The top three football players in the nation remain uncommitted but quarterback Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette, Pa., running back Darrell Scott of Ventura, Calif., and wide receiver Julio Jones of Foley, Ala., are getting closer to making their decisions.
Pryor wants to play football and basketball in college and Ohio State appears to have an edge over West Virginia. Pryor also is rated among the top 50 basketball prospects in the country.
Scott is leaning to Colorado because his uncle, who is one year older, is a freshman there.
Jones, the best prospect to come out of Alabama since Bo Jackson, is said to be leaning to Alabama. He could be this year's version of Regus Benn, last year's top-rated receiver who opted for Illinois.
And what does the future hold for Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall? Will he stay at Illinois for his senior year or will he opt for the NFL draft?
If he stays, Mendenhall could lead Illinois to the Big Ten championship and perhaps a top 10 rating nationally. If he leaves, coach Ron Zook doesn't appear to have a quality running back to replace him.
But the NFL is tempting. The track record of big-time running backs is to leave college in their third year becauase they take more of a pounding than any other position on the field and their shelf life in the NFL isn't very long. So they choose to leave college early to take advantage of playing time while they still are healthy.