National Outlook

Kentucky has had a bit of success on the gridiron the past couple of seasons, winning consecutive Music City Bowls under head coach Rich Brooks. To consistently compete with the top programs in the SEC, the Wildcats have to build on that success by landing high level recruits. One such player is four-star quarterback Ryan Mossakowski, who committed to Kentcuky last week.

The 6-foot-4, 203-pound Mossakowski threw for 3,029 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas. If he does not beat you through the air, he can also beat you running the football, as he has rushed for 539 yards and 18 touchdowns during his high school career. He did throw 13 interceptions, so he will have to work on valuing the ball a little bit more. Mossakowski is also a top baseball prospect and if he is drafted high enough next June in the Major League draft, he may consider that as an option. But as of now, he is committed to Kentucky, who beat out Auburn, Alabama, and Texas A&M for his services.

The Wildcats did not stop there. They also landed Scout.com's No. 2 center prospect, Sam Simpson, who is a local boy that attends Henry Clay High School in Lexington. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder will have to add weight, but he already has the athletic ability to get out and block the second level defenders. Like Mossakowski, Simpson was coveted by many top programs. He picked Kentucky over Alabama, Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee.

Of course, the big boys in the SEC are getting their share of players, as well. In early May, four-star tight end Arthur Fontaine committed to Boston College. Three weeks later, after realizing that perhaps he rushed into his decision, he re-opened his recruitment. This past week, he ended it again, this time with a commitment to Georgia. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound North Dartmouth, Mass. native is a solid blocker who caught ten passes for 156 yards and three scores last season. He also had 62 tackles and three sacks as a defensive end. He considered Boston College for a second time as well as Maryland and Virginia.

Georgia was not the only SEC power to grab a prospect out of New England last week. Their Cocktail Party rival, the Florida Gators, gained a commitment from three-star quarterback Jordan Reed from New London, Conn. Reed is a big kid at 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, but he also has good speed which makes him a perfect fir for Urban Meyer's spread attack. In 2007, Reed had a 28 to 2 touchdown to interception ratio while throwing for 1,706 yards. He also rushed for 360 yards and eight touchdowns. Boston College, Penn State, Tennessee, and Oregon were some of the other schools that offered Reed a scholarship.

LSU kept Rayville, La. star Kenny Bell from leaving the state when they secured his commitment last week. The four-star wide receiver pulled in 58 passes last year for 989 yards and a dozen touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Bell has good speed, but his best attribute is his ability to catch the football in traffic. Four players from Rayville High School are currently on the LSU roster, which gave Bell a comfort level during his visits to Baton Rouge. It is believed that LSU and Alabama were his top two while he also received offers from Michigan, Nebraska, and Auburn.

Stanford is having a pretty good recruiting season and it continued this week when they got commitments from two four-star prospects, running back Stepfan Taylor and wide receiver Jemari Roberts. Taylor is a 6-foot-0, 205-pounder out of Mansfield, Texas that rushed for 1,586 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. He selected the Cardinal over Missouri, while holding offers from dozens of schools including Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Texas A&M. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Roberts had 500 all-purpose yards last year for Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. Stanford, California, and Oregon were his top three.

Former Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham also got commitments from two touted recruits. Four-star defensive tackle Deandre Coleman of Seattle decided to stay close to home when he chose the Huskies. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Coleman is ranked as the state of Washington's No. 1 high school player by Scout.com. He had offers from LSU, California, Oregon, and many others. Washington also snagged Nathan Fellner, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound safety out of Fresno, Calif. His other offers were from Stanford, Washington State, and San Diego State.

Finally, only one player on the Scout.com Top 100 list made a commitment this week. That was cornerback Brandon McGee of Plantation, Fla. and his decision left some people scratching their heads. On August 2nd, McGee told NoleDigest.com that he was down to three schools: Florida State, Tennessee, and Ole Miss, saying specifically that he was "never really high on Miami." Nine days later, the 6-foot-0, 180-pounder committed to the Hurricanes. McGee is No. 89 on the Top 100 list and is ranked as their No. 10 cornerback prospect. As a junior, he was the quarterback for Plantation High School, throwing for 934 yards and nine touchdowns.


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