Virginia snags 17th Class of 2005 pledge

Updated: June 18, 2004, 9:32 AM ET
By Bill Hodge |

The nation's hottest recruiting program, Virginia has its third Top 150 commitment and 17th overall, as Class 2005 linebacker Lamont Robinson of Salem, NJ., picked the Cavs over Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Iowa, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee, among many others.

Virginia recently gained defensive lineman Antonio Appleby of Virginia Beach-Salem, Va., over West Virginia, Syracuse, Duke, Maryland, Virginia Tech and North Carolina; receiver Kevin Ogletree of St. Albans-Holy Cross, NY., over Syracuse, Wisconsin and Boston College; and Top 150 offensive lineman Eugene Monroe of Plainfield, NJ., over Florida State, Miami-Florida, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Southern California, Michigan, LSU, Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College, Michigan State and Nebraska, among many others. Virginia had earlier received a pledge from Top 150 quarterback Vic Hall of Gretna, Va.

Miami-Florida has a commitment from defensive back/receiver Bruce Johnson of Live Oak-Suwanee, Fla.

North Carolina has a commitment from defensive lineman/tight end Darrius Massenburg of Roanoke Rapids, NC., over East Carolina. The Heels recently added offensive lineman Andre Barbour of Atlanta-North Springs, Ga; defensive back Bryan Dixon of Tabor City-South Columbus, NC; and running back/linebacker Kennedy Tinsley of Greensboro-Dudley, NC.

Texas A&M has its 11th commitment in defensive back Jordan Peterson of Lexington, Tex., over Texas Tech and Baylor. The Aggies recently gained defensive lineman Paul Freeney of Aldine-Eisenhower, Tex., over Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Baylor and Utah.

Class 2005 kicker Matt Fodge of Garland, Tex., is headed to Oklahoma State over SMU.

Colorado has added defensive back Terry Wilson of Gardena-Serra, Cal., for this upcoming season.

Tulsa has a commitment from offensive lineman Jody Whaley of Comanche, Okla.

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One of the nation's top quarterback prospects, Jake Christensen of Lockport, Ill., has committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes over Arkansas and Michigan State, among many others. He passed for 3681 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior. The Hawkeyes also added a commitment from offensive lineman Kyle Calloway of Belleville-East, Ill., over an offer from Kansas, plus interest from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Illinois and Missouri, among others. Iowa recently gained receivers Trey Stross of Avon Lake, Ohio, over West Virginia, Boston College, Ohio State, Maryland, Syracuse, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and Kentucky, among others; and Marcus Wilson of Cherry Hill-Camden Catholic, NJ., over Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia, Boston College, Syracuse, Maryland, North Carolina and Rutgers, among others.

Ohio State added Class 2004 kicker/punter Jonathan Skeete of Gahanna-Lincoln, Ohio, for this fall.

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Offensive lineman Nick Stringer Topeka-Hayden, Kan., is headed to Kansas State over Oklahoma State.

Texas Tech pledged offensive lineman Andrew Johnson of Adline-Eisenhower, Tex; athlete Kobey Lewis of Abilene, Tex; and defensive back/linebacker Jordan Thomas of Keller, Tex.

Texas has pledged linebacker Brandon Duncan of Garland-Lakeview Centennial, Tex., over Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, among others.

Baylor pledged tight end Jason Lamb of Richardson-Berkner, Tex., over Mississippi State, North Carolina, Tulsa and Wyoming. The Bears recently gained receiver/defensive back Carl Sims of Waco, Tex., and tight end Justin Akers of Deer Park, Tex.

Missouri has a commitment from defensive lineman Tarell Corby of Kansas City-North, Mo., over Kansas and Iowa.

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Rutgers has a commitment from defensive back/linebacker Damaso Munoz of Miami-Southridge, Fla.

ACC List

Clemson has a commitment from Top 150 receiver Rendrick Taylor of Bennettsville-Marlboro County, SC., over Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida State, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Stanford, Georgia Tech and Duke, among others. Defensive back/receiver Ramon McElrathbey of Atlanta-Mays, Ga., chose the Tigers, but quickly decommitted. The Tigers recently gained receiver/defensive back Tyler Grisham of Birmingham-Spain Park, Ala.

Class 2005 quarterback Joe Cox of Charlotte-Independence, NC., has decommitted from Duke for the Georgia Bulldogs. He passed for 3983 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior.

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Arkansas has pledged offensive lineman Joey Crossland of Russellville, Ark; and defensive lineman Cord Gray of Wynne, Ark.

Vanderbilt has a commitment from quarterback Mackenzi Adams of Tulsa-Union, Okla.

Class 2005 quarterback Joe Cox of Charlotte-Independence, NC., has decommitted from Duke for the Georgia Bulldogs. He passed for 3983 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior.

Conf-USA List
Houston pledged offensive lineman Jerrod Butler of Allen, Tex., over Colorado State. The Cougars recently gained defensive/offensive lineman Quinten Smith and defensive back Quinte Williams, both from Houston-Yates, Tex.

TCU pledged running back Chris Smith of Navasota, Tex., over Baylor.

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UCLA has a commitment from tight end Adam Heater of Snohomish, Wash., over Oregon. The Bruins recently gained defensive back Robert Kibble of Houston-Westfield, Tex., over Miami-Florida, Houston, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, SMU, Northwestern and Iowa State.

Rumored for weeks to have secretly committed to the Bears, quarterback Kyle Reed of Oakland-McClymonds, Cal., has announced for California.

Arizona has a commitment from quarterback William Tuitama of Stockton-St. Mary's, Cal., over Nebraska and Washington. His uncle is USC and Miami Dolphin linebacker Junior Seau.

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Class 2004 running back Gartrell Shavers of Miami-Springs, Fla., is headed to Colorado State for this fall.

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