Orlando Cypress Creek cornerback/wide receiver Marcel Rose likes Notre Dame, Florida and South Carolina early. The Irish are believed to be the team to beat because Rose's cousin, Maurice Crum, plays for Notre Dame. Rose will be in Columbia on March 3 for the Gamecocks' Junior Day. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Never has Phillip Fulmer started spring practice this early since taking over full time as Tennessee's coach in 1993. His reasoning is that it gives the players a bigger window to develop physically in the offseason strength and conditioning program, and it also gives injured players and those coming off surgery more time to recover in preparation for the start of preseason practice in August. -- The Tennessean

Georgia Tech is the early leader for Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic Community safety Karnell Hatcher. He holds early offers from Ole Miss and Arizona State and has early interest from the Jackets, Michigan, Miami, Florida State, Florida and others. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has decided his family and his comfort level at Wisconsin were more important than the fame of coaching in the NFL. According to multiple sources, Chryst will be rewarded with a new multiyear deal, one that was in the works before Dallas expressed interest. He was paid $200,000 last season and is expected to receive a pay raise, perhaps has much as $100,000. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna linebacker Jordan Futch has Georgia in his early top five, along with Auburn, Florida State, Miami and West Virginia. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Futch runs the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Oregon State football coaching staff took a hit Wednesday when it was announced that Beavers special teams coach Bruce Read is returning to the NFL as special teams coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Mike Riley credits Read for playing a significant role in the Beavers' 10-4 season with his work on special teams. -- The Oregonian

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