No D in ND (cont.)
Posted: Monday January 29, 2007 4:18PM; Updated: Monday January 29, 2007 7:20PM
Louisville steps up: Former coach Bobby Petrino didn't leave new coach Steve Kragthorpe with a great number of commitments, but the ex-Tulsa coach has worked wonders in a short amount of time. In the course of a week, Kragthorpe received seven commitments from some big-name players. The nation's No. 1 junior college player, cornerback Woodny Turenne, chose the Cardinals over offers from USC, Florida, Michigan and many others. Another big JUCO name, former Miami commitment Willie Williams, also committed during the week. Louisville also changed the minds of running back Victor Anderson (a former West Virginia commitment) and defensive back C.J. Peake (Wisconsin).
Saban working hard: New Alabama head coach Nick Saban is leaving no stone unturned while trying to come up with a strong recruiting finish this year. Saban secured two commitments over the weekend from sleeper tight end Chris Underwood and running back Demetrius Goode of Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military. Goode had been committed to Kentucky before his visit to Tuscaloosa. Saban also impressed Mobile (Ala.) Davidson safety Michael McNeil. The 6-2, 200-pound McNeil now lists Alabama along with Florida State, Tennessee and Auburn. Five-star RB recruit Noel Devine from North Ft. Myers, Fla., stopped by Alabama's campus after visiting Florida State on Saturday. Devine appears to be down to Alabama, FSU and West Virginia.
Early start: Texas A&M held its first junior day for the class of 2008 and came away with six commitments -- with the possibility of more to come. Houston (Tex.) Yates defensive end Damian Square and offensive lineman Leroy Chevalier highlighted the early commitments. All six commitments are from the state of Texas.
Tidbits: Oklahoma State received a commitment from wide receiver Dez Bryant from Lufkin, Texas. Bryant chose the Cowboys over Texas A&M and Texas Tech. ... Oregon continues their strong effort in with a commitment from Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa athlete Malachi Lewis. Lewis, one of the nation's top 250 players, picked Oregon over offers from Georgia, Nebraska, Cal and others. ... Tennessee won the battle for junior college safety Nevin McKenzie from Athens (Texas) Trinity Valley Community College. McKenzie had also been considering Florida, Arkansas and Oklahoma. ... Running back Lennon Creer of Tatum, Texas, is expected to announce his decision between Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State either Thursday or Friday. ... Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen defensive end Sidell Corley has de-committed from Florida and will choose between Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma.