Rutgers keeps top 150 OL Roche at home

Originally Published: July 12, 2004
By Bill Hodge |

Outstanding quarterback Chase Daniel of Southlake-Carroll, Tex., has pledged to the Missouri Tigers over offers from Duke, Houston, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Stanford, TCU and Kansas State. He passed for 2681 yards and 42 touchdowns as a junior.

Rutgers has a verbal from Top 150 offensive lineman Brian Roche of Ramsey-Don Bosco Prep, NJ., over Miami-Florida. Among over 40 others were Virginia, Boston College, North Carolina, Stanford, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. The Scarlet Knights recently gained receiver/athlete Tiquan Underwood of Lawrenceville-Notre Dame High, NJ., over Vanderbilt.

Georgia has a commitment from Class 2005 offensive lineman Ian Smith of Cartersville, Ga., over Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Louisville.

Linebacker/defensive back Deveon Simmons of Virginia Beach-Landstown, Va., pledged to Virginia Tech over Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Pittsburgh, among others.

West Virginia pledged quarterback Jarrett Brown of West Palm Beach-Palm Beach Lakes, Fla., over Central Florida, Iowa and Minnesota. The Mountaineers recently gained quarterback Nate Sowers of Martinsburg, WVa; and receiver Darren Brownlee of Germantown-Northwest, Md.

Clemson has a commitment from tight end Paul Muse of Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., over Auburn, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Indiana and Central Florida.

Temple has pledged Class 2005 linebacker Bryant Parker of Randallstown, Md.

Indiana has a commitment from Class 2005 offensive lineman Paul Backowski of Foley, Minn., over Wyoming.

Texas Tech has a commitment from offensive lineman Louis Vasquez of Corsicana, Tex., over Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

Kansas State has a commitment from receiver Andrew Richards of Keller, Tex., over North Carolina. The Wildcats recently gained receiver/quarterback Zac Robinson of Littleton-Chatfield, Colo.

Miami-Ohio pledged quarterback Daniel Raudabaugh of Coppell, Tex. He also considered SMU and UTEP.

The Oregon Ducks have a commitment from Class 2005 defensive lineman Nick Reed of Mission Viejo, Cal., over Oregon State. The Ducks recently gained defensive lineman Brian Truelove of Snellville-Brookwood, Ga; and offensive lineman Mat Webb of Vancouver-Heritage, Wash.

Arizona has a late addition to Class 2004 in defensive lineman Jonathan Turner of Corona, Cal., who originally signed with the USC Trojans last year, but had NCAA Clearinghouse problems and sat out the season.

New Mexico has commitments from defensive lineman Terrance Woods and defensive back Michael Watson, both from Seguin, Texas.

San Diego State has a commitment from receiver Kendrick Ussin of Marrero-John Ehret, La.

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

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.

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Top 150 running back Jamaal Charles of Port Arthur-Memorial, Tex., has pledged to the Texas Longhorns. Charles, who rushed for 2051 yards as a junior, also considered Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Texas A&M, among many others.

Big East List
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.

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

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

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.

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Class 2005 Football Database: Prospects/Verbals
*Signing Dates: Midyear (Dec. 15, 2004-Jan. 15, 2005); Regular Period (Feb. 2-Apr. 1, 2005).
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*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.

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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.