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'Canes, Cornhuskers get defensive help

By Bill Hodge

Miami-Florida has pledges from Super Prospect defensive lineman Eric Moncur of Miami-Carol City, Fla., over interest from North Carolina State, Ohio State, Florida Statre and Georgia; and linebacker Leo Waiters of Miami-Northwestern, Fla., over interest from Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina State.

Super Prospect linebacker Lance Broadus of Woodland Hills-Taft, Cal., chose Nebraska over Arizona, Oklahoma, Oregon and San Diego State.

Clemson has committments from Top 150 junior college defensive back Brian Staley of Aiken, SC/Georgia Military, Ga., and linebacker Nick Watkins of New Orleans-Karr, La. Staley also considered Florida, Nebraska and South Carolina. The Tigers recently gained running back Brandon Nolen of Old Bridge, NJ., over Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

Top 150 offensive lineman John Sullivan of Greenwich, Conn., denies reports of making a commitment to Notre Dame over Boston College. He enjoyed his visit to South Bend, has the Irish leading and expects to announce his decision within a few days. Defensive lineman/linebacker Dwight Stephenson Jr. of Boca Raton, Fla., has not personally confirmed a decommitment from Florida to the Irish. Many sources have claimed both prospects are headed for the Irish.

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

Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, USC, Georgia, Michigan, Miami-Florida, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Florida head the Early Top Classes (Updated daily).

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Big Ten:
Linebacker Cedric Scott of Charleston-Capital, WVa., will walk-on at Ohio State. He is the younger brother of current Buckeye defensive lineman Darrion Scott.

The Iowa Hawkeyes pledged receivers James Townsend of Delran-Holy Cross, NJ., over South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia; and Tyler Fanucchi of Claremont, Cal., over Boise State.

Defensive lineman Jamaal Jones of Oradell-Bergen Catholic NJ., is headed to Purdue over Rutgers.

Penn State added a verbal from receiver/defensive back Brent Wise of Harrisburg-Central Dauphin, Pa., over UConn.

Minnesota pledged linebacker John Shevlin of Apple Valley-Eastview, Minn., over an offer from Northwestern; and kicker/punter Rhys Lloyd of Rochester Community & Technical College, Minn. The Gophers recently signed linebacker Brian Smith of El Camino CC, Cal.

Big 12:
Super Prospect running back Marcus Woods of Farmington Hils-Harrison, Mich., committed to Missouri over Nebraska, Kansas, Bowling Green and Toledo. Also headed for the Tigers is defensive back Kyle Seals of Arlington-Sam Houston, Tex., who decommitted from TCU.

Kansas has pledged offensive lineman Cesar Rodriguez of La Puente-Bishop Amat, Cal., over interest from Washington, California, UCLA, Arizona and Idaho; defensive lineman Emmanuel Phillips of Cypress-Cy Springs, Tex; and defensive lineman Jon Conlin of Vancouver, BC., who also drew interest from LSU, Utah, Utah State and Boise State.

Texas Tech has pledged offensive lineman/tight end Ben Griffin of Ennis, Tex., who decommitted from Baylor; defensive back Antonio Huffman of Lovejoy, Ga/Dodge City CC, Kan; and defensive back Chris Parker of Dallas-Sunset, Tex.

Defensive lineman/tight end Nick Davidson of Hurst-Bell, Tex., has committed to Iowa State over an offer from Kansas.

Oklahoma State pledged defensive lineman Phil Friess of Conway Springs, Kan; tight end Omar McKenzie of Sugar Land-Dulles, Tex., over Arkansas; and defensive lineman Maurice Cummings of Rosebud-Lott, Tex.

Baylor pledged defensive back Brannan Moton of Pittsburgh, Tex., over Oklahoma State; and receiver Dominque Zeigler of Killen-Harker Heights, Tex.

Defensive lineman Malcolm Wooldridge of Boca Raton, Fla/Hargrave MA, Va/USC/Harper CC, Ill., committed to Kansas State over interest from North Carolina, Indiana and Tennesse. He recently denied a report of a verbal to the Hoosiers. The Wildcats recently added defensive lineman Alphonso Moran of Boca Raton, Fla., over Indiana; and offensive lineman Travis Triplett of st. Louis, Mo/Dodge City CC, Kan., over Clemson, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina and Texas Tech.

Big East:
Defensive lineman Eric Ball of Hamden, Conn., is headed to Syracuse over Boston College, Iowa, UConn, Michigan State and Penn State.

Offensive lineman Kevin Sheridan of Cleveland-St. Ignatius, Ohio, and defensive back James Silva of East Providence, RI., chose Boston College. The Eagles recently gained Dorien Bryant, a Top 150 receiver/defensive back from Swedesboro-Kingsway Regional NJ., over Michigan State, North Carolina State and Purdue, among over 40 other offers.

Rutgers gained linebacker Quintero Frierson of Coral Gables, Fla., over Auburn, Kentucky, South Florida and Central Florida.

Defensive lineman Kenny Price of Virginia Beach-Kempsville, Va., picked North Carolina over Clemson, West Virgnia, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Also head for the Heels is offensive lineman Charlston Gray of Fort Worth-Dunbar, Tex., over Purdue, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Alabama.

Linebacker Martrel Brown of Pembroke-Purnell Swett, NC., has given a verbal to North Carolina State.

