|Friday, January 24
RB Marrero to Stanford; TE Irizarry to OSU
By Bill Hodge
In a major recruiting blow for Notre Dame, Top 150 running back David Marrero of Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla., has decommitted from the Irish to Stanford. ND Head Coach Tyrone Willingham, who left the Cardinal for South Bend last year, recently gained commitments from Top 150 offensive lineman John Sullivan of Greenwich, Conn., over Boston College; and defensive lineman/linebacker Dwight Stephenson Jr. of Boca Raton, Fla., who decommitted from Florida.
Top 150 tight end Louis Irizarry of Youngstown-Ursuline, Ohio, has repledged to Ohio State after decommitting from Miami-Florida. The Buckeyes recently gained Super Prospect defensive lineman Sian Cotton of Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio, over Florida, Pittsburgh and Clemson, among many others.
Super Prospect defensive lineman Richard Kittrell of Hamden-Hyde, Conn., has chosen the Iowa Hawkeyes over Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina and UConn. The Hawks recently gained Super Prospect running back Albert Young of Moorestown, NJ., who decommitted from Wisconsin; and Super Prospect quarterback Drew Tate of Baytown-Lee, Tex., who decommitted from Texas A&M.
Chris Patrick, a Super Prospect defensive lineman from Ithaca, Mich., pledged to Nebraska after decommitting from Purdue. He had earlier decommitted from Wisconsin. The Huskers recently added defensive backs Donald Defrand of Fort Lauderdale, Fla/Dodge City CC, Kan., and Titus Brothers of Converse-Judson, Tex., tight end J.B. Phillips of Colleyville-Heritage, Tex., over Kansas State and Oklahoma State; and Super Prospect linebacker Lance Broadus of Woodland Hills-Taft, Cal., over Arizona, Oklahoma, Oregon and San Diego State.
South Carolina has recommitments from Super Prospect receiver Noah Whiteside of Greenville, SC., who also considered Clemson, Maryland and Pittsburgh; and touted defensive lineman Charles Silas of Swainsboro, Ga/Georgia Military Academy, Ga., who decommitted from Arkansas.
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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Minnesota pledged defensive back Stephen Rhea of Klein-Forest, Tex., and offensive lineman John Jakel of Schofield-D.C. Everest, Wis. The Gophers recently added receiver Adam Galbreath of Spring-Westfield, Tex., over interest from Kansas, SMU, Houston and TCU.
Defensive back Markeith Childress of Long Beach CC, Cal., is headed to Kansas. The Jayhawks recently gained receiver Ricky Stokes of Georgia Military Academy, Ga., and defensive lineman Chuck Jones of Long Beach-Poly, Cal/Pasadena CC, Cal.
Running back Andre Callender of West Orange-Seton Hall Prep, NJ., and offensive lineman Tom Anevski of Cincinnati-Elder, Ohio, chose Boston College. The Eagles recently gained running back/linebacker Lennox Whitworth of Milton-Catholic Memorial, Mass., over Vanderbilt; offensive lineman Kevin Sheridan of Cleveland-St. Ignatius, Ohio; defensive back James Silva of East Providence, RI., and Dorien Bryant, a Top 150 receiver/defensive back from Swedesboro-Kingsway Regional NJ.
Georgia Tech pledged linebacker Kyle Pupello of Tampa-Plant, Fla., and defensive lineman Joe Anoai of Pensacola-Escambia, Fla. The Yellow Jackets recently gained linebacker/defensive back KaMichael Hall of Houston-Klein Forest, Tex., over North Carolina and Northwestern.
Defensive lineman Charles Silas of Swainsboro, Ga/Georgia Military Academy, Ga., decommitted from Arkansas and repledged to South Carolina. The Razorbacks recently gained defensive lineman Titus Peebles of Swainsboro, Ga/Georgia Military Academy, Ga; defensive back Kevin Woods of Memphis-Fairley, Tenn., and defensive lineman Zarnell Fitch of Oklahoma City-Spencer, Okla/Navarro CC, Tex.
Vanderbilt pledged offensive lineman Chris Williams of Baton Rouge-Catholic, La., over Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Illinois and Southern Mississippi. The Commodores recently gained receiver George Smith of Hollywood-Hollywood Hills, Fla.
Twin defensive backs Thomas and Eddie Miller of Palm Bay, Fla., picked Louisville. The Cards recently gained running back/defensive back Kolby Smith of Tallahassee-Rickards, Fla; and defensive lineman Amobi Okoye of Huntsville-Lee, Ala.
Utah has verbals from defensive lineman Alex Puccinelli of Sherman Oaks-Notre Dame, Cal; offensive lineman David Dirkmaat of San Jose, Cal/Fresno CC, Cal; linebacker Bryce Scanlon of Evanston, Wyo; and receiver Quincy Lever of Tustin-Foothill, Cal.
Linebacker Marcus Miller of Cerritos CC, Cal., committed to Oregon over interest from Kansas State, LSU, Marshall and North Carolina. Also headed for the Ducks is receiver Marcus Maxwell of Diabolo Valley CC, Cal. Defensive lineman Ray Tago of Long Beach CC, Cal., decommitted from the Ducks.
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.