National Outlook

The Miami Hurricanes are loading up at the running back position. After getting a commitment in February from Bryce Brown,'s top-rated running back prospect, Miami landed four-star prospect Mike James over the summer. Now they've added a third big-time running back recruit in Lamar Miller.

The four-star Miller is a Miami native that stars for Miami Killian High School. As a junior, the 5-foot-11, 203-pounder ran for 1,122 yards and 12 touchdowns. After three games this year, he has gone for 488 yards and seven scores. rates him as this year's No. 10 running back prospect and is No. 83 on their top 100 list. Miller is strong, but it is his exceptional speed that catches your eye. He has said that he will still visit other campuses, possibly Central Florida, Florida State, and LSU.

Miami closed out the month of September by getting commitments from two highly touted defensive backfield recruits. Like Miller, Kayvon Webster also hails from Miami. He is currently playing linebacker for Monsignor Pace High School, but at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds he will be a safety at the next level. He racked up 90 tackles in 2007 to go along with two forced fumbles. He also considers himself a soft commitment, as he plans on visiting other schools, including LSU, South Carolina, and South Florida.

Four-star athlete Jamal Reid of Mayo, Fla. had named Miami as his leader in early September. A few weeks later, he went one step further when he committed to the Hurricanes. The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Mayo had an exceptional junior season on both sides of the ball. As a quarterback for Lafayette High School, he threw for 15 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards while intercepting 10 passes from his cornerback position. Miami, like all the other schools that recruited him, pursued him as a cornerback. He had a visit scheduled to Oregon which he most likely will not take. He also looked at South Florida and Clemson.

Tennessee recently added a pair of four-star recruits and lost one, as well. The Vols picked up junior college defensive end Jonathan Hollins, who currently plays for College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder from Baton Rouge committed to Texas Tech out of high school in 2005. After failing to qualify academically, Hollins enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. From there he went out west to the College of the Canyons, where he was named first team all-Western States Conference after registering 31 tackles and eight sacks as a freshman. He had maintained his commitment to Texas Tech until early this month when he de-committed from the Red Raiders and pledged to the Vols.

Tennessee got even more help on defense when Chesapeake, Va. strong side linebacker Jerrod Askew gave them his commitment. At 6-foot-0, 230-pounds, Askew is small for his position, but he is very tough and very quick. As a junior, he had 14 sacks and 120 tackles, 24 of which resulted in lost yardage. rates Askew as the No. 14 strong side linebacker in the class of 2008. He also considered West Virginia, Maryland, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Tennessee's loss was Stanford's gain. Four-star quarterback Josh Nunes backed out of his commitment to the Vols and gave it to the Cardinal. He told the Tennessee staff at the end of September that he was looking around and a few days later he committed to Stanford. Nunes does not have most fluid delivery, but the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has a strong arm and good pocket presence. He threw for 2,105 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2007, earning league MVP honors. He also held offers from Oklahoma, Florida, and Nebraska.

Penn State is known as Linebacker U, but their first 16 commitments of the year did include a linebacker. No. 17, though, was a good one in four-star middle linebacker Glenn Carson of Manahawkin, N.J. Carson committed during his visit to Happy Valley the weekend Penn State beat Illinois. At 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, he'll have to add some size and strength, but he is very athletic and seems to be all over the field. He picked the Nittany Lions over Boston College, Rutgers, and Notre Dame, who recruited him as a fullback.

Three days later, another visitor for the Illinois game committed to Penn State. Wide receiver Devon Smith of Waldorf, Md. returned home, gave it some thought, then called the Penn State football offices and committed. Smith is a tiny wide receiver, standing 5-foot-7 and weighing just 145-pounds. Smith transferred last year from Eleanor Roosevelt High School to Westlake High School. Two of his former teammates at Roosevelt, cornerbacks Stephon Morris and Derrick Thomas, committed to Penn State in May. Smith had offers from Akron, Temple, and Eastern Michigan.

Last Thursday night, Pittsburgh defensive back Dominic DeCicco had a big interception in the Panthers' win over South Florida. Shortly thereafter, his brother, four-star tight end Brock DeCicco committed to Pittsburgh. lists Brock as the No. 8 tight end in America after he caught 19 passes for 337 yards and six touchdowns last fall. He is 6-foot-5, giving him ample room to add to his 227-pounds. He was scheduled to visit Wisconsin this past weekend, but cancelled the visit before committing to the Panthers. He also looked at Iowa.

The tight end one spot above DeCicco in the rankings also has made his college decision. 6-foot-3, 222-pound Richard Wilson from Spanish Fork, Utah will attend Brigham Young. Wilson is Mormon and that was a factor in his decision making process. Also, he's a tight end that likes to catch the ball and there are few places in the country that use the tight end more than BYU. Last year, Wilson caught 46 passes for 690 yards and eight touchdowns. He is's No. 165 overall prospect. Wilson was a national recruit with offers from LSU, Miami, Utah, and Tennessee.

Defensive tackle Darrington Sentimore of Destrehan, La. was waiting for an LSU offer. And waiting. And waiting. While he was waiting, one of his other top schools was winning. And winning. And winning. On October 5th, tired of waiting for the LSU offer, the 6-foot-2, 266-pounder ended his recruitment by committing to Alabama. Sentimore has gotten off to a great start in his senior season, leading his team in tackles. highlited by a 20 tackle, 2 sack performance against Higgins High School. LSU had long been his favorite and it is unclear whether a late offer from the Tigers would affect his commitment. Miami, Oklahoma, and Tennesee also pursued the four-star prospect. Top Stories