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Tuesday, October 28
Irish, Sooners grab commitments

By Bill Hodge

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a commitment from offensive lineman John Kadous of Tucson-Salpointe Catholic, Ariz., over interest from UCLA, Stanford, Arizona and Northwestern.

Defensive lineman Jesse Mahelona of Kailua Kona-Kealakehe, Hawaii/Orange Coast CC, Cal., has committed to the Oklahoma Sooners over Arizona State.

Virginia has commitments from defensive back Chris Gorham of Pottstown, Pa., over Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Michigan State, among others; and linebacker Devonta Brown of Charlottesville, Va. The Cavs recently gained kicker Chris Gould of Lock Haven-Central Mountain, Pa., over Pittsburgh and Ohio State.

Receiver/linebacker Ezekiel Knight of Wedowee-Randoph County, Ala., has committed to Alabama over Auburn. The Tide recently gained receiver/defensive back Will Oakley of St. Augustine-Nease, Fla.

Linebacker/tight end Octavious Balkcom of Blakely-Early County, Ga., picked Auburn over Tennessee and Troy State.

Kentucky pledged defensive lineman Jason Leger of Mount Vernon-Rockcastle County, Kty., over offers from Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky. The Wildcats recently gained highly-recruited running back Rafael Little of Anderson-Hanna, SC., over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Central Florida has pledged running back Jared Spivey of Savannah-Benedictine MA, Ga.

The nation's top offensive lineman, Jeff Byers of Loveland, Colo., is expected to announce on Wednesday (Oct. 29) between Southern California, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas and UCLA, among many others.

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

Class 2004 Football Database
* Seach the early list of over 2690 Prospects.
* Search the database to find Commitments for your favorite Schools and Conferences.
*Football Signing Periods: Midyear JC Transfers (Dec. 17-Jan. 15) and Regular (Feb. 4-Apr. 1).
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* Lists of Top 150 Prospects/Super Prospects:
Top 150: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB.
Super Prospects: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB.

Football Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2005: Database
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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