Football Recruiting Roundup

The Football Recruiting Roundup returns this week to fill you in on the top prospects in the Class of 2005 who have already made commitments and shed light on an increasing trend among top recruits to graduate early.

Leading the way among the early commitments is Tuscola High (N.C.) QB Jonathan Crompton, who pledged to Tennessee last week over the likes of Georgia, Nebraska, Virginia and North Carolina.

Crompton completed 111 passes for 224 yards (49.6 percent) for 1,652 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions last year. He added 171 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground.

But Crompton wasn't the only highly recruited quarterback to make a commitment in June.

De La Salle High (Calif.) QB Kevin Lopina recently pledged to Oregon State. Lopina passed for 661 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 233 yards and seven touchdowns last year before suffering a season-ending ACL injury.

Iowa also gained a commitment from a top signal caller in Lockport High (Ill.) QB Jake Christensen. Christensen completed 188-of-296 passes for 3,037 yards, 30 touchdowns and only seven interceptions last year while leading Lockport to its second straight Class 8A state title. …

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Georgia received commitments from arguably the most explosive offensive tandem in the country in QB Joe Cox and WR Mohamed Massaquoi of Independence High (N.C.).

Cox had originally committed to Duke, but decommitted from the Blue Devils in favor of the Bulldogs. He completed 237-of -373 passes for 3,983 yards and 43 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions last season while leading Independence to its fourth straight Class 4A state title.

Massaquoi was his favorite target, hauling in 87 passes for 1,518 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was named All-State along with Cox. …

The University of Virginia is the school that has made the biggest splash with 18 commitments in the early recruiting season.

The Cavaliers biggest commitment so far has been from Plainfield High (N.J.) OL Eugene Monroe, the nation's top offensive lineman. Monroe picked Virginia over schools such Oklahoma, LSU, Miami, Iowa, Ohio State, Boston College and Penn State. He recorded 47 pancake blocks last season.

Other top players who've committed to Virginia include Gretna High (Va.) QB Vic Hall, Salem High (N.J.) LB Lamont Robinson and Holy Cross High (N.Y.) WR Kevin Ogletree. …

An increasing trend among the nation's top recruits is to graduate early and get a head start in college.

Such is the case this year with the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) WR/QB/DB Derrick Williams, Niles West High (Ill.) RB Rashard Mendenhall and East Grand Rapids High (Mich.) RB Kevin Grady Jr..

In fact, Mendenhall (Illinois) and Grady (Michigan) have already made commitments and plan on heading to school in time for their spring semesters.

Williams, the nation's top ranked recruit, will announce his college destination in December and head to the school of his choice soon after. According to Williams, his decision to graduate early gives him a head start not only on the football field, but in the classroom as well.

"It's just a big advantage for me in getting a head start in college," says Williams. "You get 12 credits in the spring and then six at each summer session. You've got 24 credits right there before you even start in the fall. On the field, you get familiar with the team and with the coaching staff."

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