Prep stars make final decisions

By DALLAS COOK
STAR Staff

   Now that all the suspense and drama has ended, it's time to see where this year's top high school football recruits will be spending their college careers at.
   The big story surrounding the college football ranks was the decision of runningback Lorenzo Booker (Ventura St. Bonaventure high school, Ca.) who waited until the last minute to make his announcement.
   While most recruits are staying close to home to play college ball, Booker (5'11", 175 lbs.) made it final that he would attend Florida State University this coming fall and play for coach Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles.
   In his senior year Booker rushed for 3,103 yards on 212 carries including 49 touchdown runs to go along with 313 yards receiving with 30 catches and four touchdowns.
   Being recruited by just about every D-1 school, Booker narrowed it down between Florida State, Washington, Notre Dame and Southern California before his choice.
   Other top players around the country was the number one rated player Ben Olsen. Olsen (6'5", 210 lbs.) chose to play quarterback at Brigham Young University next year.
   Last season Olsen completed 192 of his 327 passes for 2,907 yards including 17 touchdown strikes. Not only is he left-handed, he also has a great understanding for the game.
   Leading the way as one of the top prep runningbacks is Maurice Clarett out of Warren Harding High School in Ohio.
   With some comparing him as the next Eddie George, Clarett (6'0", 225 lbs.) has the ability to be one of the top runningbacks in college due to his size and speed.
   Possessing a 4.50 time in the 40, Clarett can and will make it hard for defenders to bring him down.
   In the 2000 season Clarett missed six games after having surgery on his right ankle. Clarett was an All-State performer who bench presses 390 pounds and will be a weapon that the Buckeyes will use quite often.
   The fourth overall player in the recruiting ranks would have to be quarterback Vincent Young.
   A 6'5", 195 pound quarterback out of Houston Madison High School in Texas, Young has the arm and speed to be the Michael Vick for the Texas Longhorns.
   Now for you Volunteer fans who were wondering where runningback Gerald Riggs ranked in the list. As the fifth overall player and maybe the best runningback out of high school, Riggs will join a Tennessee team that has seen it's share of talented runningbacks go to the NFL.
   As a power runningback, Riggs (6'0", 212 lbs.) will utilize his size and speed to account for big gains on the ground. While at Red Bank High School, Riggs led his team to the State Championship finals while also earning Mr. Football in the state of Tennessee.
   In tomorrow's column I will break down the top 10 schools that did the best in recruiting and what key players will bring to their team's.