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Central Florida

ORAL COMMITMENTS: LB John Andrews (6-1, 230), Atlanta Douglas; DB Garrin Bray (6-0, 205), Fort Lauderdale Stranahan; LB Savarris Brown (6-1, 220), Fort Myers; WR Tavaris Capers (5-8, 155), Miami Jackson; RB Andreal Curry (6-2, 230), Titusville Astronaut/Milford (Conn.) Prep; OL Steve Edwards (6-5, 350), West Hills College (Chicago)/Coalinga (Calif.) High; TE Michael Gaines (6-3, 255), Tallahassee Florida High; OL Patrick Jenrette (6-8, 390), Alan Hancock CC (Calif.); WR James Gerald (5-8, 165), Miami Central; WR Marcus Glover (5-9, 165), Ocala Vanguard; WR Chris Giacone (6-0, 185), Westfield (N.J.); OL Alex Hernandez (6-5, 305), East Los Angeles CC; CB Alphonzo Hopkins (5-10, 175), Cairo (Ga.); RB Gerard Jackson (5-9, 190), Palm Bay; OL Travis Muse (6-5, 315), Arcadia DeSoto; LB Antoine Poe (6-1, 210), Lakeland Kathleen (signed in '99); WR Derek Ponder (5-11, 170), Ocala Vanguard (signed in '99); QB Jon Rivera (6-2, 185), Perth Amboy (N.J.); DL Chris Weeks (6-2, 270), Fort Lauderdale (signed in '99); DB Keith Whatley (5-11, 175), Atlanta Douglas; OL Tyewan Brown (6-4, 300), Miami Edison; OL Norman Lewis (6-3, 270), Port Charlotte.

THE LATEST: Even with Bray's commitment, the Knights still are looking for defensive help, particularly in the secondary. The loss of Javan Camon, a defensive back who commited to UCF but lost the offer when he asked if he could visit USF, could be forgotten if the Knights can sign Miami Senior defensive back Atari Bigby. Bigby spent time last week on campus before heading to Gainesville. He also is considering N.C. State. Plantation LB Richard White (6-3, 190) visited but is considering Ole Miss. UCF has found room for two more scholarships. DE Ryan Huffman and OL Earnest Holley have been kicked off the team for poor participation in practice and in the classroom, according to Web site.

_ Compiled by Roger Mills, Times wires.


ORAL COMMITMENTS: CB Cory Bailey (5-10, 165), Hialeah American; QB Brock Berlin (6-2, 200), Shreveport (La.) Evangel Academy; DB DeShawn Carter (6-1, 195), Ponchatoula, La.; TE/DE Ronald Dowdy (6-5, 235), Fayetteville, N.C., Pine Forest; LB/DE Kennard Ellis (6-3, 235), Southwest Mississippi CC; RB Willie Green (5-10, 200), Kissimmee Osceola; LB Travis Harris (6-3, 220), Decatur, Ga., Southwest DeKalb; WR Matt Jackson (5-11, 175), Live Oak Suwannee; DE Darrell Lee (6-5, 223), Krikwood, Mo.; DT Bennie Mills (6-3, 280) Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel; WR Carlos Perez (6-2, 195), Hoboken, N.J.; K/P Matt Piotrowicz (5-11, 225), Mount Carmel, Ill.; DB Gus Scott (5-11, 187), Jacksonville Trinity Christian; DL Ian Scott (6-4, 305), Gainesville; QB O.J. Small (6-3, 215), Jacksonville Forrest; OG Earnest Smith (6-4, 315), Jacksonville White; OT Shannon Snell (6-6, 310), Hillsborough; OL Chad Tidwell (6-4, 310), Tallahassee Lincoln; TE Ben Troupe (6-4, 240), Augusta, Ga., Butler; WR Reggie Vickers (5-11, 170), Belle Glade Glades Central; DE Bobby Williams Jr. (6-6, 246), New Smyrna Beach.

THE LATEST: Florida has 22 commitments, but several big-name players remain undecided. DL Santonio Thomas (6-3, 275) of Belle Glade Glades Central is expected to choose today from UF, Miami and Virginia Tech. At least three of the Gators' top recruits will not decide until Wednesday. OL Jonathan Colon (6-7, 275) of Miami Central will decide between UF and Miami; OL Max Starks (6-8, 345) of Orlando Lake Highland Prep between UF and FSU; and DB Tre Orr (6-2, 195) of Lake City Columbia between UF and Georgia. WR Kelvin Kight (6-0, 190) of Lithonia, Ga., was unable to visit for the second straight weekend because of bad weather.

_ Compiled by Joanne Korth.

