|Friday, December 19
UCLA raids JUCO ranks for linemen
By Bill Hodge
Several schools have received signings during the first days of the Early Period as progams look for immediate help from junior college and prep prospects.
Many of the teams are among the traditional powers. Three junior college football student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend UCLA, head coach Karl Dorrell announced. They include defensive lineman Kyle Morgan, tight end Matt Raney and offensive lineman Marc Villafuerte. The Bruins expect to sign two more.
"Kyle, Matt and Marc fill immediate areas of need in our program," said Dorrell. "They will all benefit by participating in Spring Practice and we expect them all to help us next season."
Heading the early list of signees are Utah State (6 prospects), Kentucky (5), BYU (4), Kansas State (4) and Southern Mississippi (4). Others include Texas Tech (3), LSU (3), Boise State (3), Florida (2), Georgia (2), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (2) and Washington (2).
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Purdue has offensive lineman Sean Sester of Ft. Thomas-Highlands, Kty., over Kentucky, Louisville, Miami-Ohio, Michigan State, South Carolina and Indiana. The Boilermakers recently gained receivers Fabian Martin of Chicago-Prosser, Ill., who decommitted from Illinois; and Bruce Gordon of Naples, Fla/Dodge City CC, Kan.
Illinois has a pledge from defensive back Jody Ellis of Evanston-Township, Ill. The Illini recently gained defensive back Charles Bailey of Fort Wayne-Northrop, Ind; offensive linemen Ryan McDonald of Holland-West Ottawa, Mich; and Tony Sparkman of Plymouth-Wayzata, Minn.
Linebacker Johnny Sampy of Galena Park, Tex; and defensive lineman William Brody of Cleveland-Benedictine, Ohio, committed to Minnesota. The Gophers recently added tight end/defensive lineman Sam Scroggins of St. Louis-McCluer North, Mo; quarterback Andre Sloan El of Philadelphia-Roman Catholic, Pa; quarterback David Wess of Whitehall, Ohio; punter Justin Kucek of Canfield, Ohio; and linebacker Leland Jones of Atlanta-Douglass, Ga.
Virginia Tech pledged defensive back Rod Council of Charlotte-West Charlotte, NC., over Virginia, Michigan and Notre Dame. The Hokies recently gained receiver Jeremy Gilchrist of Virginia Beach-Landstown, Va., over Colorado and Kent State; 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.
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South Carolina has a commitment from offensive tackle Justin Sorenson Parksville, British Columbia. The Gamecocks recently signed defensive back Jonathan Joseph of Coffeyville CC, Kan., over such schools as Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Kentucky has offensive lineman Ernie Pelayo of Chula Vista, Cal/Southwestern CC, Cal; defensive lineman B. Jay Parsons of Irvine-Woodbridge, Cal/Saddleback CC, Cal; and receiver Scott Mitchell of Mt. San Antonio CC, Cal., over Arizona State, Oregon State, Texas A&M and San Diego State. The Wildcats recently gained athlete Shomari Moore of Camden, NJ; defensive back Jarrell Williams of Cincinnati-Princeton, Ohio, over Illinois and Wisconsin; and defensive lineman Cedric Koger of Okeechobee, Fla/Dodge City CC, Kan.
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TCU has offensive lineman Preston Phillips of Amarillo-Tascosa, Tex; and defensive back Quincy Butler of San Antonio-Roosevelt, Tex/Tyler CC, Tex., who decommitted from Missouri. TCU recently gained tight end Brent Hecht of Bern, Kan/Butler County CC, Kan., over East Carolina.
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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.