Sources informed us LSU signal caller Jamarcus Russell was telling people this would be his last year on the college field before the season even began. That has not changed as Russell is soaring up draft boards and presently sits as the number two quarterback behind Brady Quinn.
Maryland defensive lineman Dre Moore has told people he will leave for the draft at season's end. The red-shirt junior is having an outstanding campaign since becoming a full-time starter. Possessing outstanding size, scouts feel pound-for-pound Moore is one of Maryland's best athlete's and will test well before the draft.
Defensive end Chris Ellis of Virginia Tech is also giving the impression he is seriously considering leaving for the NFL. Ellis has shown a lot of pass rush ability but is still undersized, unrefined and would benefit from another season in college.
Red Bryant of Texas A&M has told people if the NFL Advisory Committee gives him at least a second round grade he will enter the draft. Bryant, whose been suffering with a knee injury, is a terrific talent but has had an under-whelming campaign in '06.
USC linebacker Keith Rivers is likely to enter the draft. Upon coming to USC Rivers made it known his intention to leave for the NFL after his junior year. And while sources have told us Rivers recently had second thoughts about his original plan, most believe he will leave for the draft.
The news on another top junior from the Trojan program may not be as certain as we were first led to believe.
While it is very likely Sam Baker will enter the draft many feel his father David Baker, commissioner of the AFL and a former professional basketball player, is not too keen on his son leaving for the NFL so soon. Sources told us the father's influence will carry a lot of weight on his son's final choice.
Three juniors from Florida will all ask the NFL Advisory Committee to forecast their future in next April's draft. It is likely that the Gator defensive trio which includes Reggie Nelson, Brandon Siler and Jarvis Moss will end up leaving Gainesville in January for the next level.