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The deep end (cont.)

Posted: Friday May 18, 2007 6:24PM; Updated: Friday May 18, 2007 6:24PM
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By Mike Farrell, Special to SI.com, Rivals.com

Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes tight end Kavario Middleton is also a monster at 6-6, 250 pounds. He is arguably the best prospect in his state. He's a must-get for Tyrone Willingham and the Huskies.

A few other names to remember include Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford's Dwayne Allen (Georgia commitment), Maryville, Tenn., big man Aaron Douglas (Tennessee commitment), Dublin (Ohio) Coffman's Jake Stoneburner (Ohio State commitment) and Chandler, Ariz., athlete Dion Jordan (not committed).

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A good tight end can be a quarterback's best friend, and the combination of last year's quarterback class and this year's tight end class could lead to quite a few chummy relationships.

Long to play baseball: Offensive tackle/defensive end Kyle Long, the son of former NFL great Howie Long and the brother of Virginia standout Chris Long, won't be following in the tradition of his dad or brother. Long, one of the nation's top 25 football prospects, has committed to Florida State to play baseball. The 6-foot-7, 280-pounder from Charlottesville, Va., committed to FSU baseball coach Mike Martin last weekend and will forgo a potential football career. Long is a left-handed pitcher with a 92 mph fastball and amazing size. Long could be a first-round pick in next summer's baseball draft, and is the best football/baseball prospect since Joe Mauer.

Battle for Alabama: This is a huge year in the state of Alabama, with the most talent in the state in recent memory. Foley, Ala., wide receiver Julio Jones is the biggest prize, and is arguably one of the top three or four players in the nation. Mountain Brook, Ala., offensive tackle Tyler Love is one of the most coveted big men in the Southeast. The same can be said of Anniston's Antoine McClain. Two athletes, Prichard (Ala.) Vigor's Burton Scott and Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Mark Barron, could play multiple positions in college and have offers from several top programs. The best part, at least for recruiting fans, is that none of the five has committed to a school yet. While Auburn and Alabama will certainly be in the race, they'll be trying to fend off the out-of-state big boys as well this year.

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