National Outlook

To be an annual contender in the Big Xll, Nebraska is going to have to win in the state of Texas, both on the field and on the recruiting trail. The Cornhuskers recently won a big recruiting battle in the Lone Star State by getting a commitment from five-star quarterback Cody Green.

The Dayton, Texas native threw for over 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore, putting him on everyone's watch list. But two games into his junior season, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Green tore ligaments in his right ankle, ending his 2007 campaign. Despite the injury, Scout.com ranks him as this year's No. 3 quarterback prospect and No. 25 player overall. His injury did not stop the top programs from recruiting him, either. Texas got an early commitment from five-star signal caller, and Austin native, Garrett Gilbert, so they did not offer Green a scholarship. But LSU, Miami, and Texas A&M did. In the end, he chose the Cornhuskers over the Aggies.

A few other programs landed quarterbacks in early July. Pocatello, Idaho is not exactly a recruiting hotbed, but that is where Stanford went to get four-star prospect Taysom Hill. Hill attended the Jim Harbaugh Quarterback Academy at Stanford in late June and fell in love with everything the school had to offer. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Hill, who threw for over 2,300 yards as a junior, selected Stanford over Brigham Young. Hill is Mormon and plans to go on his mission immediately after graduating from high school. That would put him on track to begin his Cardinal career in 2011.

In Ron Zook's offense at Illinois, a quarterback that can throw and run is very important. The Illini have gotten just that in Kansas City product Nathan Sceelhaase. In 2007, Scheelhaase passed for 1,861 yards and 20 touchdowns. On the ground he piled up 917 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is No. 134 on Scout.com's Top 300 and is ranked as their No. 17 quarterback. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder considered a number of schools including Iowa, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado before committing to Illinois.

North Carolina State got a commitment from a top in-state quarterback, Everett Proctor of Fayetteville. Like Scheelhaase, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Proctor is also a true dual-threat at quarterback. In 2007, he threw for 754 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 1,105 yards and 13 scores. He is also a standout safety, but the Wolfpack want Proctor to operate under center. Proctor is a teammate of five-star offensive tackle Xavier Nixon at Jack Britt High School. He chose N.C. State over Georgia Tech, though he also held offers from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Illinois, and Maryland.

Colorado has just three commitments so far, but two of them are quarterbacks. The latest commitment came from 6-foot-5, 225-pound Clark Evans of Los Alamitos, Calif. In 2007, Evans accounted for over 3,200 yards of total offense and 27 touchdowns, throwing 15 and rushing for 12. His combination of size, rushing ability, and passing skills have led some to compare him to Florida's Tim Tebow. He will compete in Boulder with Oceanside, Calif. quarterback Justin Wynn, who committed to the Buffaloes last month. Evans had offers from Arizona, Boise State, and Kansas State.

Every year, Georgia seems to recruit one of the top classes in the country. This year is no different and the Bulldogs added to their impressive commitment list recently by picking up four-star cornerback Jordan Love. Love attended the Gilman School in Baltimore last year, but he has recently transferred to Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Va. The 6-foot-0, 185-pounder had an impressive showing U.S. Army combine in January, posting the camp's best shuttle time and breaking the combine record with a 40.5 inch vertical leap. Georgia beat out Penn State to get Love's commitment.

Two southern programs got recent commitments from four-star offensive lineman. Scout.com ranks 6-foot-4, 295-pound Stavion Lowe as the No. 11 offensive guard in the class of 2009. Several schools, including Notre Dame, recruited him as a tackle. Whatever the position, he will be playing his college ball for the LSU Tigers. The Brownwood, Texas native knew his decision had been made during a recent visit to the Baton Rouge campus. Lowe is the 14th player, and fourth Texan, to commit to LSU this year. His other finalists were Auburn and Oklahoma.

While LSU crossed state lines to get their four-star offensive lineman, Clemson went about 30 miles east to grab their four-star lineman, Brandon Thomas of Spartanburg, S.C. The 6-foot-4, 279-pounder is very athletic and will most likely play tight end for Dorman High School this coming fall. That athleticism is a big reason why Scout.com ranks him as the No. 16 offensive tackle in this year's class. Like most kids from upstate South Carolina, Clemson had always been his favorite school. He did, however, also look at Tennessee and South Carolina. ,br>
Two other schools that have done well this month are Texas A&M and Indiana. The Aggies have added four commitments in July, including one from four-star wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu from Allen, Texas. The Hoosiers have grabbed six commitments this month. The most acclaimed of their group are Centerville, Ohio defensive tackle Adam Replogle, who selected Indiana over North Carolina State, Iowa, and West Virginia, and wide receiver Duwyce Wilson of Columbus, Ind., who had offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Cincinnati.


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