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'Canes, Buckeyes, Horns receive commitments

By Bill Hodge

Two Top 150 prospects, defensive lineman Nate Robinson of Irvington, NJ., and offensive lineman Andrew Bain of Pompano Beach-Ely, Fla., have committed to Miami-Florida. Robinson had over 50 offers, headed by Rutgers, Syracuse, North Carolina and Maryland. Bain also considered Florida State. Among many others were North Carolina State, Ohio State and Stanford.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have pledged Top 150 defensive back Donte Whitner of Cleveland-Glenville, Ohio, over Miami-Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and USC; teammate Super Prospect defensive back Dareus Hiley, over Miami-Florida, Michigan, USC and Wisconsin; and Super Prospect defensive linemen Brandon Maupin of West Chester-Lakota West, Ohio, over Pittsburgh and Boston College.

One of the nation's top tight end prospects, Tony Hills of Alief-Elsik, Tex., pledged to the Texas Longhorns over Oklahoma, Colorado, LSU, Arkansas, Florida, Tennesse and Texas Tech, among many others.

Outstanding junior college defensive back James Griffin of Memphis-East, Tenn/Pasadena CC, Cal., announced for Virginia Tech over LSU.

Top 150 running back Jason Evans of Kennesaw-Harrison, Ga., decommitted from Penn State for Stanford.

Maryland gained outstanding defensive lineman Conrad Bolston of Washington, DC-St. John's Prep, over Boston College, Ohio State, Florida and Penn State. The Terps recently gained offensive lineman Robert Jenkins of Nassau CC, NY., who decommitted from Virginia; and offensive lineman Andrew Crummey of Van Wert, Ohio, over Boston College and Wake Forest.

The early football signing period for mid-year qualifiers is Dec. 18-Jan 15. The spring period is Feb. 5-Apr. 1. Search the list of Prospects/Commitments/Signings/By Conference.

Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Georgia, Michigan, USC, South Carolina and Miami-Florida head the Early Top Classes.

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Big Ten:
Super Prospect defensive lineman Chris Patrick of Ithaca, Mich., decommitted from Wisconsin and is headed to Purdue. The Boilermakers recently added Top 150 defensive lineman Doug Van Dyke of Marshall, Mich., over Michigan. Others were Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan State.

Running back JaJa Riley of San Diego-Mission Bay, Cal., has transferred from Ohio State to UNLV. He rushed for 44 yards during 2002 as a reserve.

Tight end Chris Rudanovic of Sussex-High Point, NJ., committed to Indiana over Purdue. The Hoosiers recently gained running back Kenni Burns of Springfield-Sacred Heart Griffin, Ill., defensive back Aaron Mitchell of South Holland-Thornwood, Ill; offensive lineman Corey Hilliard of New Orleans-Jesuit, La; tight end Brian Faires of Indianapolis-Ben Davis, Ind; and offensive lineman Paul Hearn of Calgary-Champagne Regional, Alberta.

Big 12:
The Oklahoma Sooners added defensive lineman John Williams of Houston-Lamar, Tex., over Arizona, Colorado, Iowa State and UCLA. Also expected to pick the Sooners is defensive lineman Brad Girtman of Houston-Memorial, Tex., over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Colorado State.

Linebacker Corey McKeon of Naperville-North, Ill., chose Nebraska over Illinois, South Carolina, Purdue and Miami-Ohio, among others.

Kansas gained defensive back Taurance Rawls of Garland, Tex., over interest from Kansas State, UTEP, Texas Tech, Houston and Louisville.

Kansas State pledged offensive lineman Tom Robinson of Cerritos CC, Cal., who also had interest from San Diego State. The Wildcats recently signed top junior college defensive backs Cedrick Williams and Corey Reddick, both from Garden City CC. Reddick had decommitted from Iowa.

Baylor added linebacker Jon Michael Morgan of Shreveport-Evangel, La., over Arkansas and Louisiana Tech.

Tight end James Wright of Houston-Spring Woods, Tex/Kilgore CC, Tex., committed to Iowa State. The Cyclones recently gained Top 150 defensive back Brandon Owens of Delray Beach-Atlantic, Fla.

Big East:
Pittsburgh pledged receiver Terrell Allen of Duncan-Byrnes, SC., over Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama; and offensive lineman Mike DeLuca of Chardon-Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, Ohio, over Boston College. The Panthers recently added defensive back Mike Phillips of Warren-Harding, Ohio, over Iowa; quarterback Joe Flacco of Aububon, NJ; and linebacker Derron Thomas of Greenbelt-Eleanor Roosevelt, Md., over Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Syracuse and West Virginia.

Syracuse pledged receiver Landel Bembo of Tallahassee-Godby, Fla., over Indiana and Central Florida; and running back/defensive back Jeremy Sellers of Rawlings-Allegany, Md/Fork Union MA, Va.

Georgia Tech gained linebacker Nick Moore of Arlington, Tex., over interest from Iowa State, Wisconsin and Colorado State.

Wake Forest pledged offensive lineman Brodie Overstreet of Danville-Boyle County, Kty., and receiver Travo Woods of Longwood-Lyman, Fla.

