July 31, 2007

Atlantic East prospect breakdown

The recruiting race for many of the nation's top prospects is hitting full gear as we approach the season. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell brings you the latest on 25 of the Atlantic East region's best prospects, and gives you his thoughts on which teams he feels are in good position to land them at this point and which schools could surprise. Here's the breakdown.

Top 25 uncommitted in the Atlantic East

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Jeannette (Pa.)

Pryor in action

Preseason take: Ohio State has reportedly been his leader for quite some time, and a good visit to Columbus for camp in June didn't hurt things. He took an unofficial visit to West Virginia in July and came away impressed. Pryor hopes to narrow his list down to six schools soon. The Buckeyes are a sure-fire official visit destination, and his relationship with current Ohio State commitments only helps the cause.

Team to Beat: Ohio State

Darkhorse: West Virginia

Will Hill, ATH, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep

Hill in action

Preseason take: Hill has been very quiet about the recruiting process, but his recent visit to Florida for Friday Night Lights and subsequent comments from St. Peter's coach Rich Hansen make the Gators a near lock. Hill will visit Florida officially on the weekend of Sept. 14 when the Gators play host to Tennessee. A commitment should follow.

Team to Beat: Florida

Darkhorse: USC

Shayne Hale, LB, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway

Hale in action

Preseason take: Hale is another quiet prospect when it comes to talking about recruiting, but the big linebacker has narrowed down his choices to four schools - Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia and West Virginia. There has been much talk about Hale and teammate Cameron Saddler picking a school as a package deal. If they do so, then Michigan is in good shape. However, Virg