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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
OL Kyle Mitchum is headed to Columbus

By Bill Hodge
CollegeSports.com

One of the nation's top offensive linemen, Lydon Murtha of Hutchinson, Minn., has decommitted from Minnesota and will play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The Huskers recently gained Top 150 defensive back Cortney Grixby of Omaha-Central, Neb., over Notre Dame; 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; and offensive lineman Cornelius Thomas of CC of San Francisco, Cal.

Top 150 offensive lineman Kyle Mitchum of Erie-McDowell, Pa., has pledged to the Ohio State Buckeyes over Iowa and West Virginia. He also considered Michigan, Boston College, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin, among many others.

The Florida State Seminoles gained touted offensive lineman Dumaka Atkins of Sarasota-Booker, Fla. The Seminoles recently added one of the nation's top prospects, quarterback Xavier Lee of Daytona Beach-Seabreeze, Fla; offensive lineman Geoff Berniard of Lafayette-St. Thomas More, La; and receiver Kenny O'Neal of Oakland-Skyline, Cal.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have commitments from defensive back Leo Ferrine of Jersey City-St. Peter's Prep, NJ; and quarterback Darrin Bragg of San Jose-Bellarmine, Cal. Notre Dame recently gained 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. The Irish are expected to gain offensive lineman Allen Smith of Tempe-Corona Del Sol, Ariz., later this week.

North Carolina State pledged Super Prospect tight end Octavious Darby and receiver John Dunlap, both from Hollywood/Chaminade-Madonna Prep, Fla.

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*UPDATED 1/27/04: USC, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, Georgia, Florida State, Miami-Florida, Maryland, Texas A&M, and Florida 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).

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

*Check out the Class 2004 Junior College Prospects. Search the NJCAA Football All-Americans (Does not include California).

Independents Verbal List

Big Ten Verbal List

Running back Damian Sims of Greenacres-Leonard, Fla., expects to sign with Iowa after decommitting from Virginia Tech.

Big 12 Verbal List

Texas Tech pledged defensive back Darcel McBath of Gainesville, Tex., over Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Notre Dame. He had earlier decommitted from TCU.

Kansas State has a commitment from defensive back Kyle Williams of Navarro CC, Tex., over Arkansas, Texas A&M and TCU. The Wildcats recently gained linebacker Lester Graham of Fort Pierce-John Carroll, Fla., who decommitted from Minnesota.

The Iowa State Cyclones pledged defensive lineman Collins Eboh of Des Moines-Roosevelt, Ia. The Cyclones recently gained 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

Pittsburgh pledged tight end Robbie Agnone of Etters-Red Land, Pa.

West Virginia pledged running back Tyler Benoit of Lafayette-Comeaux, La., over Michigan State and Oklahoma State; and running back/linebacker William McLee of Uniontown, Pa. The Mountaineers recently gained running back/defensive back Marcus Platt of Venice, Fla., over Nebraska and Clemson; and receiver Tito Gonzalez of Tampa-Blake, Fla.

ACC Verbal List

Duke has linebacker/defensive lineman Alfred Williams of Atlanta-Westlake, Ala.

Clemson pledged touted receiver Aaron Kelly of Marietta-Walton, Ga., over Wake Forest and Duke. The Tigers recently gained tight end/defensive lineman Xavier Littleberry of Columbus, Ohio/Camden-Camden Military, SC.

Wake Forest pledged linebacker Antonio Wilson Jr and defensive back Demir Bolden, both from Pahokee, Fla.

Georgia Tech pledged offensive lineman Nate McManus of Mountain Brook, Ala. The Yellow Jackets recently gained kicker Kyle Belcher of Albany-Deerfield Windsor Academy, Ga.

SEC Verbal List

Georgia pledged athlete/quarterback Erik Walden of Thomasville-Thomas County, Ga.

Tennessee pledged offensive linemen Anthony Parker of Lovejoy, Ga; and Cameron Mayo of Dalton, Ga., who decommitted from Auburn.

Auburn pledged defensive/offensive back Tristan Davis of Atlanta/Tri-Cities, Ga. The Tigers recently gained linebacker/defensive back Merrill Johnson of Butler-Choctaw County, Ala.

South Carolina has offensive lineman Evan Spangoians of West Chester-Lakota West, Ohio; and defensive back Stoney Woodson of Tampa-Middleton, Fla. The Gamecocks recently gained defensive back C.J. Barber of Rock Hill-Northwestern, SC., over Clemson.

Arkansas has pledged defensive backs Desmond Williams of Euless-Trinity, Tex; Matterial Richardson of Marlin, Tex; and D'Nearian Wrighter of Marlin, Tex.

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

Vanderbilt has pledged receiver/defensive back Sean Walker of Louisville-Jefferson County, Ga., who decommitted from East Carolina. Vandy recently gained defensive linemen Gabe Hall of Virginia Beach-Atlantic Shores, Va/Fork Union MA, Va; and David Carter of Waynesboro, Pa/Fork Union MA, Va.

Conf-USA Verbal List

Houston has offensive lineman SirVincent Rogers of Jasper, Tex.

MAC Verbal List

WAC Verbal List

Sun Belt Verbal List

Pac-10 Verbal List

Washington State added receiver Benny Ward of Van Nuys-Birmingham, Cal.

Arizona has linebacker Ronnie Palmer of Spring, Tex., over Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State; The Wildcats recently gained defensive back B.J. Dennard of Phoenix-Brophy Prep, Ariz; and receiver Bobby McCoy of Houston-Klein Forest, Tex., over Texas A&M, Arkansas and Notre Dame.

Defensive back Bryon Payton of West Covina-South Hills, Cal., has decommitted from the UCLA Bruins and is considering Arizona State and Oregon State. The Bruins recently pledged quarterback Patrick Cowan of Bellflower-St. John Bosco, Cal.

Mountain West Verbal List

Utah pledged offensive lineman Robert Conley of LaMarque, Tex. The Utes recently gained defensive back Adarrious Ross of Culver City, Cal., over Colorado State, Boise State and Washington.

BYU added defensive lineman Vince Feula of LaMirada, Cal/Arizona/Cerritos CC, Cal; linebacker Grant Nelson of Aliquippa-Hopewell, Pa; athlete/kick returner B.J. Mathis of Richardson-Berkner, Tex; and receiver Michael Reed of Baytown-Lee, Tex.

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 CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.