. At 6-foot-2, 320-pounds, Fangupo will look to make life miserable for opposing guards and centers. He is surprisingly quick and very strong. Fangupo will enroll at USC in January. He just started playing football two years ago and is still raw, so going through practices with the Trojans next spring will be extremely beneficial in his development. Along with USC, he was also offered by Arizona State, Tennesee, Utah, Arizona, and Oregon.

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