National Outlook

More than a month after signing day, the light at the end of the 2009 recruiting tunnel can finally be seen. Three top seniors recently signed their letters of intent while the nation's top prospect has set an announcement date.

Georgia signed two of the three uncommitted seniors including five-star tight end Orson Charles. In 2008, the Tampa native caught 75 balls for 1,440 yards and 21 touchdowns. His quarterback at Plant Senior High School, five-star prospect Aaron Murray, will continue to throw passes to the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Charles, as Murray has also signed on with the Bulldogs. Charles picked Georgia over USC and Tennessee.

The Bulldogs also landed Georgetown, S.C. lineman Kwame Geathers. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder was recruited as a defensive tackle and will start out on that side of the ball for Georgia, though an eventual shift to offensive tackle is not out of the question. Geathers comes from a family full of talented football players. His father played with the Buffalo Bills while his uncle, Jumpy, played 13 years in the NFL with four teams. He also has a brother on the Bengals and another brother at South Carolina. He selected the Bulldogs over Central Florida and Tennessee.

Tennessee may have missed out on Charles and Geathers, but they did sign Oklahoma City running back David Oku. At 5-foot-10, 185-pounds, Oku used his speed and shiftiness to pile up 5,802 rushing yards during his high school career, 1,905 of which came during his senior year. 23 of his 68 career touchdowns also occurred in 2008. His other two finalists were Auburn and Syracuse.'s top overall prospect will announce his college destination on Monday. Bryce Brown, the fast (and fasting) running back from Wichita, will choose Oregon, Miami, Tennessee, Clemson, LSU, or someone else on March 16th.

As for 2010 recruiting, it is more of the same: Texas continues to stockpile talent after another successful junior day. Eight recruits announced for Texas in the past two weeks and there are 19 names on their current 2010 commitment list. All 19 of their commitments are from the state of Texas. Among those to recently commit include Lufkin cornerback Carrington Byndom, who had offers from Oklahoma and Texas A&M; defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey from Tyler, who also had offers from Oklahoma and Texas A&M; and center Dominic Espinosa of Leander, who considered Texas A&M and LSU. The unfortunate news for the folks in College Station is that nearly all of Texas's committed prospects were also pursued by Texas A&M, who currently has three commitments that hold only Aggie offers.

One of the Longhorns' other chief rivals, Texas Tech, has secured three commitments so far this month. Red Raider head coach Mike Leach may have gotten the perfect replacement for graduating quarterback Graham Harrell. Four-star Denton, Texas product Scotty Young threw for 4,495 yards this past season in a spread offense that is very similar to the one run by Leach. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Young's 65 touchdown passes nearly eclipsed the state record of 67 which is held by Harrell. Arizona, Baylor, and SMU were some of his other offers.

Zachary Winbush was planning to commit to Missouri on March 10th when Texas Tech called and offered him a scholarship, which he immediately accepted. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Winbush plays safety at Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas but will probably move to linebacker once he adds some weight. Offensive tackle Troy Baker from Waco also committed to the Red Raiders, but he plans on visiting his hometown Baylor Bears and Oklahoma State with Missouri and UCLA still trying to get involved. One thing in Tech's favor is that his brother attended the Lubbock school.

LSU used a February 28th Junior Day to get five commitments, with a big one coming from a prospect that hails from Texas and Texas Tech country. Four-star wide receiver Mike Davis of Dallas caught 58 passes for 1,138 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior to earn all-state and district player of the year honors. Despite these awards, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Davis did not receive a Longhorn offer. He did, however, receive one from some other top schools such as Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Nebraska.

The Florida Gators picked up three commitments recently and two of those recruits will be trying to defend Mike Davis in future SEC battles. 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback Victor Hampton from Charlotte is a fluid athlete with good speed. He went with Florida over North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, and South Carolina. Safety Jonathan Dowling had a staggering 14 interceptions for Southeast High School in 2008, garnering player of the year honors from the Bradenton Herald. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Dowling selected Florida instead of his other favorite, Alabama. His impressive offer sheet also included Georgia, Miami, and Florida State. The champs other commitment came from Tampa tight end Michael McFarland. Top Stories