Mississippi State signed defensive lineman Deljuan Robinson of Hernando, Miss., who originally signed with the Bulldogs in Class 2002, but underwent heart surgery.

Tulane pledged receiver/linebacker Preston Brown and defensive lineman Elijah Robinson, both from Camden-Wilson, NJ. Brown had considered Iowa, Indiana, Penn State and Purdue.

TCU pledged linebacker Chase Ortiz of League City-Clear Creek, Tex., over Missouri, Iowa State and Houston; and offensive lineman Will Oliver of Lindale, Tex., who earlier decommitted from Texas A&M. The Horned Frogs recently gained quarterback Chad Huffman of Sugar Land-Elkins, Tex., over interest from New Mexico and Pittsburgh.

Sun Belt:
Middle Tennessee State pledged linebacker Antoine Ownes of Nashville/Ezell-Harding, Tenn., over interest from Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina and athlete Jonathan Ward of Collinwood, Tenn., over interest from Memphis, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

Defensive back C.D. Moss of Copperas Cove, Tex., picked SMU over Arkansas.

Rice added linebacker Garrett Dornon of Bellville, Tex; and running back Marcus Rucker of Magnolia, Ark., over Missouri, Arkansas State and Tulsa. The Owls recently gained running back John Wall of Dallas-Jesuit Prep, Tex., over Purdue, Northwestern and Navy.

Mountain West:
San Diego State added linebacker Marc Hull of Harbor City-Narbonne, Cal., over UNLV.

Running back JaJa Riley of San Diego-Mission Bay, Cal., has transferred from Ohio State to UNLV. He rushed for 44 yards during 2002 as a reserve. Offensive/defensive lineman Howie Fuimaono of Chula Vista-Bonita Vista, Cal., verballed to the Rebels over San Diego State.

BYU pledged offensive lineman Jason Speredon of West Valley-Granger, Utah, who will first go on mission; tight end Dan Van Sweden of Layton-Northridge, Utah; plus defensive lineman Brian Soi and offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds, both from Provo-Timpview, Utah.

Colorado State pledged defensive lineman Blake Smith of Tulsa-Union, Okla., over UCLA; defensive lineman/tight end Jesse Nading of Highlands-Thunder Ridge, Colo; running back Adam Gabriel of Monrovia, Cal., over Wisconsin; and offensive lineman Robbie Heos of Pearland, Tex.

Arizona State signed tight end Aaron Austin of Fresno CC, Cal. The Sun Devils recently gained a soft commitment from receiver Ruben Jackson of Stockton-Edison, Cal., over Marshall and Oregon.

Washington has pledges from receiver/defensive back Charles Smith of LaMesa-Helix, Cal., over Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona; defensive back Clarence Simpson of Sylmar, Cal; defensive back/linebacker/receiver Chris Hemphill of Gardena-Serra, Cal., and receiver Sonny Shackelford of Beverly Hills, Cal.

California pledged defensive back Daymeion Hughes of Los Angeles-Crenshaw, Cal., and has a soft verbal from defensive back/receiver Thomas Decoud of Pinole Valley, Cal.

Running back Yvenson Bernard of Boca Raton, Fla., picked Oregon State.

Defensive lineman Ray Tago of Long Beach-Poly, Cal/Long Beach CC, Cal., is headed to Oregon. He originally signed with USC as a prep, but did not qualify. The Ducks recently added defensive back Marc Walker of CC of San Francisco, Cal; linebacker Jerome Johnson of Los Angeles-Dorsey, Cal., and receiver Garren Strong of Cupertino-Homestead, Cal.

Class 2003:
*Seach the list of Prospects/Commitments/By Conference.
*Post-Summer list of Top 150 Prospects/Commitments .

*Top 150 Prospects by Position: QB/RB/WR/TE/OL/DL/LB/DB.
*More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.

*Check out the Early Top 150 JC Prospects.
*Top 150 JC Prospects by Position: QB/RB/WR/TE/OL/DL/LB/DB.

*Check out the Early Top Classes.
*Football Signing Periods: Early: (midyear JC transfers) Dec. 18-Jan 15; Regular: Feb. 5-Apr. 1.

N.D./Big Ten Verbals: ND, Ill, Ind, Iowa, Mich, Mich St, Minn, NW, Ohio St, Penn St, Purdue, Wis.

Big 12 Verbals: Baylor, Colo, Iowa St, Kan, Kan St, Mo, Neb, Okla, Okla St, Tex, Tex A&M, Tex Tech.

SEC Verbals: Ala, Ark, Aub, Fla, Ga, Kty, LSU, Miss, Miss St, SoCarol, Tenn, Van.

ACC Verbals: FSU, NC State, Md, GT, Clemson, Va, NC, WF, Duke.

Big East Verbals: Miami, VT, BC, Syr, Pitt, WVa, Temple, Rutgers.

Pac-10 Verbals: Arizona, ASU, Cal, Oregon, Ore State, Stan, USC, UCLA, Wash, Wash State.

Football Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: Main Recruiting Page.

Class 2004: Database.
Class 2003: Database/Top Prospects/Conference.
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.

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