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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).

Search the early list of over 2900 Prospects, Commitments and Signings for your favorite Schools and Conferences. Football Signing Periods: Midyear JC/Prep Transfers (Dec. 17-Jan. 15) and Regular (Feb. 4-Apr. 1).

Check out the Top 150 Prospects and Super Prospects. Where are the top Class 2004 running backs headed? List.

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Independents Verbal List

Big Ten Verbal List
Michigan State has a pledge from defensive/offensive lineman Nick Smith of Canton-GlenOak, Ohio, over Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Kentucky and North Carolina State.

Wisconsin pledged receiver Emmanuel Spann of Atlanta-Westlake, Ga., over interest from Clemson, Duke, Louisville and Marshall.

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.

Big 12 Verbal List

Big East Verbal List
Pittsburgh added defensive lineman/linebacker Nick Williams of Plantation, Fla., over Mississippi, Boston College, Mississippi State and South Florida.

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.

Temple has kicker/punter Ryan Lux of Palomar CC, Cal.

ACC Verbal List

SEC Verbal List
Mississippi signed defensive lineman Corvelli Haynes of Mississippi Delta CC, Miss., and offensive lineman James McCoy of Gulf Coast CC, Miss. The Rebels recently gained defensive lineman Alton Pettway of Itawamba CC, Miss., over Nebraska and Illinois.

Mississippi State has a verbal from linebacker/defensive lineman Jazz Johnson of Gadsden-Litchfield, Ala.

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.

Conf-USA Verbal List
Southern Mississippi signed offensive lineman Joseph Leech of Itawamba CC, Miss; offensive lineman Ricardo Clark of Itawamba CC, Miss; defensive back Howard Overby of Copiah-Lincoln CC, Miss; and defensive lineman Thomas Johnson of Mississippi Gulf CC, Miss.

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.

MAC Verbal List
Toledo gained linebacker/defensive lineman Anthony Hoke of Warren-Harding, Ohio.

WAC Verbal List
Tulsa has pledged defensive back Anthony Germany of Oklahoma City-Putnam City, Okla. The Golden Hurricane recently gained defensive lineman Charles Walker of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; running back Tarrion Adams of Moore, Okla; and defensive back Billy Greenidge of Irving-MacArthur, Tex.

Sun Belt Verbal List
Utah State has signed six junior college prospects, including receiver Lawrence Lovelace of Fontana-Miller, Cal/Chaffey CC, Cal.

Pac-10 Verbal List
California pledged offensive lineman Jeff Fritch of Palos Verde-Peninsula, Cal. The Bears recently gained offensive lineman Alatini Malu of Long Beach CC, Cal; and defensive back Bernard Hicks of Fresno-Edison, Cal., who decommitted from Washington State.

Mountain West Verbal List
BYU pledged receiver Austin Collie of El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge, Cal. The Cougars recently signed linebacker Justin Luettgerodt of Foothill CC, Cal; and pledged defensive back Turmarian Moreland of Los Angeles Valley CC, Cal; and receiver Riley Weber of Glendale CC, Ariz.

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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