One of nation's best QBs picks Tennessee

Originally Published: June 28, 2004
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

One of the nation's top quarterback prospects, Jonathan Crompton of Waynesville-Tuscola, N.C., has chosen Tennessee over 60 offers, including Georgia and Miami-Florida. Among many others were Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Southern California, Virginia, Michigan and Nebraska. The Vols recently gained defensive back/running back Marsalous Johnson of Smyrna, Tenn., over Mississippi, Mississippi State and Wake Forest.

Class 2005 Top 150 receiver Mohamed Massaquoi of Charlotte-Independence, N.C., has committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over Tennessee, Virginia, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan and North Carolina State, among others. Massaquoi, who caught 87 passes as a junior, joins prep teammate quarterback Joe Cox, who recently decommitted from Duke for the Bulldogs. Cox passed for 3,983 yards and 43 touchdowns last season.

Class 2004 defensive back/athlete Michael Grant of Stone Mountain-Stephenson, Ga., had his application refused after signing with Georgia and is now expected to join Arkansas for this upcoming season.

Defensive lineman Chase Pittman of Shreveport-Evangel Christian, La., has transferred from Texas to LSU. He played in 10 games for the Longhorns last season as a redshirt-freshman. His older brother, Cole, who had also signed with Texas, was killed in an automobile accident on a return trip to Austin in 2001.

Mississippi State has a commitment from receiver Adron Chambers of Pensacola, Fla. The Bulldogs recently gained defensive back Keith Fitzhugh of Lovejoy, Ga., over Southern California, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Maryland and Vanderbilt.

Maryland has 13 commitments after pledging running back Asaph Schwapp of Hartford-Weaver, Conn; and defensive back Chris Rogers of Lakeland-Evangel Christian, Fla. The Terps recently gained defensive linemen Jeremy Navarre of Joppa-Joppatowne, Md., over Penn State; and Barrod Heggs of Garden City, Ga.

The Wisconsin Badgers have their third Class 2005 commitment in defensive lineman Dan Cascone of Newtown, Conn.

Colorado has a Class 2005 commitment from defensive/offensive lineman Jeremy Hauck of Niwot, Colo.

Baylor pledged linebacker Shon Brown of Waco, Tex; and offensive lineman Kellen Taylor of Richmond-Foster, Tex/Kilgore CC, Tex. The Bears recently gained 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.

Class 2005 quarterback Kevin Lopina of Concord-De La Salle, Cal., is headed to Oregon State over offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Nebraska. The Beavers recently gained quarterback Sean Canfield of Carlsbad, Cal.

Class 2005 receiver/athlete Brandon Gibson of Puyallup-Rogers, Wash., picked Washington State.

Utah has a Class 2005 commitment from offensive/defensive lineman Tony Bergstrom of Salt Lake City-Skyline, Utah, who will first go on mission. The Utes also gained redshirt-freshman quarterback Mike Affleck of Provo-Timpview, Utah, who is transferring from Arizona State.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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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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*Commitments
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.


*Prospects by Home States


"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
"Big Ten States": Illinois , Indiana, Iowa, Pa, Ohio, Mich, Minn, Wis.
"Big 12 States": Okla, Missouri , Iowa, Neb, Kansas, Colo, Texas.
"SEC States": Florida, Tenn, SoCarol, Kty, Georgia, Ala, Ark, Miss, La.
"ACC States": Florida, NoCarol, SoCarol, Georgia, Maryland , Virginia .
"Pac-10 States": California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington.
"Big East States":
Florida, Pa, New Jersey, New York, Mass, Va, WVa.

Class 2004 Football Database: Signings/Top Classes
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*Top Classes: Southern California, LSU, Florida State, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Texas.
*Junior College Players/NJCAA Football All-Americans.

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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.