|Tuesday, February 11
Tigers, Gators and Trojans
By Bill Hodge
The football recruiting wars have settled down, as LSU, Florida and Southern California led the Final 2003 Top Classes.
Other outstanding classes included Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, Tennessee and South Carolina.
The LSU Tigers finished with 13 Top 150 prospects and another eight Super Prospects among their 28 signees. Notables include RB Alley Broussard, DB Nick Child, RB Barrington Edwards, WR Amp Hill, DB Daryl Johnson, DB LaRon Landry, DL Sean Merrill, DL Kirston Pittman, QB JaMarcus Russell, OL Jerry Sevin, DL Carnell Stewart and DL Tim Washington, LSU also added top junior college LB Kenny Hollis.
Florida signed 15 Top 150 players and had two Super Prospects. QB Chris Leak is the star of a great class. Among other outstanding preps are WR Andre Caldwell, RB Joe Cohen, LB Earl Everett, WR Chad Jackson, QB Justin Midgett, DL Jarvis Moss, DB Reggie Nelson, DL Marcus Thomas and DB Dee Webb. The Gators also brought in five top junior college prospects.
The USC Trojans dominated the Pac-10, signing 12 of the top 15 prospects on the West Coast. The Trojans collected three of the nation's best running backs in Reggie Bush, Chauncey Washington and Lendale White. Other top prospects included WR Whitney Lewis, WR Steve Smith, TE Chris Barrett, LB Lawrence Jackson, DL Sedrick Ellis, DL Lawrence Jackson, LB Thomas Williams and OL Drew Radovich. USC add two outstanding junior college prospects and resigned DB Darnell Bing, one of the nation's top players in Class 2002.
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N.D./Big Ten: ND, Ill, Ind, Iowa, Mich, Mich St, Minn, NW, Ohio St, Penn St, Purdue, Wis.
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.