Top 150 defensive back selects Sooners

Updated: July 22, 2004, 9:15 AM ET
By Bill Hodge |

The Oklahoma Sooners have pledged Top 150 defensive back Keenan Clayton of Sulphur Springs, Tex., over Texas A&M, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas State, LSU and Oklahoma State, among others.

The Sooners recently gained Top 150 receiver Malcolm Kelly of Longview, Tex., over Kansas State, LSU, Miami-Florida, Texas and Texas Tech, among others; and offensive lineman Ben Barresi of Edmond-North, Okla., over Oklahoma State and Wyoming.

Clemson has a commitment from 320-pound offensive lineman Jamarcus Grant of Mullins, SC., over South Carolina. The Tigers recently gained offensive lineman Thomas Austin of Camden, SC., over Maryland, Vanderbilt, Penn State, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

Oklahoma State has a commitment from running back LaMark Carter of Arlington-Lamar, Tex., over Arkansas and Kansas.

Cincinnati has pledged Class 2005 defensive lineman Tyler Clifford of Portsmouth, Ohio.

Top 150 quarterback Rob Schoenhoft, a Class 2005 prospect from Cincinnati-Xavier, Ohio, is set to announce between Ohio State (expected) 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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Notre Dame has added five Class 2005 verbals, including 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.

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The Iowa Hawkeyes have pledged Class 2005 linebacker B.J. Travers of Westlake, Ohio, over offers from Southern California, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Kentucky, Syracuse, Indiana and West Virginia, among many others.

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.

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

Big 12 List

Top 150 defensive lineman Aaron Lewis of Albuquerque-LaCueva, NM., has chosen Texas over Florida State. Among others were Georgia Tech and Texas Tech.

Texas Tech has defensive back LaShawn Vation of Irving-MacArthur, Tex.

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

Big East List
West Virginia pledged offensive lineman Frank Carduff of Shenandoah-Shenandoah Valley, Pa. The Mountaineers recently gained receiver/defensive back Jeremy Bruce of Beaver Falls-Blackhawk, Pa.

Syracuse has Class 2005 commitments from defensive lineman Andrew Lewis and defensive back Derek Bailey, both from Clifton-Centreville, Va. The Orange recently gained quarterback Adam Hearns of Lansdale-North Penn, Pa.

ACC List

Offensive lineman Zach Marshall of Mason, Ohio, has chosen Maryland over Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Boston College.

Wake Forest has pledged offensive lineman Trey Bailey of Duncan-Byrnes, SC; defensive back Channing Schofield of Wagener/Wagener-Salley, SC; and quarterback Brett Hodges of Winter Springs, Fla. The Demon Deacons recently gained tight end/defensive lineman Ben Wooster of Norcross-Greater Atlanta Christian, Ga; receiver Jonathan Jones of Madisonville-Sequoia, Tenn; tight end Ted Randolph of Mocksville-Davie County, NC; and receiver E.J. Wynn of Waldorf-St. John's, Md.

Miami-Florida has pledged Class 2005 defensive back Randy Phillips of Belle Glade-Glades Central, Fla.

SEC List

Alabama has pledged Class 2004 linebacker/defensive lineman Baron Huber of Knoxville-Powell, Tenn. The Tide recently gained a late signee for Class 2004 in defensive back Jeffrey Dukes of Oxford-Lafayette County, Miss/Northwest Mississippi CC, Miss.

Touted defensive lineman Louis Ellis of Jackson-Lanier, Miss., has decommitted from Mississippi. He is now considering Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi and LSU. The Rebels recently pledged receiver J.D. Lawhorn of Memphis-University, Tenn., who had 65 receptions as a junior.

Tennessee has its 5th pledge in Class 2005 receiver/defensive back Ricardo Kemp of Warren, Ark.

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South Florida has a pledge from defensive back R.J. Anderson of Seffner-Armwood, Fla.

Memphis has a pledge from Class 2005 athlete Billy Barefield of Shreveport-Evangel Christian, La.

MAC List
Bowling Green has a pledge from Class 2005 quarterback Kevin Leady of Pemberville-Eastwood, Ohio, over Eastern Michigan.

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

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Pac-10 List
Offensive lineman Chris Marinelli of Quincy-Boston College High, Mass., has committed to Stanford over Duke and Boston College.

Arizona has a Class 2005 commitment from defensive lineman Anthony Sapa of Moreno Valley, Cal/Riverside CC, Cal., over Arizona State, Oregon State and Nebraska. The Wildcats recently gained defensive back Corey Hall of DeSoto, Tex.

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.

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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.

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.