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April 21, 2008

Weekend wrap

River Hill running back Michael Campanaro ended his recruitment over the weekend. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder verbally committed to Wake Forest on Saturday, choosing the Demon Deacons over offers from Akron, North Carolina and Northwestern.

Campanaro told that Wake’s academics, and Jim Grobe’s offense, were two major factors in his decision.

"With their academics, it's a no-brainer. They're up there with some of the Ivy League Schools. When I went down there, the feel was right, the campus, and the coaching staff, definitely," Campanaro said.

"What really attracted me was that Spread Offense, that's big for me. And that slot, you know, running back. I talked to a lot of their coaches, and they have a lot of big plans for me," Campanaro said. "I just feel like this is the right fit for me, and the right school, and I can't wait to start at that school."

Here’s Campanaro’s YouTube highlight reel.

• The final commitment to the UM women’s 2008 class, Jackie Nared, signed her Letter of Intent to attend Maryland late last week. The Oregonian spoke with Nared about her decision.

"I'm hopefully going to go there and try to work hard and maybe get some playing time my freshman year," said Nared, a 6-foot-1 senior. "But I have to fight for it. I have to work really hard because I'm going where a lot of girls are way stronger and just as good and better than me. It'll be a lot different."

• Lackey cornerback Darrell Givens told earlier this month that he would like to leave Maryland for college. This weekend, Givens made that official, committing to Ohio State during a visit to the Buckeyes’ spring game. Givens chose OSU over reported offers from Maryland, Florida, Penn State, Illinois, Miami and a host of others.

"I told all the coaches today that I wanted to be a Buckeye," Givens said. "I spoke to Jim Tressel and also to coach [Taver] Johnson, coach [Luke] Fickell and coach [Darrell] Hazell. I'm very happy to be a Buckeye."

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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