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Seminoles land top DB pledge

By Bill Hodge

Touted defensive back Ryan Gilliam of Tallahassee-Lincoln, Fla., has chosen Florida State over Florida and Oregon, among many others.

Offensive lineman Derek Morris of Huntersville-North Meckenberg, NC., is set for North Carolina State over Miami-Florida and Oklahoma. Considered a Top 150 prospect in Class 2002, he signed with Ohio State, but was released from scholarship.

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

More Football News:

Big Ten:
Minnesota gained a verbal from receiver John Scroggins of Dallas/Wilmer-Hutchins, Tex., over SMU.

Big 12:
Super Prospect quarterback Drew Tate of Baytown, Tex., has decommitted from Texas A&M following the coaching change. He is now considering Houston, Baylor and Iowa.

Baylor has pledged linebacker Marcus Foreman of Waco-Midway, Tex., over TCU, Oklahoma State, New Mexico and SMU.

Big East:
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Cubit of Columbia-Hickman, Mo., will transfer from Rutgers to Western Michigan. Cubit won the quarterback position as a freshman, but started only four games during 2002.

North Carolina has a commitment from running back/defensive back Ronnie McGill of Clover, SC., over Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. The Heels recently gained linebacker Kory Gedin of Washington, DC-Gonzaga, over Boston College. Others were Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

Wake Forest has pledges from defensive lineman/linebacker James Martin of Pompano Beach-Ely, Fla., over North Carolina, North Carolina State and Michigan State; and defensive back Devin Blake of Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., who decommitted from Tulane.

Linebacker Darius Ingram of Tenaha, Tex., pledged to the LSU Tigers over Arkansas and TCU.

Running back/defensive back Cory Boyd of Orange, NJ., chose South Carolina over Virginia Tech, Boston College, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Super Prospect defensive lineman Bruce Davis of League City-Clear Creek, Tex., has decommitted from Texas, UCLA and now Arkansas. He is reconsidering the Bruins, plus looking at Colorado and LSU.

Offensive lineman Beau Tuft of Houston-Westside, Tex., committed to Houston over New Mexico, UTEP and San Jose State.

Sun Belt:
Louisiana-Lafayette pledged linebacker Josh Lancaster of Colleyville-Heritage, Tex., over New Mexico, Rice and Memphis.

Sophomore quarterback Ryan Cubit of Columbia-Hickman, Mo., will transfer from Rutgers to Western Michigan. Cubit won the quarterback position as a freshman, but started only four games during 2002.

Hawaii gained offensive lineman Michael Lafaele of Honolulu-Farrington, Hawaii; and defensive back George Perry of Kahuku, Hawaii.

Rice gained defensive back Will Galusha of Abilene-Cooper, Tex.

Fresno State has offensive lineman Dylan Storey of Orange-El Modena, Cal.

Boise State gained receiver Phillip Goodman of Sacramento CC, Cal; quarterback Alex Brink of Eugene-Sheldon, Ore; and linebacker/athlete Mike Altieri of Vista, Cal.

Running back/receiver Marcus Thomas of Tolleson, Ariz., has chosen Arizona over Oregon, Washington State and UCLA. He rushed for 3573 yards and 46 touchdowns as a senior. The Wildcats recently gained Top 150 quarterback Richard Kovalcheck of San Diego-St. Augustine, Cal., over Tennessee.

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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