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"He put himself in a box," Jefferies said. "He doesn't want to go far. He turned down the offers without really having someplace to go, which is crazy."

Jefferies said he thinks that Wiggins will end up in a good situation because of his size. At 6-foot-8 and 330 pounds, Jefferies believes someone will sign him.

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"I've seen it before, say a new staff maybe," Jefferies said.

Then there are players with a handful of scholarship offers, like Potomac (Md.) lineman Gus Parrish, who is being told by recruiters the time has come to make a choice.

"They're trying to rush me and force me to make a decision," Parrish said. "I held my ground. I told them I'm going to look at all my options and make my decision. I'm not going to let anybody rush me to make a decision I'm not ready to make."

Said McGregor: "Do you commit and take a sure thing in hand? Do you wait it out? . . . It's got to be your call. You have to have a good thing either way. If you lose it, you have to understand you've lost it. Or you can take a sure thing, if that's the way you want to go. A lot of times, I think [colleges] are bluffing."


Douglass Coach J.C. Pinkney has an easy way for colleges to land his standout defensive linemen, Thomas Claggett and Patrick Mimms. The two enjoyed their visit to Cincinnati last weekend, Pinkney said, and are going to Syracuse this weekend.

"I'm sure they'll like every school," Pinkney said. "My advice to any school that is recruiting them is to feed those kids. They love food. Whoever feeds them the most, that's who is probably going to get them."

The food in Cincinnati was so good, Pinkney said, that Claggett phoned from the dinner table to tell his coach of the excess. . . . DeMatha running back Anthony Wiseman is recovering slightly ahead of schedule from reconstructive knee surgery, McGregor said, and is running on a treadmill. . . . St. John's linebacker Rico McCoy is visiting Tennessee this weekend. . . . Suitland wide receiver Mark Duncan has an offer from Delaware. . . . Forestville linebacker Allen Whitaker committed to Kent State during his official visit there last weekend.

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