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Fulton, Mendenhall commit to Illinois

By Bill Hodge

Illinois has pledged Class 2004 defensive lineman Xavier Fulton of Flossmoor/Homewood-Flossmoor, Ill., over Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin; and running back/defensive back Walter Mendenhall of Skokie-Niles West, Ill. Mendenhall's younger brother, Class 2005 receiver/running back/defensive back Rashard Mendenhall, also committed to the Illini.

Huge running back Rashad Jennings of Lynchburg-Christian Academy, Va., committed to the Pittsburgh Panthers over Virginia Tech. The Panthers withdrew an offer to defensive lineman/linebacker Chenry Lewis of Paterson-Catholic, NJ., who recently indicated a verbal commitment.

Auburn has pledged Class 2004 offensive lineman Antwoin Daniels of Forsyth-Mary Persons, Ga., over offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville and Middle Tennessee State.

Kansas State pledged Class 2004 athlete Nevin McKenzie of San Antonio-Jay, Tex., over Missouri and Baylor. The Wildcats recently gained defensive back Tyvenskie Page of Dallas-Adamson, Tex., over offers from Tulsa, TCU, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Georgia Tech and Maryland.

Baylor has pledges from Class 2004 offensive lineman Chris Green of Richmond-Foster, Tex., and receiver Curtis Shaw of Beaumont-Ozen, Tex.

Receiver/defensive back Grant Mason of Pontiac-St. Mary's Prep, Mich., who recently left Stanford, is headed to Michigan. He caught 23 passes for 154 yards as a redshirt freshman last season.

Minnesota has a commitment from Class 2004 tight end Jack Simmons of Mundelein-Carmel, Ill., over Northwestern and Michigan State.

The Wisconsin Badgers pledged Class 2004 defensive back Antonio Freeman of Wauwatosa-West, Wis.

Sophomore quarterback Matt Bohnet of Grand Ledge, Mich., is transfering from Iowa to Eastern Michigan.

Check out the updated lists of Top 150 Prospects and Super Prospects. Where are the top Class 2004 defensive backs headed? List.

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.
Top 150 Receivers and additional Super Prospect Receivers.
Top 150 Tight Ends and additional Super Prospect Tight Ends.
Top 150 Offensive Linemen and additional Super Prospect OL.
Top 150 Defensive Linemen and additional Super Prospect DL.
Top 150 Linebackers and additional Super Prospect Linebackers.
Top 150 Defensive Backs and additional Super Prospect Defensive Backs.

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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