'Noles, Gators grab top pledges

Originally Published: January 16, 2004
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

Touted offensive lineman Jacky Claude of Miami-Edison, Fla., has committed to Florida State over Miami-Florida, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Auburn, Rutgers and South Florida, among many others.

The Florida Gators pledged defensive back Dawayne Grace of Jacksonville-White, Fla., over Miami-Florida, Florida State and Maryland. The Gators recently gained offensive lineman Jason Watkins of Lakeland-Lake Gibson, Fla., over LSU, Auburn, Michigan State and Oklahoma.

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*UPDATED 1/15/04: LSU and USC are tied for the lead, followed by Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Miami-Florida, Penn State, Georgia, Maryland and Alabama in the Early 2004 Top Classes.

*Search the early list of over 3400 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).

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Class 2005 offensive lineman Justin Schifano of Webster-Schroeder, NY., has committed to Michigan over offers from Miami-Florida, West Virginia, Boston College and Syracuse. He is the third junior to give an early pledge to the Wolverines.

Defensive lineman Domata Peko of College of the Canyons, Cal., is headed to Michigan State. The Spartans recently gained defensive lineman Daniel Zynn of College of the Canyons, Cal.

Running back Kory Sheets of Bloomfield, Conn., is expected to chose Purdue over Iowa. Among others were Nebraska and UConn.

Northwestern gained quarterback C.J. Bacher of Carmichael-Jesuit, Cal., who decommitted from Oregon State. The Wildcats recently added running back Brandon Roberson of Pearland, Tex., over Louisiana Tech.

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Texas A&M has a commitment from offensive lineman Travis Schneider of Bellville, Tex. The Aggies recently gained linebacker Terrence Smith of Northwest Mississippi CC, Miss., over Alabama, TCU and Texas Tech.

Baylor added defensive back Marlon Price of Lancaster, Tex.

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Defensive lineman Anthony Davis of Columbia-Spring Valley, SC., has decommitted from Wake Forest to Clemson. The Tigers recently gained receiver Mike McIntosh of Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., over Florida, Florida State, Auburn and LSU; and defensive lineman Dorrel Scott of Columbia-Ridge View, SC., over Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa and Nebraska.

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Offensive lineman Dio Herrera of Hollywood-Christian, Fla., picked Mississippi State. The Bulldogs recently gained linebacker Titus Brown of Tuscaloosa-Hillcrest, Ala.

Arkansas gained defensive backs Darius Vinnett of Destrehan, La/West Hills CC, Cal; and Dallas Washington of Atlanta, Tex. The Razorbacks recently added defensive back Randy Kelly of Bradenton-Manatee, Fla/Coffeyville CC, Kan; and receiver Jamaal Anderson of Little Rock-Parkview, Ark.

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Running back/defensive back C.J. Barrows of Powder Springs-McEachern, Ga., picked Southern Mississippi.

Defensive back/linebacker Michael Cox of Metairie-East Jefferson, La., picked Tulane.

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Defensive lineman James Case of Kennesaw-Harrison, Ga., committed to Miami-Ohio.

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Tulsa added receiver Ashlan Davis of Tyler CC, Tex. The Golden Hurricane recently gained defensive back Chris Chamberlain of Bethany, Okla; and offensive lineman Nick Grimes of Greenville-Rose, NC.

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Baytown-Lee, Tex., quarterback Brian Johnson has committed to Utah. He was also being recruited by Illinois and Louisiana Tech.

Class 2004 Football Database
* Seach the early list of over 3400 Prospects.
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*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 CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.