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Monday, July 29, 2002
Updated: July 30, 11:20 AM ET
Borseti to N.D.; Michigan adds two pledges

By Bill Hodge
CollegeSports.com

The Fighting Irish, Michigan and Texas have gained promising football commitments.

Notre Dame has a verbal from linebacker Nick Borseti of Danvers-St. John's Prep, Mass., over offers from Virginia and Syracuse.

The Michigan Wolverines pledged offensive lineman/tight end Adam Kraus of New Orleans-Brother Martin, La., over Colorado, Florida and LSU; and linebacker Jim Presley of Highland-Milford, Mich., over Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Maryland, among others.

Texas has a commitment from Top 150 defensive back Michael Griffin of Austin-Bowe, Texas, over Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor, LSU and TCU, among others.

Nebraska pledged receiver/defensive back Andy Birkel of Lincoln-Southeast, Neb., over interest in Kansas State and Iowa.

The California Bears have a commitment from offensive/defensive lineman Leon Drummer of Berkeley-St. Mary's Prep, Calif., over Washington and Colorado, among others. The Bears added four signees for this fall: linebacker Ryan Estes of Modesto-Downey, Calif./Modesto CC, Calif.; receiver Junior Brignac of Reseda-Cleveland, Calif., who originally signed with Washington as a prep and then played six years in the Atlanta Braves farm system; running back Steve Torgersen of Palo Alto, Calif./Foothill CC, Calif.; and receiver Joe Crenshaw of Inglewood-Gardena, Calif./El Camino CC, Calif.

Colorado has a commitment from defensive back Lionel Harris of Alvin, Texas, over Pittsburgh.

Maryland has a pledge from defensive back Joshua Wilson of Upper Marlboro-DeMatha Catholic, Md., over North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia.

Vanderbilt pledged defensive back Johnny Edwards of Fayetteville-Starr's Mill, Ga., over Duke, Stanford and Wake Forest. The Commodores recently gained defensive lineman Greg Jacobs of Midlothian/Fork Union MA, Va., over interest from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Boston College, Maryland, UConn and Virginia.

Tulane has a verbal from offensive lineman Aryan Barto of Houston-Stratford, Texas.

Oklahoma State pledged quarterback Mike Friess of Wichita-Bishop Carroll, Kan.

Iowa has added two SEC transfers: offensive lineman David Walker of Lauderdale Lakes-Boyd Anderson, Fla./Auburn; and running back Ray Perkins of Fort Lauderdale-Dillard, Fla./Vanderbilt/Southeast Missouri State. Both will redshirt the 2002 season.

Cincinnati pledged receiver Bill Poland of Cincinnati-Elder, Ohio.

East Carolina has a pledge from quarterback/defensive back Pierre Parker of Wilson-Beddingfield, N.C. The Pirates recently gained offensive lineman Matthew Brim of Belews Creek-Carver, N.C., over interest from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Colorado State pledged running back/linebacker Bob Vomhof of Gillette-Campbell County, Wyo.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of Prospects/Commitments/By Conference.
Quarterbacks and offensive linemen lead the early list of Top 150 Prospects/Commitments.
More players projected to make a major impact: Super Prospects.

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

BASKETBALL

Top News:

Top 100 guard Gary Ervin of Brooklyn-Robeson, N.Y./Notre Dame Academy, Mass., is headed to Mississippi State over offers from Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Memphis, Providence and Rutgers.

Will Bowers, an outstanding center from Severn-Archbishop Spaulding, Md., has pledged to Maryland over Notre Dame, Stanford, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Florida State, Providence, Purdue and Charlotte.

The Missouri Tigers gained a commitment from forward Ousmane Konate of Africa/France/Bridgton Academy, Maine.

Alabama gained a commitment from forward Akini Atkins of Tallahassee-Leon, Fla., over LSU, Florida State and Tennessee.

Regis Koundjia, a Top 100 forward from Central Africa Republic/Laurinburg Prep, N.C., has reaffirmed his earlier pledge to LSU.

Class 2003:
Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments.
Forward/guard LeBron James leads the early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments.
More players projected to make a major impact: Super Prospects.

Class 2002:
Duke led the Top 25 Classes.

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, first round to Phoenix); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA, not drafted); and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College).

Final team selections made for 2002 USA Men's Junior National Team (Story).

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).

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. 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:
CollegeSports: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100/Women: Database.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/ Women: Database.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Top Classes/Women: Database.

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