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Recruiting Insider: July 22, 2007 - July 28, 2007

Vegas Summer Run Comes to an End

It was different in Vegas this summer after Sonny Vaccaro stepped away from the tournament scene. Reebok's tournament was smaller, but things went off just fine. Columnist Ed Graney, always with a sharp wit, delivers this gem as the Vegas summer run ends: Which side of the fence you sat...

By Josh Barr  | July 27, 2007; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VT Winning In-State; U-Md. Picks Up Tidewater WR

Man About Roanoke Doug Doughty writes that Virginia Tech is crushing rival Virginia on recruiting in the commonwealth, with WR Dyrell Roberts of Smithfield also likely to become a Hokie. Meantime, Maryland dipped into the Tidewater area on Thursday, taking a commitment from Oscar Smith WR Kerry Boykins....

By Josh Barr  | July 27, 2007; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Virginia Interested in Midwest Big Man

Having missed out on North Carolina-bound forward Ed Davis of Richmond, Virginia's interest is rising in St. Louis center John Brandenburg. He plans to visit Charlottesville in early September....

By Josh Barr  | July 27, 2007; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Way For Any Player to Improve

Here's a way for any player to do wonders for his or her game: Grow 10 inches in a matter of months. That's what Indiana high schooler Tyler Zeller claims to have done late in his freshman year. Now a rising senior, these schools are in hot pursuit of Zeller:...

By Josh Barr  | July 26, 2007; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Another Point Guard With Big Designs

Here's more from the kids-with-sizable-heads file. Point guard Brandon Jennings committed to USC last spring, then said he wouldn't play for the Trojans and picked Arizona. He'll be back at Oak Hill Academy this fall. Of playing in front of Arizona Coach Lute Olson this week in Las Vegas, Jennings...

By Josh Barr  | July 25, 2007; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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He Wants to Be Like Mike

Jeff Jordan might be the most heralded walk-on in college basketball. Michael Jordan's son will be a freshman this fall at Illinois and is enrolled in summer school. His roommate says that grown men ask for the chance to come up to their dorm room to meet Mike's son....

By Josh Barr  | July 24, 2007; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tall Nigerian Lands in Chicago

Kene Obi, a Nigerian who came to the Washington area and went to a Connecticut prep school, will play for DePaul "pending clarifications of eligibility and amateur standing by the school and the NCAA."...

By Josh Barr  | July 24, 2007; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Texas Point Guard Has Long List

A 6-4 point guard from Texas is tiring of being asked about his college list. For the record, Willie Warren said, it's Oklahoma followed by Texas, Kansas, Louisville, Cincinnati, Marquette, Kentucky and Arizona. As if that means anything. He'll be attending Oak Hill Academy in the fall....

By Josh Barr  | July 24, 2007; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. Tech Adds Two More Recruits

Virginia Tech continues to add to its list of early commitments. By adding a linebacker and a defensive back yesterday, the Hokies now have 15 recruits for the class of rising seniors....

By Josh Barr  | July 24, 2007; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mount St. Mary's Adds Late Recruit

Mount St. Mary's added a last-minute recruit to its group of incoming freshmen. Forward John Schwarz from Baltimore's Perry Hall High, averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds last season....

By Josh Barr  | July 24, 2007; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ESPN Unveils Its Own Recruiting Rankings

Welcome to the party, ESPN. Surely in conjunction with its foray into high school football all-star games, the cable network today came out with its list of the nation's top 150 recruits. Stonewall Jackson RB Ryan Williams checks in at No. 27, the highest of any local player. Westfield QB...

By Josh Barr  | July 23, 2007; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gators Blowout Events Yields a Kicker?

Initially, I had a good chuckle reading that Florida's "Friday Night Lights" recruiting event had landed the Gators one recruit: a placekicker. But upon further exmaination, it appears this could be a significant recruit. Caleb Sturgis. He made 8 of 18 attempts last year, though six of the tries were...

By Josh Barr  | July 23, 2007; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Polish Teen Is a Hoops Hit

Olek Czyz is a 15-year-old from Poland who has been in the U.S. for three years, going to school in Reno. Now, the 6-8, 235-pound forward is a top-tier recruit, already holding scholarship offers from Duke, Florida, Kansas and Arizona State. Wonder if hometown Nevada will be in the mix...

By Josh Barr  | July 23, 2007; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top Recruit Opts Out of Ohio St. Commitment

Forward Luke Babbitt originally committed to play for Ohio State before changing his mind and opting to stay close to home and play for Nevada. It's an unusual situation, a top prospect choosing the local school over the national powerhouse....

By Josh Barr  | July 23, 2007; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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