|Tuesday, December 16
Coveted DB Steltz selects Tigers
By Bill Hodge
Georgia Tech pledged defensive lineman David Brown of Madison-Bob Jones, Ala., over Alabama, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Georgia, among others. The Yellow Jackets recently gained defensive lineman A.J. Smith of Tampa-Jesuit, Fla; and receiver James Johnson of Winter Garden-West Orange, Fla.
Virginia Tech pledged defensive lineman Mike Mangold of Merritt Island, Fla., over Florida, Miami-Florida, North Carolina State and Tennessee; running back/defensive back Brandon Ore of Chesapeake-Indian River, Va; and offensive/defensive lineman Ryan Shuman of Fork Union MA, Va. The Hokies recently gained their 4th prospect from Hargrave MA for Class 2004 in defensive back Brandon Flowers of Del Ray Beach, Fla.
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Defensive lineman Everette Pedescleaux of Robbinsdale-Armstrong, Minn., who had picked Northern Iowa for basketball and did not sign during the early period, has committed to Minnesota for football. He is expected to walk-on for Gopher basketball.
Illinois gained offensive linemen Ryan McDonald of Holland-West Ottawa, Mich; and Tony Sparkman of Plymouth-Wayzata, Minn. Illinois recently gained receiver Alex Stroud of Concord-DeLaSalle, Cal; linebacker Sam Carson of Downers Grove-South, Ill., over Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville and Northwestern; and defensive lineman Jeff Sobol of Herculaneum, Mo.
Defensive back Joe Walker of Green Bay-Notre Dame, Wis., committed to Wisconsin. Linebacker Jammar Crane of Garland, Tex., decommitted from Wisconsin and is considering Kansas, the Badgers, Colorado State and Oklahoma State.
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The Missouri Tigers added defensive lineman George Lane of Arlington, Tex/College of the Siskiyous, Cal., over Iowa State, California, Baylor, Oregon and San Jose State. The Tigers recently gained Top 150 quarterback Chase Patton of Columbia-Rock Bridge, Mo., over Kansas State, Iowa, Tennessee, UCLA and Virginia; defensive back Quincy Butler of San Antonio-Roosevelt, Tex/Tyler CC, Tex., over Tennessee, Texas A&M, TCU, Iowa, Kansas and Syracuse, among others; defensive lineman Stryker Sulak of Rockdale, Tex; and linebacker Arthur Miller of Kirkwood, Mo.
Kansas has commitments from defensive back Rodney Harris of San Bernardino Valley CC, Cal; defensive back Aqib Talib of Richardson-Berkner, Tex; linebacker Mozell Axson of Lakeland-Jenkins, Fla; and receiver Dexton Fields of Dallas-South Oak Cliff, Tex.
Louisville has a pledge from tight end Scott Kuhn of Boone County-Connor, Kty., who decommitted from Cincinnati. The Cardinals recently gained receiver Elijah Daniel of Brundidge-Pike County, Ala., over Mississippi State and West Virginia; and linebacker Gabe Wallace of Fort Campbell, Kty., who had earlier decommitted from Kentucky.
Tulane has pledged offensive lineman Michael Parenton of Thibodaux-White, La. The Green Wave recently added defensive lineman Ryan Johnson of Dallas-Carter, Tex., over Arizona, Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State; linebacker/defensive lineman Michael McCabe of Kentwood-Sumner, La; running back defensive lineman Adeboye Tuyo of Houston-Jersey Village, Tex; defensive lineman Julian Sams of Slidell-Northshore, La; and running back Matt Forte of Slidell, La.
Tulsa has pledges from defensive lineman Tommy Daniels of Ennis, Tex., over interest from Wisconsin, Kansas State and Baylor; tight end Brandon Jones of Duncanville, Tex; and athlete Ted Curtis of Moore, Okla.
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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.