Gators' recruiting swamp continues
Florida recently gained four outstanding 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.
Clemson has a commitment from offensive lineman Quentez Ruffin of Tallahassee-Leon, Fla., over LSU, North Carolina State, Kansas State, South Carolina and Central Florida. The Tigers recently gained defensive back Hadrian Lewis of Goose Creek-Stratford, SC; and tight end Paul Muse of Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla.
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.
Top 150 quarterback Rob Schoenhoft, a Class 2005 prospect from Cincinnati-Xavier, Ohio, has narrowed his choices to Ohio State and Michigan. Among many others were Florida, LSU, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
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Oklahoma State has gained 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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