Underclassmen update: 3 top juniors declare

Coming off a weekend that saw Texas junior quarterback Vince Young reverse course and declare for the 2006 NFL draft, word comes of three additional juniors from the defensive side of the ball who are making the jump. We also have the latest on receiver Ryan Moore of Miami, who may be having a change of heart after coaching purges in the land of the Hurricanes.

As we originally reported on New Year's Day, a pair of South Carolina defensive backs will publicly announce their decision to turn pro today. Safety Ko Simpson and his roommate, cornerback Johnathan Jackson, are entering the draft.

Simpson, who attended South Carolina for just 2 1/2 years, has played with the first team since his freshman season. There are concerns about Simpson's speed and he needs to run a good 40-yard dash time at the upcoming NFL Combine. Jackson, a solid corner, had a terrific campaign last year and could move up boards.

Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims also officially announced he will enter the draft. An explosive defender, he is likely an early second-round choice at worst.

Also, as reported last Wednesday, Kansas cornerback\receiver\kick returner Charles Gordon has made his jump official. Gordon also is a top 45 selection.

The tight end position got a little stronger today when Anthony Fasano of Notre Dame elected to enter the draft. A finalist for the John Mackey Award, Fasano totaled 47 catches for 576 yards and two touchdowns last year, the second-best single-season receptions total ever produced by a Notre Dame tight end. He's a player the 49ers might take a look at if he's still around in the third round or lower.

We've been telling you since October that Miami Hurricane receiver Ryan Moore was set to enter the draft. But after the team purged four coaches, offensive coordinator Dan Werner among them, Moore may be having a change of heart.

Sources have told us Moore had not been communicating with Werner throughout the season, angered that passes had not been coming his way. Now with Werner being let go, a new offensive coordinator on the horizon and the promise of more involvement in the offense next season, Moore is in limbo as to what his next move will be.

The topper could be his suspension from the Peach Bowl, which will not sit well with NFL scouts. Sources also told us that Hurricane coaches explained to Moore that they cannot exactly give a ringing endorsement to NFL scouts and general managers when they ask for opinions about the big receiver.

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