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Monday, January 26, 2004
QB Xavier Lee selects 'Noles over Auburn, Texas

By Bill Hodge

One of the nation's top prospects, quarterback Xavier Lee of Daytona Beach-Seabreeze, Fla., has chosen the Florida State Seminoles over Auburn and Texas, among many others. Lee, who passed for 3133 yards and 37 touchdowns as a senior, is Florida's all-time prep record holder in passing yards (9,082), completions (549) and touchdowns (98). The Seminoles also gained huge offensive lineman Geoff Berniard of Lafayette-St. Thomas More, La., over South Carolina; and receiver Kenny O'Neal of Oakland-Skyline, Cal., over Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oregon and Nebraska.

Top 150 receiver Xavier Carter of Melbourne-Palm Bay, Fla., has committed to LSU over Florida. Among many others were Florida State, Miami-Florida, UCLA and South Carolina. The Tigers also added athletes Harry Coleman of Baldwin-West St. Mary, La; and Patrick White of Daphne, Ala.

The USC Trojans have a commitment from Top 150 receiver Fred Davis of Toledo-Rogers, Ohio, over Ohio State, Florida, Miami-Florida and Oklahoma.

Miami-Florida has commitments from Top 150 defensive lineman Dwayne Hendricks of Millville, NJ., over Virginia and Iowa, among many others; defensive back Anthony Reddick of Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla., over Georgia and Ohio State; and defensive lineman Antonio Dixon of Miami-Washington, Fla., over Florida, Florida State and Rutgers.

Top 150 receiver/defensive back Doug Dutch of Washington, DC-Gonzaga, pledged to the Michigan Wolverines over Florida, Maryland, Miami-Florida and Virginia, among many others.

Regarded as the best high school prospect in Nebraska this year, Top 150 defensive back Cortney Grixby of Omaha-Central, Neb., chose the Nebraska Cornhuskers over Notre Dame. Many others included Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas State. The Huskers also gained commitments from Top 150 running back Brandon Jackson of Horn Lake, Miss; defensive lineman Adam Blankenship of Tulsa-Union, Okla; running back Fredrick Franklin of New Orleans-Carver, La; receiver Gabe Hatchett of Sacramento City CC, Cal; quarterback Joe Ganz of Palos Hills-Stagg, Ill., who decommitted from Eastern Michigan; and offensive lineman Cornelius Thomas of CC of San Francisco, Cal.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have commitments from defensive lineman Justin Brown of Forestville-Bishop McNamara, Md., over Penn State; and defensive back/receiver Junior Jabbie of Princeton-The Hun School, NJ., over Boston College, Missouri, Penn State and Wake Forest. Notre Dame recently gained Top 150 running back Darius Walker of Buford, Ga., over Alabama, Stanford, Ohio State and Arkansas.

Mississippi pledged Top 150 linebacker Gary Pack of Hattiesburg-Oak Grove, Miss., over Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee and Southern Mississippi; and running back Lavarus Giles of Benoit-Brooks, Miss.

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*UPDATED 1/23/04: USC, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Miami-Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, Oregon, PSU, Texas A&M, Alabama and Florida State lead the Early 2004 Top Classes.

*Search the early list of over 3600 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).

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Independents Verbal List

Big Ten Verbal List

The Minnesota Gophers have pledged kicker Jason Giannini of Canton-Glenoak, Ohio; and defensive lineman Nhemie Theodore of Irvington, NJ.

Big 12 Verbal List

Kansas has commitments from punter Kyle Tucker of Katy-Cinco Ranch, Tex; linebacker Brouce Mompremier of Miami-Edison, Fla; and defensive lineman Martin Miller of Moorpark CC, Cal.

Kansas State has a commitment from linebacker Lester Graham of Fort Pierce-John Carroll, Fla., who decommitted from Minnesota.

Missouri has defensive back Domonique Johnson of LaMarque, Tex; and tight end Brian Barmann of Weston-West Platte, Mo.

