Seminoles land another top linebacker

Originally Published: February 2, 2004
By Bill Hodge |

The Florida State Seminoles have pledged Top 150 linebacker Jae Thaxton of Hartwell-Hart County, Ga., over LSU and Georgia, among many others. The Seminoles recently gained Top 150 linebacker Lawrence Timmons of Florence-Wilson, SC., over Florida and Tennessee.

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Independents Verbal List

Athlete/running back Maurice McClellan of Pawcatuck-Stonington, Conn., decommitted from Nebraska to UConn.

Big Ten Verbal List

The Ohio State Buckeyes have pledged linebacker/defensive lineman Curtis Terry of Cleveland-Glenville, Ohio, over Cincinnati and Akron. The Bucks recently gained running back/defensive back Dennis Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale-Shanahan, Fla., over interest from Wake Forest and Central Florida; and Super Prospect receiver Albert Dukes of Bell Glade-Glades Central, Fla., over North Carolina State, Miami-Florida and Florida.

The Michigan State Spartans pledged linebacker Tyrone McKenzie of Sarasota-Riverview, Fla., over Iowa State. The Spartans recently gained Super Prospect linebacker Hugh D'Imperio of Sewell-Washington Township, NJ., over Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

Big 12 Verbal List

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have pledged quarterback Jordan Adams of Santee-West Hills, Cal/Grossmont CC, Cal. The Huskers suffered four recruiting losses in receiver Gabe Hatchett of Sacramento City CC, Cal., who switched to Toledo; running back Maurice McClellan of Pawcatuck-Stonington, Conn., who decommitted to UConn; quarterback D.T. McDowell of Tucker, Ga., who is now considering Mississippi State and Troy State; and defensive lineman Byron Smith of Bryan, Tex/Kilgore CC, Tex., who had his offer withdrawn.

Missouri has a pledge from offensive lineman John Dirk of Stephenville, Tex.

Kansas State added offensive lineman Justin D'Arcy of Cabrillo CC, Cal; defensive back Surrell Davis of College of San Mateo, Cal; and defensive lineman Micah Howeth of Dallas-White, Tex.

Kansas has a pledge from defensive lineman Anthony Collins of Beaumont-Central, Tex., who decommitted from Houston.

Texas A&M pledged linebacker Alton Boudreaux of Lafayette, La.

Big East Verbal List

Miami-Florida added receiver Khalil Jones of Miami-Northwestern, Fla., over Indiana, Iowa, Pittsburgh and South Florida; and tight end Cedric Hill of Valdosta, Ga.

ACC Verbal List

Defensive lineman Clint Sintim of Woodbridge/Gar-Field, Va., committed to Virginia over Virginia Tech, Maryland, Ohio State and Tennessee. The Cavaliers recently gained receiver Nate Lyles of Chicago-Hubbard, Ill., over Notre Dame.

North Carolina State has receiver/defensive back Dajuan Morgan of Riviera Beach-Suncoast, Fla., whose offer/commitment was withdrawn by Ohio State.

SEC Verbal List

The Florida Gators snared running back/linebacker Eric Rutledge of Gainesville-Young, Fla.

Auburn pledged linebacker/defensive back Steve Gandy of Waynesboro-Wayne County, Miss; plus defensive linemen Korey Raymond of Reserve-East St. John, La; Tyronne Green of Pensacola-Woodham, Fla; and Chris Browder of Camden-Wilcox Central, Ala/Southwest Mississipi CC, Miss. The Tigers recently gained running back Michael McLaughlin of Waynesboro-Wayne County, Miss., over Nebraska, Mississippi, Southern Mississippi and West Virginia.

Mississippi State added linebacker Damien Huren of Southwest Mississippi CC, Miss.

Conf-USA Verbal List

Running back Andre Hall of Garden City CC, Kan., picked South Florida over Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Troy State.

Memphis has added linebacker Gabe O'Neal of Columbus, Miss., over Mississippi State.

Houston has a commitment from defensive back Sean Bailey of Fort Worth-Dunbar, Tex., over Syracuse and Wisconsin.

MAC Verbal List

Central Florida pledged quarterback Kyle Israel of Orlando-University, Fla.

Receiver Gabe Hatchett of Sacramento City CC, Cal., switched from Nebraska to Toledo.

WAC Verbal List

Boise State pledged offensive lineman Cameron Filkins of Los Alamitos, Cal.

Sun Belt Verbal List

Idaho gained defensive back Daniel Dykes of Los Alamitos, Cal.

Pac-10 Verbal List

UCLA pledged defensive back Bryon Velega of Long Beach-Poly, Cal., over California, Oregon and Washington State.

Oregon State has a pledge from Super Prospect defensive back Bryan Payton of West Covina-South Hill, Cal., who recently decommitted from UCLA. The Beavers recently gained three Super Prospects in linebacker Isaiah Cook of Claremont, Cal., who decommitted from Kansas State; linebacker Will Price of Anaheim-Western, Cal., who decommitted from UCLA; and defensive back Lamar Herron of Sacramento-Natomas, Cal., who decommitted from the USC Trojans.

Mountain West Verbal List

San Diego State has added Super Prospect tight end Lance Louis of New Orleans-Landry, La., over Miami-Florida; and defensive lineman Jonathan Tu'ua of Long Beach-Poly, Cal.

BYU has linebacker Gary Lovely of Foothill CC, Cal. His brother Greg recently chose the Cougars.

Class 2004 Football Database
* Seach the early list of over 4000 Prospects.
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* 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.