Florida State

ORAL COMMITMENTS/TRANSFERS: WR/LB Michael Boulware (6-3, 200), Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley; DB Yohance Buchanan (6-1, 205), Atlanta Douglas; OL David Castillo (6-2, 280), Palm Beach Gardens; PK/P Brett Cimorelli (6-3, 220), Zephyrhills; WR Devard Darling (6-2, 200), Fort Bend (Austin, Texas); LB Devaughn Darling (6-2, 210), Fort Bend (Austin, Texas); LB Nathaniel Hardage (6-2, 220), Sylvester (Ga.) Worth Co.; LB Charles Howard (6-3, 210), Lake Butler Union County; LB Chad Mascoe (6-3, 225), Kissimmee Osceola; OL Bobby Meeks (6-3, 275), Nimitz (Texas); LB Kendyll Pope (6-2, 225), Lake City Columbia; DL Eric Powell (6-4, 275), Orlando Jones/Southwest Mississippi Community College; QB Chris Rix (6-3, 195), Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.); QB Fabian Walker (6-3, 200), Americus (Ga.); WR Javon Walker (6-3, 215), Jones County (Miss.) JC; DB B.J. Ward (6-5, 200), Dallas Kimball; OL Ray Willis (6-6, 256), Angleton (Texas).

THE LATEST: Not counting the four players already enrolled (Pope, Ward, Fabian Walker and Javon Walker), FSU has 13 commitments and could add as many as 10 more if it has its customary, 11th-hour flurry. A strong finish like last year could give the defending national champs one of the nation's best. Many of the nation's top names have said they won't announce their decisions until at least Wednesday, including five Parade All-Americans: LB D.J. Williams (6-2, 237), De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), the magazine's player of the year; DB Bryant McFadden (6-0, 170), Hollywood McArthur; LB Eric Moore (6-5, 225), Pahokee; DB O.J. Owens (6-0, 190), North Stanley (New London, N.C.); and DL Travis Johnson (6-5, 240), Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). Other prospects include OL Max Starks (6-8, 345), Orlando Lake Highland Prep; DB Leroy Smith (5-11, 170), Quincy Shanks; and RB Greg Jones (6-1, 230), Battery Creek (Beaufort, S.C.). Smith and Jones had orally committed only to balk. Smith is looking at Clemson. Jones, concerned with rumors that FSU would move him to LB or FB (FSU has told him he would be a TB), is considering Ohio State.

_ Compiled by Brian Landman.


ORAL COMMITMENTS: RB Kyle Cobia (6-2, 220) Lakeland; QB Derrick Crudup Jr. (6-3, 190) Deerfield Beach; WR Willie Dixon (5-10, 180) Stockton, Calif.; K Mark Gent (6-1, 200) Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas; OL Carlos Joseph (6-5, 315) Miami Edison; WR Alfonso Marshall (6-1, 180) Clewiston; LB Darrell McClover (6-1, 210) Coconut Creek; S Jared McClure (6-0, 185) Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff; RB Willis McGahee (6-1, 215) Miami Central; OL Chris Myers (6-5, 250) Miami Palmetto; QB T.J. Prunty (6-3, 195) St. Paul (Minn.) Academy; TE Willie Roberts (6-6, 220) Miami Southridge; OL Joel Rodriguez (6-2, 275) Miami Pace; LB Jonathan Vilma (6-1, 205) Coral Gables; CB Antonio Warren (6-1, 185) North Miami Beach; DT Vince Wilfork (6-1, 310) Lantana Santaluces Community.

THE LATEST: The Hurricanes received an oral commitment from the most productive kicker in the state, Mark Gent of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Gent kicked five extra points and a field goal in the Class 4A state championship victory.

_ Compiled by Chad Capellman.

South Florida

ORAL COMMITMENTS (18): QB Ronnie Banks (6-4, 208), New Orleans Lawless; DE Cedric Battles (6-3, 245), Wildwood; DT Howard Campbell (6-2, 245), Ocilla (Ga.) Irwin County; DB Javan Camon (6-0, 175), Punta Gorda Charlotte; RB Clenton Crossley (5-10{, 207), Bushnell South Sumter; DB Brian Dixon (6-3, 210), Wildwood; TE Mark Feldman (6-4, 230), Clearwater Central Catholic; RB/DB Bruce Gibson (5-10, 170), Punta Gorda Charlotte; OL Alex Herron (6-4, 275), New Smyrna Beach; RB Antwan Lundy (5-8, 180), Miami Central; DE Shurron Pierson (6-3, 220), Wildwood; OL Chris Rauth (6-4, 320), Lake Brantley; DB J.R. Reed (5-10, 180), Hillsborough; DB Kenny Robinson (5-11, 185), Pensacola Escambia; OL Derrick Sarosi (6-6, 285), Titusville Astronaut; DB Sidney Simpson (5-9, 175), Miami Northwestern; DL Devon Small (6-3, 265), Miami Pace; OL Mark Sopcik (6-4, 270), Land O'Lakes.

THE LATEST: Banks picked the Bulls over Kansas State. As a senior he completed about 53 percent of his passes for 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns, coach John Glapion said, then added: "If (the receivers) had just caught the balls he hit them with, he would have had close to 4,000 yards." USF also got commitments from Herron, who was considering Western Kentucky and Massachusetts, and Sopcik, who was touted by coach John Benedetto as the best offensive lineman in school history.

_ Compiled by Sharon Ginn.

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