OU snags receivers while Terps grab linemen

Originally Published: June 24, 2004
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

The Oklahoma Sooners have their fifth commitment in receiver Manuel Johnson of Gilmer, Tex., who had 79 receptions as a junior. Among those offering scholarships were Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Houston.

Maryland has 11 commitments after pledging defensive linemen Jeremy Navarre of Joppa-Joppatowne, Md., over Penn State; and Barrod Heggs of Garden City, Ga. The Terps recently gained twin defensive linemen/tight ends Tom Galt and Dwight Galt, both from Wheaton-Good Counsel, Md; and linebacker Dave Philistin of Manchester-Central, NH.

Iowa has added Class 2004 defensive lineman Ettore Ewen of Tampa-Wharton, Fla., for this upcoming season.

The Indiana Hoosiers have their first Class 2005 pledge in kicker Joe Kleinsmith of Lakewood-St. Edward, Ohio.

Kansas has a commitment from offensive lineman Adam Welty of Newton, Kan. The Jayhawks recently gained defensive back/receiver Darrell Stuckey of Kansas City-Washington, Kan.

Kansas State picked up commitments from defensive back Kevin Hollis of Gilmer, Okla., over offers from Nebraska, Mississippi State and Duke; and offensive lineman Nick Stringer of Topeka-Hayden, Kan., over Oklahoma State. Stringer was considering Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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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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.