Gators land four of nation's top defensive players
The Florida Gators have made a huge attack in the Class 2005 recruiting wars with four outstanding commitments, including Top 150 defensive back Avery Atkins of Daytona Beach-Mainland, Fla; Top 150 defensive back Demetrice Morley of Miami-Killian, Fla; Super Prospect defensive lineman Vladimir Richard of Sunrise-Piper, Fla; and Super Prospect linebacker/defensive lineman Gerald Williams of Lauderdale Lakes-Anderson, Fla.
Arizona has a Class 2005 commitmnt in receiver Mike Thomas of DeSoto, Tex. The Wildcats recently gained 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Class 2005 Football Database: Prospects/Verbals
*Signing Dates: Midyear (Dec. 15, 2004-Jan. 15, 2005); Regular Period (Feb. 2-Apr. 1, 2005).
*Prospects/Commitments/Schools and Conferences.
*Early Top 150 Prospects/Super Prospects
"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California a>, 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 a>, Arizona, Oregon, Washington a>.
"Big East States": Florida, Pa, New Jersey, New York, Mass, Va, WVa.
Class 2004 Football Database: Signings/Top
*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.
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.
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