Buckeyes land another top defensive lineman

Updated: June 3, 2004, 9:26 AM ET
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

The Ohio State Buckeyes have a commitment from defensive lineman Todd Denlinger of Troy, Ohio, over Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia, Boston College, Northwestern, Duke, Tennessee, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Stanford, among many others. The Buckeyes recently gained defensive lineman Ryan Williams of Mission Viejo, Cal., over offers from Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon and Colorado.

Alabama pledged offensive lineman Evan Cardwell of Killen-Brooks, Ala., over interest from Auburn, LSU, Mississippi and Notre Dame.

Nebraska has a commitment from linebacker Nick Covey of Glendale-Mountain Ridge, Ariz., over Washington State.

Oklahoma State has a commitment from offensive lineman Brady Bond of Garber, Okla. The Cowboys recently gained defensive lineman/linebacker Jarryl Jefferson of New Orleans-St. Augustine, La., over Auburn and UCLA.

Duke gained a commitment from defensive back/running back Glenn Williams of Baltimore-Archbishop Curley, Md. The Blue Devils recently gained quarterbacks Joe Cox of Charlotte-Independence, NC., who passed for 3983 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior; and Gene Delle Donne of Wilmington-Salesianum, Del.

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Defensive back Johnny Sears of Fresno-Edison, Cal., has committed to the Michigan Wolverines.

Illinois gained a commitment from linebacker Travis Barr of Alpharetta-Chattahoochee, Ga., over Rice.

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The Oklahoma Sooners have a commitment from Top 150 receiver Eric Huggins of Conway, SC., over offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee and Southern California, among many others.

Texas has its fourth commitment in linebacker/defensive lineman Chris Brown of Texarkana, Tex., over Arizona, Arkansas, Houston, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and TCU, among others.

Texas A&M has its ninth commitment in defensive back/receiver Arkeith Brown of El Campo, Tex.

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West Virginia pledged receiver Ryan Dawson of Parkersburg-South, WVa.

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Virginia Tech has a commitment from offensive lineman Robert Norris of Hyattsville-DeMatha Catholic, Md., over Syracuse and Maryland. The Hokies recently gained running back Kenny Jefferson of Hyattsville-DeMatha Catholic, Md; and linebacker Demetrius Taylor of Virginia Beach-Kellam, Va.

Miami-Florida has a commitment from Top 150 tight end Martellus Bennett of Houston-Aleif Taylor, Tex., over Arizona, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA, among many others.

North Carolina added Class 2004 running back Vince Wilson of Daytona Beach-Mainland, Fla., for this upcoming season.

Georgia Tech gained a commitment from defensive back Tony Clark of Garden City-Groves, Ga., over Clemson.

Clemson has a commitment from offensive lineman Barry Humphries of Honea Path/Belton-Honea Path, SC., over North Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Marshall.

Florida State pledged running back/athlete Russell Ball of LaMarque, Tex., over Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, BYU, SMU, Houston and Texas Tech, among others.

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TCU has a commitment from runing back Joseph Turner of Austin-LBJ, Tex.

Louisville pledged receiver Maurice Grinter of Louisville-Fairdale, Kty., who will also walk-on for basketball. The Cards recently gained defensive back Darius Mann of Ramsey-Don Bosco, NJ., over Wisconsin, Alabama, Iowa, Indiana and UConn.

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Class 2004 receiver Trevoy Lenear of Arlington-Oakridge School, Tex, has signed with Tulsa.

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Defensive lineman/tight end Adam Grant of Puyallup, Wash., committed to Washington.

The California Bears pledged quarterback Joseph Ayoob of San Rafael-Terra Nova, Cal/San Francisco CC, Cal., over Kentucky, Michigan State, Oregon State and LSU.

Stanford has a commitment from tight end/defensive lineman Ben Ladner of Kansas City-Pembroke Hill School, Mo., over offers from Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Class 2004 tight end Brad Wood of Tucson-Sabino, Ariz/Pima CC, Ariz., has signed with Arizona. The Wildcats recently added defensive back Dramayne McElroy of Rialto, Cal/Chaffey CC, Cal., for this upcoming season.

Quarterback Arkelon Hall of Fresno-Edison, Cal., chose Washington State.

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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.