Reserve red-shirt freshman quarterback Noah Allen of Pearland, Tex., who recently announced he would transfer from Oklahoma, has enrolled at Sam Houston State. The Sooners recently pledged Top 150 defensive back Marcus Walker of Waco, Tex., over Florida State, LSU, Arkansas and Texas A&M.

Starting junior running back Derek Farmer of Tyler-Lee, Tex., has decided to transfer from Texas A&M to Stephen F. Austin. Aggie backup junior quarterback Dustin Long of Port Neches-Groves, Tex., recently transfered to Sam Houston State.

Colorado has defensive lineman Chris Todd of Tulsa-East Central, Okla.

The Iowa State Cyclones pledged defensive back Josh Hargis of Vista, Cal/Grossmont CC, Cal., who had 11 interceptions this season; and defensive back Thad Jones of Tallahassee-Lincoln, Fla.

Big East Verbal List

Virginia Tech pledged defensive back Purnell Sturdivant of Norfolk-Lake Taylor, Va.

West Virginia pledged running back/defensive back Marcus Platt of Venice, Fla., over Nebraska and Clemson; and receiver Tito Gonzalez of Tampa-Blake, Fla.

Rutgers has a commitments from defensive lineman Renold Fenelus of Fort Lauderdale, Fla; and defensive back Bruce McKever of Belle Glade-Glades Central, Fla. The Scarlet Knights recently gained offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah of Edison-JP Stevens, NJ., over Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Maryland and Iowa.

ACC Verbal List

Clemson pledged tight end/defensive lineman Xavier Littleberry of Columbus, Ohio/Camden-Camden Military, SC.

North Carolina snared defensive back Derrick Fulton of Lake City-Columbia, Fla., over Clemson, North Carolina State and South Florida. The Heels recently gained offensive lineman Thomas Nyaoga of Arlington-Mansfield Summit, Tex., over Colorado.

Georgia Tech pledged kicker Kyle Belcher of Albany-Deerfield Windsor Academy, Ga. The Yellow Jackets recently gained running back/defensive back Drew Gause of Spring, Tex; and defensive back Djay Jones of Kingsland-Camden County, Ga.

SEC Verbal List

Alabama pledged receiver Keith Brown of Pensacola, Fla.

Auburn gained linebacker/defensive back Merrill Johnson of Butler-Choctaw County, Ala.

South Carolina has defensive back C.J. Barber of Rock Hill-Northwestern, SC., over Clemson; and offensive lineman Evan Spangoians of West Chester-Lakota West, Ohio. The Gamecocks recently gained quarterback Antonio Heffner of Memphis-Melrose, Tenn., over Kentucky, Louisville and Memphis; and running back Antonio Lamar of Snellville-Brookwod, Ga., over Maryland and Mississippi State.

Mississippi State has pledges from receiver Keon Humphries of Montgomery/Sidney-Lanier, Ala; and defensive back Mario Bobo of Batesville-South Panola, Miss.

Vanderbilt has pledged defensive linemen Gabe Hall of Virginia Beach-Atlantic Shores, Va/Fork Union MA, Va; and David Carter of Waynesboro, Pa/Fork Union MA, Va. The Commodores recently gained defensive lineman Theo Horrocks of Fayetteville-Lincoln County, Tenn.

Conf-USA Verbal List

Louisville has commitments from Super Prospect defensive back Bobby Buchanan of Joliet-Catholic, Ill., who decommitted from Illinois; tight end Gary Barnidge of Middleburg, Fla; defensive back Chris Hampton of Memphis-Melrose, Tenn., over Arkansas, Memphis and Mississippi; and defensive lineman/tight end Breno Giacomini of Malden, Mass. The Cards recently gained Top 150 quarterback Brian Brohm of Louisville-Trinity, Kty., over Kentucky, Tennessee and Notre Dame ESPN Brohm Chat; running back George Stripling of Jacksonville-Jackson, Fla., and defensive lineman Adrian Grady of Douglas-Coffee County, Ga.

Defensive lineman Antonio Harris of Shreveport-Green Oaks, La., picked Tulane. The Green Wave also gained tight end Gabriel Ratcliff of Houston-Jersey Village, Tex., who decommitted from Colorado.

