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May 29, 2007

Buckeyes lead the way with six Rivals100 commits

With today's release of the Rivals100, Rivals.com recruiting analyst JC Shurburtt looks at four schools that have done the best job of wrapping up some of the nation's top talent early in this recruiting cycle.

Ohio State (Six Rivals100 prospects)

The Buckeyes have six Rivals100 prospects on their commit list, including five-star offensive lineman Michael Brewster of Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater, the nation's top overall offensive line prospect. Rivals100 wide receiver DeVier Posey of Cincinnati LaSalle and Rivals100 offensive tackles J.B. Shugarts of Klein (Texas), Devoe Torrence of Massillon (Ohio) Washington and Jake Stoneburner and Mike Adams of Dublin Coffman round out the Rivals100 prospects currently on the commit list. Ohio State, however, has an excellent shot at most of the other Ohio prospects, among others, in the Rivals100. The Buckeyes also have a good shot at the nation's No. 1 overall prospect, dual-threat quarterback Terrelle Pryor of Jeanette (Pa.). This could be a break-out year on the recruiting trail for one of the decade's best programs.

Georgia (Five Rivals100 prospects, two five stars)

The Bulldogs currently have two of the nation's top six prospects committed in wide receiver A.J. Green of Summerville S.C., and defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson of Statesboro, Ga. Rivals100 running back Richard Samuel of Cartersville (Ga.) Cass, Rivals100 wide receiver Tavarres King of Mount Airy (Ga.) Habersham Central and Rivals100 defensive end Cornelius Washington of Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County also are committed to the Bulldogs. Georgia is also involved with several more prospects on the list, including in-state offensive guard A.J. Harmon of Louisville Jefferson County and running back Dontavius Jackson of Franklin Heard County, among others. During the tenure of Mark Richt, Georgia has had excellent recruiting classes. But this class could be special even by the Dawgs' lofty standards.

Oklahoma (Three Rivals100 prospects, Three five stars)

It's no secret that the University of Oklahoma has to recruit the state of Texas well in order to compete for National Championships. This recruiting cycle, the Sooners have struck a mighty blow to other states wishing to pursue Lone Star State talent. OU has captured three of the four five-stars from Texas, including Van running back Jermie Calhoun - the state's top overall prospect. Keller Fossil Ridge defensive end R.J. Washington also is a five-star prospect and is one of the top pass rushers in the country. Paris offensive tackle Stephen Good is one of several five-star players at the position. Wrapping those three up early was tremendous, but OU is not done. The Sooners also remain strongly in the mix for five-star linebacker Arthur Brown of Wichita (Kan.) East and in-state receiver Jameel Owens of Muskogee.

Committed prospects in the Rivals100
School Commits
Ohio State 6
Georgia 5
Texas 4
Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA 3 each
USC, FSU, Arizona 2 each
Miami, Clemson 1 each
Texas (Four Rivals100 prospects)

Like Ohio State, the Longhorns have four Rivals100 prospects currently committed. Angleton (Texas) cornerback prospect D.J. Monroe is one of the most explosive players in the Lone Star State in this year's class. He's a talented, fast running back in addition to being a high-level corner. Another in-state cornerback prospect, Aaron Williams of Round Rock McNeil, has great size and tremendous upside. Defensive tackle Jarvis Humphrey of Cedar Hill and Allen receiver Dan Buckner are committed to the Longhorns. Five-star defensive end Chancey Aghayere of Garland and Rivals100 wide receiver Jeff Fuller of McKinney Boyd are two of the top 100 prospects left on the board that the Horns are pursuing. Mack Brown and company are known for getting off to red-hot starts on the recruiting trail, and this year is no different judging by the talent that has already been assembled in this class.

Others with Rivals100 commitments: Michigan, Nebraska, UCLA (three Rivals100 prospects each), Southern California (two Rivals100 prospects, two five-stars), Notre Dame (three Rivals100 prospects, one five-star), Florida State (two Rivals100 prospects, one five-star), Arizona (two Rivals100 prospects), Miami (one five-star), Clemson (one five-star).

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