Trojans, Tigers add to highly-regarded classes

Originally Published: January 14, 2004
By Bill Hodge |

Considered the nation's top inside linebacker, Keith Rivers of Lake Mary, Fla., has given a commitment to the USC Trojans over Florida. Among many others were Miami-Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Oklahoma.

LSU and head coach Nick Saban have gained one of the nation's top defensive linemen in Marlon Favorite of Harvey-West Jefferson, La., over Miami-Florida, Southern California, Colorado and Tulane. The Tigers recently added top receiver Early Doucet of St. Martinville, La., over Miami-Florida.

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*LSU, USC, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Miami-Florida, Penn State, Georgia, Maryland and Alabama lead the Early 2004 Top Classes (Updated).

*Search the early list of over 3300 Prospects, Commitments and Signings for your favorite Schools and Conferences. Football Signing Periods: Midyear JC/Prep Transfers (Dec. 17-Jan. 15) and Regular (Feb. 4-Apr. 1).

*Check out the Top 150 Prospects and Super Prospects. Where are the top Class 2004 running backs headed? List.

*Check out the Class 2004 Junior College Prospects. Search the NJCAA Football All-Americans (Does not include California).

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Ohio State pledged receiver/defensive back Nick Patterson of St. Louis-Hazelwood Central, Mo., over Missouri and UCLA; and punter/running back A.J. Trapasso of Pickerington-Central, Ohio. The Buckeyes recently gained defensive linemen Vernon Gholston of Detroit-Cass Tech, Mich., over Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa; and Alex Barrow of Dublin-Coffman, Ohio, over Maryland, Pittsburgh, Michigan State and Northwestern.

Big 12 Verbal List

Texas A&M has a commitment from linebacker Terrence Smith of Northwest Mississippi CC, Miss., over Alabama, TCU and Texas Tech.

Iowa State has a commitment from running back Tyease Thompson of Lakeland-Jenkins, Fla., over Pittsburgh, LSU, South Florida and UConn. The Cyclones recently gained running back Brandon Gunn of Omaha-Central, Neb., over Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas State, Colorado, Kansas, UCLA and Wyoming.

Kansas State added receiver/defensive back Cedric Wilson of Fort Pierce-John Carroll, Fla., over West Virginia and Syracuse.

Texas Tech added offensive lineman Cody Baker of Rowlett, Tex., over interest from Oklahoma State; and linebacker Marcus Smith of Conroe-Oak Ridge, Tex., over Iowa State and Houston.

Athlete Ramarcus Brown of East Point/Tri-Cities, Ga., has committed/decommitted from Oklahoma, committed/decommitted from Georgia/recommitted/decommitted from Oklahoma.

Big East Verbal List

Miami-Florida has pledged defensive lineman Joe Joseph of Orlando-Oak Ridge, Fla., over Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina. The Canes recently gained linebacker Romeo Davis of Miami-Northwestern, Fla. Defensive back J.R. Bryant of Miami-Killian, Fla., decommitted from the Canes and is looking at Florida State, Miami, Florida, Rutgers and North Carolina State.

Rutgers pledged twin defensive/offensive linemen Darren and Joe Salinardi of Jersey City-Hudson Catholic, NJ., over South Carolina, Clemson, Indiana and UConn. Rutgers recently gained offensive lineman Akeem Robinson of Miami-Carol City, Fla.

Temple has a commitment from linebacker Rick Costa of Delran-Holy Cross, NJ.

ACC Verbal List

Clemson has a commitment from receiver Mike McIntosh of Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., over Florida, Florida State, Auburn and LSU. The Tigers recently gained defensive lineman Dorrel Scott of Columbia-Ridge View, SC., over Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa and Nebraska.

Defensive lineman Anthony Davis of Columbia-Spring Valley, SC., chose Wake Forest over Clemson, Auburn, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The Demon Deacons recently gained linebacker Eric Berry of Suffolk-Nansemond River, Va.

Duke has pledged linebacker/defensive back Charles Robinson of Sarasota-Riverview, Fla. The Blue Devils recently gained offensive lineman Izzy Bauta of Brooklyn-Poly Prep, NY., over Ohio State, Maryland, South Florida and Rutgers; and athlete Ronnie Drummer of Salinas-North Salinas, Cal.

SEC Verbal List

Receiver Lonnell Dewalt of Bowling Green-Warren Central, Kty., is headed to Kentucky over Louisville, Auburn and Western Kentucky. The Wildcats recently gained linebacker/defensive lineman Johnny Williams of Neptune Beach-Fletcher, Fla., over Georgia Tech, Duke, Clemson, Bowling Green and South Florida.

Arkansas gained receiver Jamaal Anderson of Little Rock-Parkview, Ark., over Alabama, Colorado, Mississippi and Florida.

Conf-USA Verbal List

Louisville has offensive lineman Phillip Moody of Tallahassee-North Florida Christian, Fla. The Cardinals recently gained offensive linemen Jeremy Darveau of Hilton Head, SC/Naval Academy Prep, RI/Kentucky/Dodge City CC, Kan; and Eric Wood of Cincinnati-Elder, Ohio.

MAC Verbal List

Defensive back Dustin Tatum of Lafayette-St. Thomas More, La., is headed to Ohio over Syracuse.

Northern Illinois has pledged defensive lineman Zach Osburn of Holland-West Ottawa, Mich.

WAC Verbal List

Sun Belt Verbal List

Pac-10 Verbal List

Stanford has pledged running back Jerod Arlich of Mahtomedi, Minn., over Colorado and Minnesota. The Cardinal recently gained tight end/defensive lineman Pannel Egboh of Mesquite-North Mesquite, Tex., over Arizona, Duke and Colorado State.

Oregon has pledged defensive lineman Cole Linehan of Banks, Ore., over Oregon State and Washington; and defensive back Jerome Boyd of Los Angeles-Dorsey, Cal., over Arizona, San Diego State, UCLA and Washington.

Running back/defensive back Price Wilks of Hacienda Heights-Wilson, Cal., picked Arizona State. The Sun Devils recently gained defensive back Uriah Marshall from Phoenix-Brophy Prep, Ariz.

Mountain West Verbal List

Class 2004 Football Database
* Seach the early list of over 3300 Prospects.
* Search the database to find Commitments and Signings for your favorite Schools and Conferences.
*Football Signing Periods: Midyear JC Transfers (Dec. 17-Jan. 15) and Regular (Feb. 4-Apr. 1).
* Check out the database for prospects in your Home State
* Lists of Top 150 Prospects/Super Prospects:
Top 150: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB.
Super Prospects: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB.

Football Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2005: Database
Class 2004: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Early Top Classes.

Class 2003: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.
Class 2002: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.
Class 2001: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.
Class 2000: Database/Top Prospects/Top Classes.
Class 1999: Database/Top Prospects/Top Classes.
Class 1998: Database.
Class 1997: Database.

Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.