Defensive back John Talley of Duncan-Bynres, SC. has given a verbal to Duke.

Maryland gained commitments from Super Prospect defensive lineman Jermaine Lemons of Tampa-Jefferson, Fla., over Notre Dame; and quarterback/tight end Daniel Gronkowski of Williamsville-North, NY.

Georgia has pledged linebackers Marcus Howard of Hanahan, SC., over Clemson, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Tennessee; and Jarvis Jackson of Atlanta-Washington, Ga., over interest from Clemson, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State and West Virginia.

Florida gained a verbal from offensive lineman Steven Rissler of Sarasota-Riverview, Fla., over South Florida.

Tight end Kenny Williams of Hialeah-American, Fla., has committed to Auburn over Rutgers, Missouri, Mississippi and Central Florida.

Receivers B.J. Vickers, a Super Prospect, and Antwuan Giddens, both from Los Angeles-Venice, Cal., picked Louisville. Their teammate, quarterback Eddie Miller, had recently pledged to the Cards. Also headed for Louisville are defensive backs Early McCray of Douglas-Coffee County, Ga., and Jimmy Wright of Melbourne-Palm Bay Senior, Fla.

Memphis pledged defensive back/athlete Jamal Rufus and offensive/defensive back Jamarcus Gaither, both from Memphis-Frayser, Tenn.

Quarterback Todd Spitzer of Greenville-Hillcrest, SC., picked Cincinnati.

Houston collected pledges from offensive lineman Jason Wagner of Keller, Tex; linebacker Trent Allen of Longview-Spring Hill, Tex; defensive lineman/linebacker Eddie McCray of Baytown-Lee, Tex; defensive back Charlie Jefferson of Denton-Ryan, Tex; and offensive linemen Jeff Akeroyd of Lubbock-Monterey, Tex.

Quarterback Damion Carter of New Orleans-Newman, La., has committed to Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles recently gained running back Larry Thomas of Jackson-Callaway, Miss.

Defensive back/running back Freddie Stoglin of Brownwood, Tex., committed to TCU.

Sun Belt:
Middle Tennessee State gained running back Terry Jackson of Memphis-Kingsbury, Tenn; offensive lineman Ty Goodrich of Union City, Tenn; receiver Taron Henry of Murfreesboro-Riverdale, Tenn; and running back Ralph Gunter of Hephzibah, Ga.

Receiver Roland Garrett of Edmond-Santa Fe, Okla., chose Tulsa over interest from Missouri and Kansas.

Hawaii has a pledge from receiver Jason Rivers of Honolulu-St. Louis, Hawaii, over interest from Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Arizona State.

Defensive back Herb City of Midland, Tex., chose UTEP over interest from Texas Tech, North Texas and TCU.

SMU gained a firm commitment from linebacker Avery Cleveland of Austin-LBJ, Tex., over TCU and Colorado. SMU recently gained defensive lineman Brandon Bonds of Cooper, Tex; receiver Reynaldo Pellerin of Spring-Westfield, Tex; and defensive back Joe Sturdivant of Lilburn-Parkview, Ga., over Navy and Georgia Tech.

Boise State gained twin offensive linemen Jeff Cavender and Pete Cavender of Elko, Nev.

Mountain West:
San Diego State gained defensive lineman Phil Tuihalamaka of San Bernardino Valley CC, Cal., over Kansas, Hawaii and San Jose State; defensive back/receiver Brett Swain of Carlsbad, Cal., over Arizona State and Utah; and offensive lineman Mike Kravetz of Las Vegas-Durango, Nev., over UNLV and Utah.

Colorado State gained receiver Greg Chatman of Carson-Senior, Cal.

BYU gained defensive back Viliami Nauahi of Kahuku, Hawaii. The Cougars recently added kicker/punter Mitch Payne of North Ogden-Weber, Utah, over Air Force, Stanford, Arizona and Washington State.

Utah has a commitment from offensive lineman Kyle Gunther of Camarillo-Adolfo, Cal. The Utes recently added receiver Eric Weddle of Rancho Cucamonga-Alta Loma, Cal., over Colorado State, Wyoming, UNLV and New Mexico State; receiver/defensive back Kyle Brady of Tooele, Utah, and defensive back Ryan Smith of LaPuente-Bishop Amat, Cal.

New Mexico pledged receiver Major Mosley of Richmond-Bush, Tex., and running back Marcus Smith of San Diego-Morse, Cal.

Running back J.J. Arrington of Rocky Mount-Northern Nash, NC/College of the Canyons, Cal., who signed with Oregon, has now committed to the California Bears. Oregon has appealed to the Pac-10 to investigate the signed letter. The mid-year transfer signing period ran from Dec. 18 through Jan. 15, ending at midnight. Arrington apparently signed with Oregon after deadline.

Defensive back Darnell Henderson of Oakland-McClymonds, Cal., is headed to Arizona State. ASU recently gained Top 150 defensive lineman Kyle Caldwell of Scottsdale-Saguaro, Ariz., over UCLA. Among others were Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Miami-Florida and Washington.

Defensive back Chris Horton of New Orleans-De La Salle, La., chose UCLA. The Bruins recently gained defensive lineman/linebacker Aaron Whittington of St. Louis-Hazelwood East, Mo.

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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