Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Thomas Murphy, Mobile Register: It's Senior Bowl week in Mobile, and it can be a make-or-break week for many of the players.

Mick McGrane: San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State coach Chuck Long, who said his recruiting approach would be to "build a fence" around San Diego County, has received verbal commitments from two more area players.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Bellevue High offensive lineman Stephen Schilling, the top prospect in the state of Washington, eliminated USC and will choose from Michigan, California and Washington.

Charles Durrenberger, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona added more beef up front with the commitment of Hawaiian defensive tackle Lolomana Mikaele.

D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Andre Smith Jr., a standout offensive line prospect from Birmingham, is tired of the recruiting experience and is not close to making a decision (registration).

Chris Low, Tennessean: Tennessee beat Michigan for the services of Texas prep quarterback Nick Stephens.

Manny Navarro and Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Miami is gaining ground on the recruiting front with two commitments and is expecting a visit from Miami-Dade's top recruit this weekend (registration).

Joseph Person, Columbia State: Tight end Jonathan Hannah is the second player from Steve Spurrier's inaugural South Carolina recruiting class to leave.

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: In what will be remembered as a Sunday Special, Hawaii secured commitments from eight players.

Tim Bisel, Topeka Capital-Journal: New Kansas State coach Ron Prince has been going nonstop since he was named coach on Dec. 5.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska has been searching for gold in California junior colleges, but will this approach pay dividends?

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