Cincinnati added offensive lineman Trevor Canfield of Cincinnati-Western Hills, Ohio, who decommitted from Miami-Ohio; and offensive lineman Khalil El-Armin of Cincinnati/Purcell-Marian, Ohio.

South Florida pledged offensive/defensive lineman Randy Jackson of Lake Mary, Fla.

Southern Mississippi has defensive back C.J. Barrows of Powder Springs-McEachern, Ga.

MAC Verbal List

Western Michigan added running back Mark Bonds of Indianapolis-Warren Central, Ind.

Ohio has a pledge from defensive lineman Jeff Browning of Harrison, Ohio, who had been committed to Cincinnati.

WAC Verbal List

Tulsa pledged defensive back Tyvenskie Page of Dallas-Adamson, Tex., who decommitted from Kansas State.

Boise State pledged defensive back/receiver Marty Tadman of Mission Viejo, Cal.

Redshirt-sophomore running back Tyler Ebell of Ventura, Cal., who started eight games this past season for UCLA, has decided to play for UTEP and new coach Mike Price.

Louisiana Tech added quarterback Andre Daniel of Midwest City, Okla/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Okla., over TCU and East Carolina.

Sun Belt Verbal List

Middle Tennessee State added tight end Stephen Chicola of Jacksonville-Bolles, Fla., over South Florida.

Pac-10 Verbal List

The UCLA Bruins pledged quarterback Patrick Cowan of Bellflower-St. John Bosco, Cal. Redshirt-sophomore running back Tyler Ebell of Ventura, Cal., who started eight games this past season for UCLA, has decided to play for UTEP and new coach Mike Price.

Oregon has pledged offensive lineman Mark Asper of Odgen-Boonesville, Utah, over BYU, Utah and Arizona. He will first go on mission. The Ducks recently gained outstanding running back Terrell Jackson of Corona-Centennial, Cal; plus Top 150 defensive back Willie Glasper and Super Prospect linebacker Terrance Kelly, both from Concord De La Salle, Cal.

Arizona has defensive back B.J. Dennard of Phoenix-Brophy Prep, Ariz., over Arizona State, Colorado State, Oregon State and Utah; and receiver Bobby McCoy of Houston-Klein Forest, Tex., over Texas A&M, Arkansas and Notre Dame.

Arizona State has a commitment from offensive lineman John Lehman of Giddings, Tex.

California has linebacker Marlin Simmons of Lynwood, Cal.

Oregon State pledged running back Patrick Fuller of Covina-Charter Oak, Cal; running back Keith Johnson of Elk Grove-Laguna Creek, Cal; receiver Marcel Love of CC of San Francisco, Cal; and linebacker/defensive back Keith Ellison of Redondo Beach-Union, Cal/San Diego State/El Camino CC, Cal.

Washington snared defensive lineman Greyson Gunheim of Sebastopol-Analy, Cal., over California, Oregon and Nebraska.

Stanford pledged receiver Anthony Kimble of Baton Rouge-University Lab, La., over Duke.

Mountain West Verbal List

Utah pledged defensive back Adarrious Ross of Culver City, Cal., over Colorado State, Boise State and Washington.

BYU added athlete/kick returner B.J. Mathis of Richardson-Berkner, Tex; and receiver Michael Reed of Baytown-Lee, Tex. The Cougars recently gained defensive back/linebacker Karland Bennett of Richardson-Berkner, Tex; linebacker Billy Turner of San Francisco-Riordan, Cal; and receiver Antwaun Harris of Garland-South Garland, Tex.

UNLV pledged linebacker Matt Pattison of Kenmore-Inglemoor, Wash/Saddleback CC, Cal. The Rebels recently gained linebacker Beau Bell of Tustin, Cal., over San Diego State and Arizona State.

New Mexico added tight end Chris Marks of Las Vegas-Bishop Gorman, Nev., over interest from Oregon, Wyoming and San Jose State.

Class 2004 Football Database
* Seach the early list of over 3600 Prospects.
* Search the database to find Commitments and Signings 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/Early Top Classes.

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.