Maryland adds to recruiting class

Originally Published: July 5, 2004
By Bill Hodge |

Maryland has 15 Class 2005 commitments, including tight end/defensive lineman Jared Harrell of Marion-Tabor Academy, Mass; and linebacker Jeff Clement of Deptford-Deptford Township, NJ.

Nebraska has a commitment from Class 2005 tight end/defensive lineman David Harvey of Pomfret-McDonough, Md. The Huskers recently gained Top 150 offensive lineman Craig Roark of Ada, Okla., over Arizona, Kansas State, LSU, Missouri and Ohio State, among many others.

Running back Corey Robertson of Denison, Tex., has chosen the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Purdue has pledges from quarterback Joey Elliott of Evansville-Harrison, Ind; and defensive lineman Jared Zwilling of Evansville-Central, Ind. The Boilermakers recently gained linebacker/defensive back Jason Werner of Indianapolis-Roncalli, Ind; defensive lineman Michael Neal of Merrillville, Ind; and defensive/offensive back Dray Mason of Indianapolis-Bishop Chatard, Ind.

The Oregon Ducks have a commitment from Class 2005 offensive lineman Mat Webb of Vancouver-Heritage, Wash., over Washington and Washington State.

Class 2004 quarterback Matt Tuiasosopo, a Top 150 prospect from Woodinville, Wash., has chosen baseball with the Seattle Mariners over playing for Washington. He was selected in the third round as a shortstop by the Mariners. The Huskies recently picked up a commitment from Class 2005 defensive back Keno Walter-White of Poway-Rancho Bernardo, Cal/San Diego Mesa CC, Cal.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have their first two Class 2005 commitments in defensive backs Brandon Harrison of Dayton/Chaminade-Julienne, Ohio; and David Bruton of Miamisburg, Ohio.

Big Ten List

Michigan has Class 2005 defensive lineman Chris McLaurin of Orchard Lake-St. Mary, Mich., over Boston College and Indiana. The Wolverines recently gained running back Mister Simpson of Cincinnati-Colerain, Ohio; and punter/kicker Zoltan Mesko of Twinsburg, Ohio.

Ohio State has a commitment from receiver Brian Hartline of Canton-GlenOak, Ohio, over Iowa, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and Stanford, among others.

Illinois has a commitment from defensive back Andre Powell of Pahokee, Fla., over Rutgers, Georgia and Central Florida.

Big 12 List

Oklahoma State picked up a commitment from Class 2005 defensive back Andre Sexton of Houston-Cy Falls, Tex.

Kansas State has a commitment from receiver/quarterback Zac Robinson of Littleton-Chatfield, Colo.

Tight end/defensive lineman Trent Flander of West Des Moines-Dowling, Iowa, has chosen Iowa State.

The Oklahoma Sooners gained a pledge from offensive lineman Brandon Keith of McAlester, Okla/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Okla., who originally picked the Sooners in Class 2003. Oklahoma recently added a commitment from 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.

Big East List
Boston College pledged Class 2005 defensive back/linebacker Paul Anderson of Brooklyn-Poly Prep, NY. The Eagles recently gained tight end/defensive lineman Jim Ramella of Cleveland-St. Ignatius, Ohio.

Syracuse has a Class 2005 commitment from defensive lineman Cordarrow Thompson of Stafford-North Stafford, Va., over Marshall.

West Virginia pledged quarterback Nate Sowers of Martinsburg, WVa., who passed for 3258 yds and 48 touchdowns as a junior; and receiver Darren Brownlee of Germantown-Northwest, Md.

Rutgers has verbals from linebacker/defensive lineman Dakota Walker of Mays Landing-Oakrest, NJ; and defensive lineman/linebacker Chris Dirksz of Miami-Krop, Fla.

Pittsburgh has Class 2005 commitments from defensive back Domenic Jones of Columbus-Brookhaven, Ohio, over Michigan State, Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa, among others; and defensive back/running back Bryan Williams of Akron-Buchtel, Ohio, over Illinois, North Carolina and Akron.

Connecticut has Class 2005 commitments from offensive lineman Mike Hicks of Seymour, Conn; and defensive lineman Andrew Presnell of Middletown, Md.

ACC List
North Carolina has a commitment from tight end/running back/defensive lineman Nick Starcevic of Charlotte-Catholic, NC.

Virginia has its 18th Class 2005 commitment in defensive back/running back Mike Brown of Jersey City-St. Peter's Prep, NJ., over Tennessee, Rutgers, Notre Dame and Penn State, among many offers.

Virginia Tech has a Class 2005 commitment from offensive lineman Antonio North of Stafford-North Stafford, Va., over North Carolina State, Virginia and West Virginia.

SEC List

Mississippi State has a commitment from offensive lineman Chris Spencer of Meridian, Miss. The Bulldogs recently gained receiver Adron Chambers of Pensacola, Fla.

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MAC List
Bowling Green gained a pledge from receiver Luke Alexander of Springfield-South, Ohio.

WAC List
Fresno State pledged quarterback Ryan Colburn of Visalia-Central Valley Christian, Cal.

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Class 2005 Football Database: Prospects/Verbals
*Prospects/Commitments/Schools and Conferences.
*Early Top 150 Prospects/Super Prospects

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
*Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences.
*Top 150 Prospects/Super Prospects.
*Prospects by Home States
*Top Classes: Southern California, LSU, Florida State, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Texas.
*Junior College Players/NJCAA Football All-Americans.

Football Commitments/Signings:
CollegeSports: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2005: Database/Top Prospects
Class 2004: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.

Class 2003: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.
Class 2002: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.
Class 2001: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.
Class 2000: Database/Top Prospects/Top Classes.
Class 1999: Database/Top Prospects/Top Classes.
Class 1998: Database.
Class 1997: Database.

Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.