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Monday, July 8, 2002
Irizarry commits to Buckeyes

By Bill Hodge
FANSonly.com

One of the nation's top tight end prospects, Louis Irizarry of Youngstown-Ursuline, Ohio, has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes over Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma and Michigan, among many others.

More Football News:
Big Ten:
Minnesota pledged defensive lineman Steve Shidell of Coon Rapids, Minn., and offensive lineman Jeff Sundsmo of St. Paul-Highland Park, Minn.

Big 12:
Receiver Tyrell Gatewood of Tyler-Chapel Hill, Texas, has chosen Texas A&M over Texas.

Quarterback Adam Barmann of Weston-West Platte, Mo., committed to Kansas.

Big East:
Syracuse pledged defensive lineman Tony Jenkins of West Springfield, Va., over UConn, Kent State and Utah State.

ACC:
Virginia has a pledge from running back/linebacker James Terry of Lake Ridge-Woodbridge, Va., over Pittsburgh.

North Carolina pledged defensive lineman Scott Lenahan of Kennesaw-Harrison, Ga., over Michigan.

Running back/defensive back Monte Anthony of Winston-Salem/Carver, N.C., pledged to Wake Forest.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of Prospects/Commitments/By Conference. Players will be added and updated daily.

Class 2003 Top 150:
Quarterbacks and offensive linemen lead the early list of Top 150 Prospects/Commitments.

"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
"Big Ten States": Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Pa, Ohio, Mich, Minn, Wis.
"Big 12 States": Okla, Missouri, Iowa, Neb, Kansas, Colo, Texas.
"SEC States": Florida, Tenn, SoCarol, Kty, Georgia, Ala, Ark, Miss, La.
"ACC States": Florida, NoCarol, SoCarol, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia.
"Pac-10 States": California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington.
"Big East States": Florida, Pa, New Jersey, New York, Mass, Va, WVa.

Football Commitments/Signings
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003: Database/Top Prospects/Conference.
Class 2002: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2001: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2000: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1999: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1998: Database.
Class 1997: Database.

BASKETBALL

Top News:
Top 100 senior forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill., who was released from DePaul following a coaching change, has chosen UConn over Texas A&M and Seton Hall.

Sophomore guard Orien Greene of Gainesville, Fla., who started 30 games for Florida last season, will transfer to Louisiana-Lafayette.

Class 2003 Top 100 forward Chris Richard of Lakeland-Kathleen, Fla., committed to Florida over Auburn, Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Florida State, Maryland and Indiana.

Brandon Jenkins, a Class 2003 Top 100 guard from Detroit-Southeastern, Mich., picked Louisville over Missouri, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, North Carolina State and Texas.

Class 2003 guard Jimmy Hudson of Eustis, Fla., committed to Clemson over South Florida, West Virginia, Tulane and Miami (Fla.).

Class 2003 guard Gerald Brown of Baltimore-Frederick Douglass, Md., picked Providence.

Michigan State pledged Class 2004 guard Drew Neitzel of Grand Rapids-Wyoming Park, Mich., who averaged 24.7 points as a sophomore.

Class 2004 guard Adam Williams of St. Albans, W.Va., picked Kentucky.

Class 2003:
Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments. Players will be added and updated daily.

Class 2003 Top 100:
Forward/guard LeBron James leads the early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments.

Class 2002:
Duke-bound J.J. Redick led the East past West, 138-107, in the 2002 McDonald's All American Game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Stories/Rosters for 2002, 2001, 2000).

Sixteen of the top men's basketball players 18-years-old or younger have been named finalists for 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team (Story).

Class 2002 Top 25 Classes:
Duke led the Top 25 Classes.

Class 2002 Top 100:
Ninety-six prospects verballed or signed from the Class 2002 Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (4): Forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J. (NBA, not drafted); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA, taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA, not drafted) and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College).

NBA 2002 Draft:
The NBA selected only one high school and a single junior college prospect during the 2002 draft: Center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla., was taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix, while Portland took forward Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., at No. 21 in the first round. Sending a message to inexperienced hopefuls, the NBA passed on three other high school/prep school prospects: forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine. Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington, earlier withdrew his name from the draft. He has not qualified for the Huskies. Seven junior college players who entered the draft were not chosen: forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala.; guard Cordell Billups of Pierce CC, Wash.; forward/center Lee Benson of Brown Mackie CC, Kan.; center Rashid Hardwick of Eastern Oklahoma State CC, Okla.; Kei Madison of Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla.; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; and forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif. Last season, five of the six high school players who declared for the draft were selected, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. None made an impact during their rookie season.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/ Women: Database.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Class Rankings/Women: Database.

Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at FANSonly.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to FANSonly.com's Recruiting Page.