October 31, 2007

Best of the Rest: Small forwards

One of the positions in the class of 2008 where remaining talent is
dwindling is the small forward spot.

The number of available elite prospects is shrinking almost at a daily clip,
but a couple of versatile, athletic and high-energy guys will wait until the
spring before they sign on the dotted line.

Best of the Rest: Small Forwards

Terrelle Pryor, 6-6, 235, Jeannette, Pa.

Rank: No. 28 player in nation, No. 3 small forward

Who is in the mix?: Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee,
Texas, West Virginia and Pittsburgh

When will he sign?: The nation's top football prospect has all of his
eggs in the gridiron basket for now. And he should. The dual-sport athlete
is visiting Ohio State this weekend on a football official visit. Pryor will
sign a football National Letter of Intent.

Are academics a concern?: No.

Chris Singleton, 6-8, 210, Dunwoody (Ga.)

Rank: No. 33 player in nation, No. 4 small forward

Who is in the mix?: Florida State and Kentucky

When will he sign?: With visits to both of his finalists now behind
him, Singleton could decide any day. Singleton told Rivals.com on Tuesday
night that he will announce and sign on Nov. 14.

Are academics a concern?: No.

Singleton highlights

Wesley Witherspoon, 6-8, 185, Berkmar (Ga.)

Rank: No. 57 player in nation, No. 9 small forward

Who is in the mix?: Too many to list.

When will he sign?: Witherspoon has long maintained that he will ink
late. Because of that, don't be surprised to see him become one of, if not
the most, recruited player in the nation. The four-star wing has visited LSU
officially and has four more visits to take during the season. Keep an eye
on George Washington, where his brother plays for Karl Hobbs.

Are academics a concern?: They are a work in progress.

Witherspoon highlights

Travis Leslie, 6-4, 185, Columbia (Ga.)

Rank: No. 114 player in nation, No. 18 small forward

Who is in the mix?: Clemson, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, Penn State and Providence

When will he sign?: No question about it, Leslie will ink in the
spring. A number of coaches would like to see him and his improvements this
year, thus opening the door up for more schools to get into the mix. Keep an
eye on his progress.

Are academics a concern?: They are a work in progress.

Leslie highlights

Murphy Holloway, 6-7, 215, Dutch Fork (S.C.)

Rank: No. 137 player in nation, No. 21 shooting guard

Who is in the mix?: Clemson, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and South

When will he sign?: Late. The high-energy forward doesn't lack for
effort, but his biggest concern is within the classroom at the moment.
Colleges are waiting to see how well he does before they move seriously on

Are academics a concern?: They are a work in progress.

Top five outside the Rivals150: Jeff Taylor (Hobbs, N.M.); David Diakite (National
Christian Academy, Md.), Andrew Randall (World Communications,
Pa.); J.P. Olukemi (Stoneridge, Calif.); Martez Walker
(American Christian, Pa.)


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