National Outlook

Five-star safety Devonte Holloman did not just de-commit from Clemson last week. In the eyes of Tiger fans, he did much worse than that when he cast his lot with their hated rival, South Carolina.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C. gave a commitment to Clemson back in May. At that time, Clemson appeared to be a top ten team and held national title aspirations. But their struggles this fall led to the dismissal of head coach Tommy Bowden and gave Hollomoan a reason to look around. He took a visit to Tennessee in September and he went to LSU and South Carolina in October. He had set up a North Carolina trip, but cancelled that after committing to the Gamecocks. Holloman is the No. 2 safety in the country according to, trailing only Craig Loston, who is also a former Clemson commit.

Florida also picked up a five-star commitment recently when Bloomfield, Colo. defensive end Nick Kasa announced for the Gators. Kasa is currently 235-pounds, but he stands 6-foot-7, so he assuredly will add weight and have prototypical defensive end size. Kasa is's No. 49 overall prospect and their No. 4 defensive end after earning first team all-state honors in 2007. In October, he was selected as a U.S. Army All-American and will participate in their all-star game in San Antonio on January 3rd. Kasa picked Florida over Colorado while also considering Oregon and California.

Virginia Tech landed on of the top players in the state of Virginia when they accepted the commitment of four-star prospect Logan Thomas from Lynchburg. ranks him as this year's No. 3 tight end prospect, despite the fact that he played quarterback as a junior. He threw for 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 600 yards and eight scores for Brookville High School. The 6-foot-6, 219-pound Thomas can be used by the Hokies as a traditional tight end, but he also has the athleticism to be split out wide if needed. Some of the other schools that he considered included North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida State, and Tennesee.

Butch Davis at North Carolina has used his wide receivers in many ways this season and recruits have taken notice. Early in November, the Tar Heels got their fifth wide receiver commitment for the class of 2009 when they landed Jheraine Boyd of Gastonia, N.C. As a junior, Boyd caught 47 passes that resulted in 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns. At 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, Boyd has good size to go along with 4.45 speed. He is the class of 2009's No. 7 wide receiver according to, who also ranks as the No. 67 player regardless of position. He had narrowed his choices North Carolina, Illinois, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, and Missouri before selecting the Tar Heels.

In June, Euless, Texas linebacker Earnest Norman committed to Kansas. But on November 8th, Norman took a visit to Nebraska to watch the Huskers play, of all teams, Kansas. Nebraska not only won the game, they got the 6-foot-0, 220-pound Norman to switch his commitment to them. In 2007, Norman was an honorable mention all-state and district defensive MVP selection after piling up 143 tackles for Trinity High School. Interestingly, he committed to Kansas with Trinity teammate Prinz Kande and will go to Nebraska with another teammate, Dontrayevous Robinson.

The College of the Sequoias annually sends players to FCS schools. The latest is wide receiver Jamar Howard, who will attend Cincinnati next fall. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Howard is originally from Cincinnati and signed with the Bearcats out of high school. But when the NCAA Clearinghouse did not accept one of his classes, he was forced to go the junior college route. Last year, he hauled in 47 balls for 781 yards and six touchdowns. Mark Dantonio was at Cincinnati when Howard was in high school and he recruited the four-star prospect again, but this time for Michigan State. Howard also held offers from Cal, Florida State, and Minnesota.

Oregon State has spent the month of November doing two things: winning football games and gaining commitments. The Beavers have gone 3-0 this month and received commitments from seven recruits. The most coveted of the seven is offensive tackle Grant Enger of Seattle. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Enger will need time to add size and strength, but he is very athletic for someone his size. He picked Oregon State over Washington and Stanford. The Beavers also landed quarterback Jack Lomax, the son of former NFL star Neil Lomax. So far this season, he has thrown for 2,802 yards, 39 touchdowns, and just 5 interceptions. The Beavers also received a commitment from Lomax's favorite target at Lake Oswego (Ore.) High School, wide receiver Micah Hatfield.

West Virginia picked up their own quarterback-wide receiver duo when they took in the commitments of quarterback Eugene Smith and wide receiver Stedman Bailey from Miramar (Fla.) High School. Smith appears to be a perfect fit for the West Virginia spread offense as he is a talented athlete that can run and throw. lists him as this year's No. 9 quarterback recruit and No. 63 overall prospect after he threw for 2,200 yards and 25 scores as a junior. He also looked at Alabama, Florida State, and South Florida. Bailey is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound speedster that caught 48 of Smith's passes for 1,022 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2007. He considered South Florida, Boston College, and South Carolina.

And the University of Washington received two commitments after the resignation of head coach Tyrone Willingham. The program had only four solid commits prior to his departure. Three-star tight end Marlion Bennett from Corona, Calif. chose the Huskies over Boise State, Fresno State, Oregon State, and UNLV. 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman Grant Cisneros of Sumner, Wash., who was receiving interest from Portland State, Idaho, and Eastern Washington, decided to commit after learning that the university was honoring all offers made by Willingham. Top Stories