Cavaliers land 19th Class of 2005 commit

Updated: July 15, 2004, 9:40 AM ET
By Bill Hodge |

Virginia has its 19th Class 2005 commitment in linebacker Darryl Gresham Jr. of Roanoke-William Fleming, Va., over Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, among others.

Clemson has a commitment from defensive back Hadrian Lewis of Goose Creek-Stratford, SC. The Tigers recently gained tight end Paul Muse of Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., over Auburn, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Indiana and Central Florida.

North Carolina pledged Class 2005 receiver Brandon Tate of Burlington-Cummings, NC., over West Virginia and East Carolina.

Georgia Tech has gained Class 2005 commitments from defensive lineman Brad Sellers of Arlington-Bowie, Tex., over Duke and Toledo; and defensive back Jahi' Word-Daniels of Hoover, Ala., over Duke, Louisville and Vanderbilt.

Oklahoma State has Class 2005 commitments from defensive back T.J. Bell of DeSoto, Tex; and linebacker Eric Preast of Sulphur, Okla. The Cowboys recently gained Class 2004 offensive lineman Jeremy Palmoore of Memphis-Hamilton, Tenn/Hargrave MA, Va., who originally chose Arkansas.

Pittsburgh signed two late Class 2004 prospects in receiver Jason Gaffney of Oakland-Hayward, Cal/Laney CC, Cal; and offensive lineman Dominic Williams of Colorado Springs-Harrison, Colo/Air Force Prep.

West Virginia pledged linebacker Zac Cooper of Weirton-Weir, WVa. The Mountaineers recently gained quarterback Jarrett Brown of West Palm Beach-Palm Beach Lakes, Fla., over Central Florida, Iowa and Minnesota.

Alabama has a late signee for Class 2004 in defensive back Jeffrey Dukes of Oxford-Lafayette County, Miss/Northwest Mississippi CC, Miss.

Class 2005 quarterback Zach Barnard of Owensboro-Catholic, Kty., pledged to Marshall.

One of the nation's top Class 2005 quarterbacks, Mark Sanchez of Mission Viejo, Cal., is near a decision between Ohio State, the USC Trojans, Texas and Notre Dame. He passed for 2460 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior.

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Independents List
Notre Dame has a verbal from running back Asaph Schwapp of Hartford-Weaver, Conn., who decommitted from Maryland.

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

Big 12 List
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.

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.

Big East List

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.

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

ACC List
Florida State has a verbal from offensive lineman Sergio Render of Newnan, Ga., over Mississippi State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Duke added verbals from kicker Joe Surgan of Ft. Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla; receiver Raphael Chestnut of Reidsville, NC; and quarterback Zack Asack of Westwood-Xaverian Brothers, Mass.

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

SEC List
The Florida Gators have gained four outstanding Class 2005 commitments in 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.

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

Conf-USA List
Houston pledged offensive lineman Justin Washington of Port Arthur-Memorial, Tex.

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

WAC List

Sun Belt List

Pac-10 List
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.

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.

Mountain West List
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.

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

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.