Britton selects Wildcats over Pac-10 rivals

Updated: June 23, 2004, 1:15 PM ET
By Bill Hodge |

Arizona has pledged Class 2005 offensive lineman Eben Britton of Burbank-Burroughs, Cal., over Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Purdue and Oklahoma, among others. The Wildcats recently added Class 2004 offensive lineman Bill Wacholz of San Diego-Rancho Bernardo, Cal., over Washington and Michigan State, among others.

The Missouri Tigers have their eighth Class 2005 pledge in defensive lineman Jaron Baston of Blue Springs, Mo., over Kansas.

Syracuse pledged Class 2005 running back/defensive back Raymell Rice of New Rochell, NY., over Virginia.

Michigan State has pledged Class 2005 offensive lineman Joel Nitchman of Kalamazoo-Hackett Catholic Central, Mich.

Class 2004 quarterback Joe Bauserman of Tallahassee-Lincoln, Fla., who had committed to Ohio State, has decided to sign a baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bauserman, who was a fourth-round selection as a pitcher, was to have grayshirted for the Buckeyes this upcoming season.

Class 2005 quarterback Paul Blalock of Aurora-Waubonsie Valley, Ill., has picked Illinois.

Class 2005 quarterback Sean Canfield of Carlsbad, Cal., is headed to Oregon State.

Highly-rated quarterback Jonathan Crompton of Waynesville-Tuscola, NC., is scheduled to announce between over 60 offers on Friday (June 25), including Tennessee, Georgia and Miami-Florida. Among many others are Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Southern California, Virginia, Michigan and Nebraska.

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Minnesota pledged receiver Eric Decker of Cold Spring-Rocori, Minn., who had 60 receptions as a junior.

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Baylor pledged running back/defensive back Quieto Teasley of Katy-Cinco Ranch, Tex., over Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Pittsburgh, Kansas and Wisconsin, among others.

Texas A&M has added outstanding Class 2004 running back Jay Lucas of Baton Rouge-Redemptorist, La., for this upcoming season. A recent qualifier, Lucas rushed for 1651 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior and had drawn interest from LSU, Nebraska, Florida State and Tennessee, among others. The Aggies also gained their 12th Class 2005 commitment in defensive back Devin Gregg of Spring-Westfield, Tex., over Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Houston and UTEP. A&M recently pledged defensive back Jordan Peterson of Lexington, Tex; and defensive lineman Paul Freeney of Aldine-Eisenhower, Tex.

Kansas has a commitment from defensive back/receiver Darrell Stuckey of Kansas City-Washington, Kan.

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.

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Boston College has a commitment from defensive back/receiver Marcellus Bowman of Youngstown-Liberty, Ohio, over West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois, among others.

Pittsburgh has a pledge from defensive lineman Marlon Terry of Akron-Ruchtel, Ohio, over Indiana and Akron.

Connecticut pledged offensive/defensive lineman Joe Akers of Parkton-Hereford, Md.

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Clemson has its sixth commitment in running back Tony Nelson of Germantown-Northwest, Md.

Maryland pledged defensive lineman/tight end Tommy Galt of Wheaton-Good Counsel, Md; and linebacker Dave Philistin of Manchester-Central, NH.

Virginia has its third Top 150 commitment and 17th overall, as Class 2005 linebacker Lamont Robinson of Salem, NJ., picked the Cavs over Georgia, Iowa, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Notre Dame 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.

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Mississippi State has a commitment from defensive back Keith Fitzhugh of Lovejoy, Ga., over Southern California, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Maryland and Vanderbilt.

Tennessee has a commitment from defensive back/running back Marsalous Johnson of Smyrna, Tenn., over Mississippi, Mississippi State and Wake Forest.

Kentucky has a commitment from defensive back/running back David Jones of Belfry, Kty.

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

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Houston pledged offensive lineman Matt Hart of Huffman-Hargrave, Tex. The Cougars recently gained offensive lineman Jerrod Butler of Allen, Tex., over Colorado State; plus defensive/offensive lineman Quinten Smith and defensive back Quinte Williams, both from Houston-Yates, Tex.

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

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*Class 2005 Verbals:
N.D./Big Ten: ND, Ill, Ind, Ia, Mich, MSt, Minn, NW, OhioSt, PSU, Pur, Wis.

Big 12: Bay, Colo, Iowa St, Kan, KSt, Mo, Neb, Okla, Okla St, Tex, A&M, TT.

Big East: BC, Conn, Pitt, Rutgers, Syr, Temple, WVa.

ACC: Clemson, Duke, FSU, GT, Md, Miami, NC, NC State, Va, VT, WF.

SEC: Ala, Ark, Aub, Fla, Ga, Kty, LSU, Miss, Miss St, SoCarol, Tenn, Van.

C-USA: Army, Cinn, EC, Hou, Lou, Mem, SMiss, USF, TCU, Tul, UAB

Pac-10: Ariz, ASU, Cal, Ore, OreSt, Stan, USC, UCLA, Wash, WashSt.

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*Top Classes: Southern California, LSU, Florida State, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Texas.
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