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Connor selects Nittany Lions over ND, Michigan

By Bill Hodge

Penn State has pledged one of the nation's top Class 2004 linebackers in Dan Connor of Wallingford-Strath Haven, Pa., over 40 other offers topped by Notre Dame and Michigan. The Nittany Lions recently pledged defensive lineman/tight end Josh Gaines of Fort Wayne-Northrop, Ind., over offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue and Michigan State.

Top 150 quarterback Chad Henne, a Class 2004 prospect from West Lawn-Wilson, Pa., is expected to decide on Thursday (Aug. 7) between Penn State, Michigan and Miami-Florida.

Oklahoma has pledged Class 2004 defensive lineman Alan Davis of Colleyville-Heritage, Tex., over Nebraska and LSU, among others.

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Big Ten Verbal List
Class 2004 defensive back/receiver Lance Melvin of Bridgewater/Bridgewater-Raritan, NJ., committed to Purdue over Rutgers.

Big 12 Verbal List
Class 2003 offensive lineman Matt Thompson of Missoula, Mont., has transfered from Air Force to Kansas. He will redshirt this season.

Conf-USA Verbal List
Defensive back/receiver Matt Panfil, a Class 2004 prospect from Crowley-North Crowley, Tex., committed to TCU. The Horned Frogs recently gained tight end/defensive end Craig Boatwright, a Class 2004 prospect from Everman, Tex.

Pac-10 Verbal List
The Oregon State Beavers pledged Class 2004 quarterback Michael Perri of Covina-Charter Oak, Cal., over offers from Arizona and UNLV. The Beavers recently gained receiver Zach Tarver of Portland-Jesuit, Ore. Oregon State also signed Class 2003 defensive back/running back Eric Anderson of Phoenix-Camelback, Ariz., for this fall.

Class 2004 Football Database
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* Lists of Top 150 Prospects/Super Prospects:
Top 150 Quarterbacks and additional Super Prospect Quarterbacks.
Top 150 Running Backs and additional Super Prospect Running Backs.
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Top 150 Linebackers and additional Super Prospect Linebackers.
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Class 2003 Football Database
* Check lists: Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences.
* Lists of Top 150 Prospects/Super Prospects/Top 150 JC Prospects.
*LSU, Florida and Southern California led the Final 2003 Top Classes.

Football Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004: Database/Top Prospects/Conference.
Class 2003: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.
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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