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Coveted DB Steltz selects Tigers

By Bill Hodge

LSU has pledged Top 150 defensive back Craig Steltz of Metairie-Rummel, La., over Colorado, UCLA, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and Tulane, among others.

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.

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

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The Iowa Hawkeyes have a pledge from defensive back Charles Godfrey of Baytown-Lee, Tex., over Missouri. Godfrey, the brother of Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson, was also recruited by Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and TCU. The Hawkeyes recently gained defensive back Walner Belleus of Immokalee, Fla/Dodge City CC, Kan., over Illinois, Arizona State and South Florida; and running back Shonn Green of Atco-Winslow Township, NJ., over Clemson, Syracuse, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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.

Receiver Bruce Gordon of Naples, Fla/Dodge City CC, Kan., has committed to Purdue.

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.

Big 12 Verbal List
Texas A&M has commitments from defensive back Danny Gorrer of Port Arthur-Memorial, Tex; and linebacker/defensive lineman Aaron Brown of Los Angeles-University, Cal/Compton CC, Cal. The Aggies recently gained linebacker/running back Kedric Goins of Freeport-Brazosport, Tex., over Northwestern and Iowa State. Dustin Long, a Texas A&M junior quarterback from Port Neches-Groves, Tex., will transfer to Sam Houston State.

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.

Colorado has a commitment from linebacker Greg Newman of Westlake Village-Westlake, Cal.

Baylor has pledges from linebackers Bradley Bullitt of Garland-Naaman Forest, Tex., over Iowa State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, SMU and Kansas State; and Geoff Nelson of Cedar Hill, Tex.

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.

Big East Verbal List
Rutgers added a pledge from defensive lineman Jamaal Westerman of Brampton, Ontario-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary.

ACC Verbal List

SEC Verbal List
Kentucky pledged defensive lineman Cedric Koger of Okeechobee, Fla/Dodge City CC, Kan.

Vanderbilt pledged running back/defensive back Reshard Langford of Tanner, Ala., over interest from Southern Mississippi, Mississippi and Memphis.

Conf-USA Verbal List
UAB pledged quarterback Chad Wilmott of Valley Center, Kan/Butler County CC, Kan.

Houston has gained linebacker Rodney Rideaux of Port Arthur-Memorial, Tex.

TCU has gained tight end Brent Hecht of Bern, Kan/Butler County CC, Kan., over East Carolina.

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.

MAC Verbal List
Eastern Michigan pledged quarterback Joe Ganz of Palos Hills-Stagg, Ill.

WAC Verbal List
Running back DeMyron Martin of Allen, Tex., committed to SMU over New Mexico State and Tulsa.

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.

Pac-10 Verbal List

Mountain West Verbal List
San Diego State pledged 6-10 offensive lineman Rob Nelson of Mesa-Skyline, Ariz/Scottsdale CC, Ariz; defensive lineman George Fifita of Van Nuys-Birmingham, Cal; running back Reggie Ross of San Diego-Mira Mesa, Cal; defensive lineman Brian Wilson of Lancaster-Paraclete, Cal., over interest from Nebraska and Fresno State; and offensive lineman Eric Rouser of Ventura-St. Bonaventure, Cal., over Washington, Oregon State, Arizona State and Arizona, among others. The Aztecs recently gained offensive lineman Chris Pino of Palomar CC, Cal., over Ohio State, Washington, Utah, Arizona and Arizona State; and receiver/defensive back DeMarco Sampson of Chula Vista-Castle Park, Cal., over San Jose State and Wyoming.

Wyoming has a pledge from receiver Jason Wallace of Overland Park, Kan/Fort Scott CC, Kan.

Utah pledged defensive back Tim Harris of Pittsburgh, Kan/Fort Scott CC, Kan.

Air Force pledged receiver Jonathon Hughes of Garland, Tex.

Class 2004 Football Database
* Seach the early list of over 2900 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).
* Check out the database for prospects in your Home State
* 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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