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A look at the recent Hot News items you may have missed, covering shooting guard Tim Jarmusz, basketball center Jared Berggren, tight end Andrew Devlin, defensive lineman Antoine Carter, defensive end Mike Garrity and safety Andrew Gladness.

Tim Jarmusz: 2007 prospect commits to Badgers

Tim Jarmusz, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard prospect at Oshkosh (Wis.) West High School, has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin men's basketball program for the class of 2007.

Jarmusz was an honorable-mention all-state choice by the Associated Press and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel following his junior season; he competed for an undefeated Wildcats (26-0) team that won the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 state championship. He was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in three state tournament games.

All told his junior season Jarmusz averaged 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He made 50.2 percent of his field goal attempts, including 37 percent of his 3-pointers (34 of 92) and 73.3 percent of his free throws.

Jarmusz is Wisconsin's first verbal commitment for the class of 2007. He received a scholarship offer from the Badgers yesterday, and chose UW over offers from Northwestern, UW-Green Bay and Loyola.

—Jonathan Linder,

Antoine Carter: Fla. DL adds offers

Antoine Carter had an outstanding spring game and when the tape of that performance went out to college coaches, the offers added up.

"I just wanted to let you know that Ohio State, Southern Miss, Wisconsin, Auburn, and Mississippi are the ones to offer," Carter said. "After the fourth of July, Georgia Tech said they're gonna let me know. I think they're close to doing it too."

Carter, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, said he's also waiting to hear from a few other schools. His father spoke to Miami assistant coach Tim Walton earlier this week.

"They wanted tape so I sent it in," Mr. Carter said. "He said they like it and it's on Larry Coker's desk right now. A lot of coaches from different schools are on vacation right now."

The Miami (Fla.) Bay Point standout isn't ready to single out a list of favorites just yet.

"I like whoever wants me," he said. "I don't really have a favorite or anything. I just wanna play ball."

—Mike Bakas,

Jared Berggren: Junior has Big Ten offer

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jared Berggren, a 6-foot-10 class of 2008 center prospect at Princeton (Minn.) High School, has received a scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin men's basketball program.

— staff

Andrew Devlin: Narrows list to six

Ranked the 34th best prospect in the East by, tight end/offensive lineman Andrew Devlin is nearing his decision, and in preparation, has narrowed his list of favorites down to six schools.

"Iowa, Pitt, Virginia, Boston College, Stanford, and Wisconsin are the six schools currently on my list," Devlin said. "If Michigan, Ohio State, or Notre Dame decided to offer me, I'd be willing to consider them, also. Otherwise, my hope is to make my decision on Aug. 13, which is the day before we start three-a-days."

In the past month, Devlin has made unofficial visits to Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Boston College, Pitt, Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. In May, he also made an unofficial visit out to Stanford.

Those visits helped him narrow his current list down to six schools, and according to Devlin, it is a close race.

"There are two schools that are a little above the others right now, but there isn't much separation, at all," added Devlin, who plans to major in pre-med in college. "Really, all six schools are very close, and I know I couldn't go wrong in choosing any of them. I have to sit down and talk things over with my parents and coach. I feel I know everything I need to know about each school."

Part of that knowledge is what position he will play on the collegiate level.

"Iowa is the only school that has told me I'll play offensive tackle coming in as a freshman. Otherwise, all the schools have said I'll start out at tight end, and if I get too big, then I'll make the move. It doesn't matter to me, really, as long as I'm playing the position that will help the team the most," Devlin stated.

Devlin holds a 4.4 GPA and scored an 1860 on the SAT.

—Josh Clark,

Andrew Gladness: JUCO safety with four offers

Andrew Gladness, originally from Goose Creek-Stratford, (S.C.), has spent the past year at Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, (Pa.). The former prep standout has four scholarship offers and is receiving interest from across the country.

"I have received offers from Louisville, Arkansas State, Wisconsin and Kansas State," Gladness said. "I am receiving interest from a lot of other schools but, those are the main ones. Louisville sends me mail almost every other day.

"Schools like South Carolina, Oklahoma and USC are showing interest as well. USC wants me as a cornerback but, I told them I am almost up to 200 pounds. I know they have already picked up a safety in this year's class."

Florida was his dream team coming out of high school and the chance to play for coach Ron Zook. Gladness was recruited by coach Zook after his arrival at Illinois.

"Coach Zook really wanted me at Illinois," Gladness said. "I found out I had to go to Juco. I was heading to Butler Community College on scholarship but their coach left. I really didn't know what to do. I got in touch with Mr. [Bob] Lichtenfels [ Northeast recruiting analyst]. He told me about Lackawanna. I sent my highlight film to them. They got back in touch with me and said I had a scholarship to come there."

Gladness remains interested in the Gators despite the departure of the former coach. Several other schools have his attention as well.

"I'm still waiting on Florida," he said. "I want to see what they are going to do. Clemson is recruiting me very hard. I am real interested in them. Auburn has sent me some mail. I wouldn't mind going there. Mississippi State and Ole Miss are schools I am interested in as well.

"If I can take a few visits this summer I would like to visit Wisconsin and Kansas State."

Gladness is one of the top sleeper prospects in the country. He split time as a safety his freshman year and improved several aspects of his game.

"I run a 4.4 (second) 40 (yard dash) electronically and a 4.3 40 hand time," he said. "I have a 36-inch vertical jump. It used to be 40 inches but I quit working on it. I recently bench pressed 225 pounds 13 times. I squatted 425 pounds five times.

"The thing that has really stood out to everyone is my standing broad jump. I jumped a 11-7. My coaches couldn't believe it. I had to ask them if that was good. They told me if the right coaches get a hold of that I could write my own ticket."

Gladness will return to Lackawanna in July after spending the past two months at home with his family. He is on pace to graduate.

"I had to come home and work this summer instead of taking class in order for me to graduate in December," he said. "I will graduate in the spring. I have a 2.8 GPA."

—Andrew Bone,

Mike Garrity: Decides to stay home

Batavia, Ill. defensive end Mike Garrity has decided to be the next piece to the Fighting Illini puzzle. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound product of Batavia High School made it official on Thursday, pledging his services to the University of Illinois.

"It just felt like home," Garrity said. "It is close to home, I love the coaches, and my best friend's brother James Ryan goes there so I had him talking about them to me."

Garrity chose Illinois over Michigan in the end. "Michigan had sort-of offered me. Coach (Lloyd) Carr told me the ball was in my court, but I never got anything in writing," Garrity said. "I was also being recruited pretty hard by Western Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin."

Garrity does not plan on making any more visits to other schools right now. "I think I am pretty solid and I will not visit any other schools," Garrity said. "I will definitely take my official visit to Illinois this fall. I will also try to get up the campus as often as I can just to be around all the guys on the team and everything."

—Cory James,

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