QB Sanchez picks USC over Texas, Ohio State

Updated: July 19, 2004, 9:18 AM ET
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

In a huge recruiting weekend, Notre Dame and head coach Tyrone Willingham have added five Class 2005 verbals, while the USC Trojans and Ohio State collected outstanding national prospects.

Headed for the Fighting Irish are touted quarterback Evan Sharpley of Marshall, Mich., over Iowa, LSU and Wisconsin; receiver David Nelson of Wichita Falls-Rider, Tex., over Nebraska and Kansas State; receiver David Grimes of Detroit-DePorres, Mich., over Iowa and Wisconsin; plus linebackers Scott Smith of Highland Park, Ill., over Illinois, Michigan State and UCLA, among many others; and Kevin Washington of Sugar Land, Tex., over Wisconsin, Northwestern and Houston.

Considered the nation's best pure pocket passer in Class 2005, Mark Sanchez of Mission Viejo, Cal., has committed to the USC Trojans over Ohio State and Texas. Among many others were Notre Dame, Florida, Stanford, Michigan and Oregon. He passed for 2460 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior.

Top 150 offensive lineman Kevin Bemoll of Mission Viejo, Cal., has chosen Ohio State over Florida, LSU and Miami-Florida, among many others. He joins teammate defensive lineman Ryan Williams, who had earlier picked the Buckeyes.

Tennessee has its fifth pledge in Class 2005 receiver/defensive back Ricardo Kemp of Warren, Ark.

The Oklahoma Sooners pledged defensive lineman Billy Blackard of Claremore, Okla.

Michigan State pledged linebacker/running back Andrew Hawken of Grandville, Mich., over Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

Defensive back Ricky Price of Houston-Cy Falls, Tex., is headed to Missouri. Among others were Wisconsin, Houston, Kansas and Colorado State.

West Virginia pledged receiver/defensive back Jeremy Bruce of Beaver Falls-Blackhawk, Pa. The Mountaineers recently gained linebacker Zac Cooper of Weirton-Weir, WVa; and quarterback Jarrett Brown of West Palm Beach-Palm Beach Lakes, Fla.

Tight end Ted Randolph of Mocksville-Davie County, NC., has chosen Wake Forest over Clemson, Duke, North Carolina and South Carolina, among others. Also headed for the Deacons is receiver E.J. Wynn of Waldorf-St. John's, Md.

Akron has a pledge from Class 2005 running back/linebacker Joseph Tuzze of Jermyn-Lakeland, Fla.

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.

Super Prospect quarterback Jonathan Garner of Daytona Beach-Mainland, Fla., is near a decision between Stanford, Florida, Miami-Florida, Mississippi and Memphis.

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Navy pledged quarterback Andrew Lair of New Orleans-Brother Martin, La.

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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.

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Syracuse has a Class 2005 commitment from quarterback Adam Hearns of Lansdale-North Penn, Pa., over Purdue, UConn and Temple.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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The Florida Gators have a pledge from Class 2005 receiver Louis Murphy of St. Petersburg-Lakewood, Fla., over Maryland, Iowa, Duke, South Florida and Louisville. The Gators 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.

Mississippi pledged receiver J.D. Lawhorn of Memphis-University, Tenn., who had 65 receptions as a junior.

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

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Houston pledged kicker Garrett Lafevre of Spring-Klein Collins, Tex. The Cougars recently gained offensive lineman Justin Washington of Port Arthur-Memorial, Tex.

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

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Arizona has a Class 2005 commitment from defensive back Corey Hall of DeSoto, Tex. The Wildcats recently gained receiver Mike Thomas of DeSoto, Tex.

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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).
*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.

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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.