Horns add top RB, Vols snag top lineman

Originally Published: July 8, 2004
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

Top 150 running back Jamaal Charles of Port Arthur-Memorial, Tex., has pledged to the Texas Longhorns. Charles, who rushed for 2,051 yards as a junior, also considered Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Texas A&M, among many others.

The Tennessee Vols have a commitment from touted Class 2005 defensive/offensive lineman Wes Brown of Athens, Ala., over Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, among others.

Wisconsin gained Class 2005 quarterback Dustin Sherer of Arcadia-Hamilton Heights, Ind., over Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, among others.

Rutgers has a verbal from receiver/athlete Tiquan Underwood of Lawrenceville-Notre Dame High, NJ., over Vanderbilt. The Scarlet Knights recently gained linebacker/defensive lineman Dakota Walker of Mays Landing-Oakrest, NJ; and defensive lineman/linebacker Chris Dirksz of Miami-Krop, Fla.

Northern Illinois has a Class 2005 commitment from offensive lineman Kevin Skatrud of Brodhead-Juda, Wis.

Oregon has a commitment from Class 2005 defensive lineman Brian Truelove of Snellville-Brookwood, Ga. The Ducks recently gained offensive lineman Mat Webb of Vancouver-Heritage, Wash., over Washington and Washington State.

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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.

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Running back Corey Robertson of Denison, Tex., has put his recent commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes on hold.

Northwestern has pledged Class 2005 linebacker/running back Mike Dinard of Parma-Padua Franciscan, Ohio.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Pittsburgh has a Class 2005 commitment from running back Irvan Brown of Central Square-Paul V Moore, NY., over Syracuse and Wisconsin. The Panthers recently gained 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.

Boston College pledged Class 2005 defensive lineman Josh Williams of Hampton-Hampton School, NH., over Syracuse and UConn. The Eagles recently gained defensive back/linebacker Paul Anderson of Brooklyn-Poly Prep, NY; and 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.

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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.

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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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Bowling Green has a Class 2005 commitment from offensive lineman Guy Williamson of Mohomet/Mahomet-Seymour, Ill. The Falcons recently gained receiver Luke Alexander of Springfield-South, Ohio.

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UCLA pledged Class 2005 linebacker Kaluka Maiava of Wailuku-Baldwin, Hawaii, over Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, among others.

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


*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
*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 CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.