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May 31, 2006

Texas tidbits: Another QB off the board

While Michigan, Miami, LSU, and Arizona State have already received a commitment from a Lone Star quarterback prospect, the state of Texas doesn't look likely to quiet down with quarterback recruiting anytime soon.

Texas Tech, Alabama, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Tennessee and several other schools are still looking for a quarterback. That comes on the heels of another big quarterback to end his process early with Brenham, Texas standout Jarrett Lee making his commitment to LSU on Tuesday of this week.

"Everything that it was about, everything that was presented to me, the campus, the coaches, the facilities, the atmosphere, the academics, and everything they presented me I just fell in love with," Lee said about the Tigers. "I came back home and I couldn't get it out of my head, so I just figured do it now and I'm relieved and excited about being a Tiger."

The Red Raiders and Huskers looked to have Lee pegged as their top uncommitted quarterback prospect before his early decision. Now both schools, along with many others will scour the state and the nation for the next big target.

Don't think that Lee will be the last big Texas quarterback prospect to make his commitment early and fill another big need for one program.

Dallas Episcopal's Brock Mansion, Allen's Nathan Dick, Wylie's Patrick Witt, Gilmer's G.J. Kinne, and Beaumont Westbrook's Joe Chaisson are just a few top signal callers that are still on the board.

Mansion's offer list has increased considerably. His offers include California, Tulane, Tulsa, Baylor, Indiana, UTEP, Mississippi State, and others.

Dick's raw ability has earned him offers from Baylor, Rice, and SMU. Witt moved in from the heavily recruited city of Atlanta and now has offers from Indiana, Tulane, Wisconsin, and UTEP since become a Texas prospect.

Who will be the next big prospect on the radar? It's hard to tell right now because there are plenty of options in Texas.

Cowboys go to Central Texas again for commit

The central portion of Texas is definitely a high priority for Oklahoma State. Last year, the Cowboys picked up top performers from the region including four-star defensive back Perrish Cox.

This year, OSU started off early with the pickup of Schertz defensive tackle Tyrell Higgins. The CenTex list went from one to two when the 6-foot-4, 268-pound offensive lineman Jonathan Rush gave his pledge this past week.

"I figure if I had waited, I would have still probably picked OSU because they were the school that I liked," Rush said. "I knew I was going to pick them pretty much and it was just a matter of getting it off of my mind."

SMU and Arizona were close to offering, according to Rush, but says it's a solid commitment no matter who else comes down the path with a late offer.

"I definitely don't plan on decommitting," Rush said.

Hold the phone

Rising defensive prospect Travis Lewis told Rivals.com late last week that a commitment was possibly coming soon.

When he spoke with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops about his decision, Stoops gave him a piece of advice which has stretched things out a little longer.

"He told me that they would be happy to have me, but if I was going to commit, then I needed to be committed to them," Lewis said. "Basically he meant that they didn't want me taking more visits or talking to other schools.

"I can respect that, so I decided to wait a little longer and think things over."

Southern Cal is now involved and showing interest. His offer list is definitely not short either. Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and others are on the list along with the Sooners.

However, it looks like Lewis will wait things out quite a bit longer than originally expected.

Tight end debate?

Many agree at that early Texas commit, tight end Ahmard Howard is arguably the state's best at the position. There seems to be more argument on who is the No. 2 guy on that list.

Judging by the recent increase in offers and outstanding NIKE camp numbers, Round Rock's Alex Russian is one of the more talked about possibilities. Russian showed up in College Station for the event, measured in at 6-foot-4, 222-pounds and posted a 4.66 40-yard dash. That was on top of a 33-inch vertical and a 4.37-second shuttle time.

Since then, his first offer from Oklahoma State was joined by UTEP, Kansas State, and LSU.

Of course another NIKE Camp riser that made a great argument with his performance is San Antonio Churchill's Ian Harris. The 6-foot-3, 217-pounder posted a 4.76 40-yard dash and had great performances in one-on-ones. He went from zero offers to several with Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Utah joining the mix early.

Many also bring up Irving's Dante Pinchback, but the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder may have a bigger future inside on the offensive line. Pinchback is also working hard in the classroom to sure up academic concerns.

Galveston Ball's Frank Avery is also a top prospect that several schools have jumped in early on and his big frame has college coaches wondering just how much weight and ability he can add in his first year of college.

Etc.

Summer camps are already starting and Jermaine Love is one top prospect that recently returned from a stop at Oklahoma State's event in the Dallas area...Love now holds offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Washington State, and TCU...The commitment of quarterback Jarrett Lee to LSU may have an effect not only on his teammates but also wide receiver Terrance Toliver...Toliver has been looking heavily at LSU and seems to be even more interested in the Tigers with a top signal caller on board...Jarvis Jones plans on attending the Texas A&M camp this weekend, but seems to be leaning towards looking at all of his options and seeing which offers come before deciding.


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