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Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Updated: January 29, 9:48 AM ET
Golden Bears strike with recruiting trifecta

By Bill Hodge

The California Bears have commitments from Top 150 defensive lineman Phillip Mbakogu and receiver/defensive back Robert Jordan, both from Hayward, Cal; plus Top 150 linebacker Worrell Williams of Sacramento-Grant, Cal. Mbakogu also considered Kansas State, LSU, Notre Dame and Oregon, among many others. Williams picked the Bears over Miami-Florida.

Top 150 defensive lineman Nader Abdallah of Metairie-Rummel, La., has pledged to the Ohio State Buckeyes over Tennessee, Colorado, Florida State and Michigan State, among many others. The Bucks recently gained Top 150 offensive lineman Kyle Mitchum of Erie-McDowell, Pa., over Iowa and West Virginia. He also considered Michigan, Boston College, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin, among many others.

Super Prospect defensive lineman Ryan Baker of Indianapolis-Bishop Chatard, Ind., has chosen the Notre Dame Fighting Irish over Purdue. The Irish recently gained defensive back Leo Ferrine of Jersey City-St. Peter's Prep, NJ; quarterback Darrin Bragg of San Jose-Bellarmine, Cal; defensive lineman Justin Brown of Forestville-Bishop McNamara, Md; and defensive back/receiver Junior Jabbie of Princeton-The Hun School, NJ.

Super Prospect defensive back Lamar Herron of Sacramento-Natomas, Cal., decommitted from the USC Trojans for Oregon State.

Defensive lineman Mike Mangold, a Super Prospect from Merritt Island, Fla., has decommitted from Virginia Tech to Florida.

Tennessee pledged Super Prospect running back Arian Foster of San Diego-Mission Bay, Cal., over Oregon, Oregon State, North Carolina and West Virginia. The Vols recently gained offensive linemen Anthony Parker of Lovejoy, Ga; and Cameron Mayo of Dalton, Ga., who decommitted from Auburn.

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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

UConn pledged receiver Ellis Gaulden of Tallahassee-Godby, Fla., over Iowa State and Louisville.

Running back Kenny Cattouse of Keyport, NJ., has chosen Troy State.

Big Ten Verbal List

Offensive lineman Rashad Dunn of Evans-Greenbrier, Ga., picked Iowa. The Hawks recently gained running back Damian Sims of Boca Raton-Leonard, Fla., who decommitted from Virginia Tech.

Michigan State has a commitment from offensive lineman Jesse Miller of Somerville, NJ., over Iowa, Temple and Central Florida.

Indiana pledged linebacker Brian Tracz of Philadelphia-St. Joseph Prep, Pa; and defensive back Marcus Thigpen of Detroit-Mumford, Mich.

Big 12 Verbal List

Texas A&M has a pledge from receiver Keith Dickerson of LaMarque, Tex., over Arizona.

The Iowa State Cyclones pledged defensive back Mack Kimble of New Madrid-Central, Mo. The Cyclones recently gained defensive lineman Collins Eboh of Des Moines-Roosevelt, Ia.

Big East Verbal List

West Virginia pledged receiver Darius Reynaud of Boutte-Hahnville, La., over LSU, Indiana and Michigan State. The Mountaineers recently gained running back Tyler Benoit of Lafayette-Comeaux, La., over Michigan State and Oklahoma State; and running back/linebacker William McLee of Uniontown, Pa.

ACC Verbal List

Duke has receiver Ryan Wood of Buford, Ga. The Blue Devils recently gained linebacker/defensive lineman Alfred Williams of Atlanta-Westlake, Ala.

Clemson pledged tight end Durrell Barry of Charleston-Fort Dorchester, SC. The Tigers recently gained receiver Aaron Kelly of Marietta-Walton, Ga., over Wake Forest and Duke.

Wake Forest pledged defensive back Kevin Patterson of Kingsland-Camden County, Ga. The Demon Deacons recently gained linebacker Antonio Wilson Jr and defensive back Demir Bolden, both from Pahokee, Fla.

SEC Verbal List

Alabama pledged receiver D.J. Hall of Fort Walton Beach-Choctawhatchee, Fla.

Linebacker Gabe Wallace of Fort Campbell, Kty., has decommitted from Louisville for Kentucky.

Mississippi pledged defensive lineman Corey Mills of Memphis-Christian Brothers, Tenn., over Michigan and Memphis; offensive lineman Tim Henderson of Shreveport-Evangel, La., over Texas Tech, Oregon and Oklahoma State; and receiver/defensive back Larry Kendrick of Haines City, Fla/Florida/Pearl River CC, Miss., over Alabama and South Carolina. Kendrick spent two seasons with the Gators.

Arkansas has pledged running back Joe Casey of Paducah-Tilghman, Kty., who decommitted from Kentucky and is expected to attend junior college; plus defensive lineman Ernest Mitchell of Newnan, Ga., over Florida State and Clemson. The Razorbacks recently gained defensive backs Desmond Williams of Euless-Trinity, Tex; Matterial Richardson of Marlin, Tex; and D'Nearian Wrighter of Marlin, Tex.

Vanderbilt has pledged defensive lineman Lamar Divens of Fayetteville-Lincoln County, Tenn., who decommitted from Mississippi. Vandy recently gained receiver/defensive back Sean Walker of Louisville-Jefferson County, Ga., who decommitted from East Carolina.

Conf-USA Verbal List

UAB has defensive lineman Richard Carter of Lovejoy, Ga.

Houston has defensive lineman D.J. Johnson of Garden City CC, Kan. The Cougars recently gained offensive lineman SirVincent Rogers of Jasper, Tex.

MAC Verbal List

Central Florida added offensive lineman Frank Reina of Miami-Palmetto, Fla.

WAC Verbal List

Hawaii has defensive lineman Austin Jackson of Gardena-Serra, Cal/USC/Mt. San Antonio CC, Cal., who also considered Iowa State.

Tulsa has defensive lineman Roderick Thomas of Oklahoma City-Northeast, Okla.

Sun Belt Verbal List

Pac-10 Verbal List

Arizona State has a commitment from defensive lineman Quency Darley of Manning, SC/Kilgore CC, Tex., over Iowa.

Washington State added defensive lineman Matt Eichelberger of Bellingham-Sehome, Wash., over Washington and Oregon; and linebacker Tyson Kirksey of Lufkin, Tex. The Cougars recently gained receiver Benny Ward of Van Nuys-Birmingham, Cal.

Mountain West Verbal List

San Diego State has defensive back T.J. McKay of Palmdale, Cal.

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.