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Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Gators, Vols grab quarterbacks

By Bill Hodge

Miami-Florida has Top 150 linebacker Willie Williams of Miami-Carol City, Fla., over Florida and Florida State; Top 150 linebacker James Bryant of Reading, Pa., over Pittsburgh, Florida and Ohio State; and Top 150 running back Andrew Johnson of Pittsburgh-North Hills, Pa., who decommitted from Pittsburgh.

The USC Trojans gained Top 150 defensive lineman/linebacker Eugene Germany of Pomona, Cal., over Michigan; and Top 150 receiver Dwayne Jarrett of New Brunswick, NJ., over Ohio State and Virginia. Among others were Iowa and Pittsburgh.

Tennessee has collected Top 150 quarterback Brent Schaeffer of Deerfield Beach, Fla., offensive/defensive lineman Ell Ash of Willingboro, NJ; and Robert Ayers, a Top 150 linebacker from Bennettsville-Marlboro County, SC.

The Florida State Seminoles have Top 150 defensive back J.R. Bryant of Miami-Killian, Fla., over Miami-Florida and Florida; defensive back Joe Manning of Tallahassee-Lincoln, Fla; and Super Prospect defensive lineman Emmanual Dunbar of Deerfield Beach, Fla., over Oklahoma. The Seminoles recently gained Top 150 linebackers Rodney Gallon of Tallahassee-Lincoln, Fla; Jae Thaxton of Hartwell-Hart County, Ga; and Lawrence Timmons of Florence-Wilson, SC.

The Florida Gators collected Top 150 quarterback Cornelius Ingram of Hawthorne, Fla., over Florida State; Super Prospect defensive lineman Michael Brown of Atlanta-Westlake, Ga., who decommitted from Georgia; Super Prospect receiver Derrick McPhearson of Hyattsville-DeMatha Catholic, Md., over Maryland, Penn State and Virginia Tech; tight end Dane Guthrie of Miami-Killan, Fla., who decommited from Miami-Florida; and linebacker Javier Estopian of Miami-South, Fla. The Gators recently gained Top 150 defensive lineman Derrick Harvey of Greenbelt-Eleanor Roosevelt, Md., over Maryland, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Auburn pledged Top 150 defensive back/linebacker Tony Bell of Alabaster-Thompson, Ala., defensive lineman Pat Sims of Fort Lauderdale-Dillard, Fla; and tight end Darrell Strong of Plantation, Fla., who decommitted from Pittsburgh.

South Carolina has Top 150 defensive lineman Marque Hall of Marshfield-Forest Hills, NC., over North Carolina State, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia Tech; and touted receiver Sidney Rice of Gaffney, SC.

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*Race For The Finish: Check remaining Top 150 Prospects and Super Prospects. Check out all the Top 150 Prospects and Super Prospects. Where are the top Class 2004 quarterbacks headed? List.

*Updated 2/2/04: USC, LSU, Michigan, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Georgia, Miami-Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Alabama lead the Early 2004 Top Classes.

*Search the early list of over 4000 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 Class 2004 Junior College Prospects. Search the NJCAA Football All-Americans (Does not include California).

Independents Verbal List

Big Ten Verbal List

Michigan State has receiver Carl Grimes of Detroit-DePorres, Mich., who had committed to Florida State.

Purdue has touted receiver Dorien Bryant of Fork Union MA, Va., over North Carolina State, Boston College and Pittsburgh; and running back Anthony Heygood of Chester-Cardinal O'Hara, Pa., over West Virginia, among others.

Big 12 Verbal List

Oklahoma signed defensive lineman Remi Ayodele of Grand Prairie-South Grand Prairie, Tex/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Okla., who decommitted from Colorado.

Texas A&M has athlete Pierre Brown of Duncanville, Tex., who decommitted from Oklahoma; and Super Prospect running back Samson Taylor of The Woodlands, Tex., over Notre Dame.

Colorado has a pledge from offensive lineman Daniel Sanders of Oceanside-El Camino, Cal.

Big East Verbal List

Virginia Tech added receiver Eddie Royal of Chantilly-Westfield, Va. The Hokies recently gained linebacker/defensive lineman Maurice Reevey of Fork Union MA, Va., over Clemson, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

ACC Verbal List

North Carolina State added defensive lineman Willie Young of Palm Beach-Gardens, Fla., over Florida and Ohio State. The Wolfpack recently gained tight end Anthony Hill of Hargrave MA, Va., over Mississippi State, Clemson and North Carolina; defensive back Jeremy Gray of Opelika, Ala., over Auburn and Mississippi State.

SEC Verbal List

Tight end Jeremy Jones of Harvey-West Jefferson, La., chose LSU.

Conf-USA Verbal List

Receiver John Payton of Dade City-Pasco, Fla., who recently decommitted from Pittsburgh, chose South Florida.

MAC Verbal List

WAC Verbal List

Sun Belt Verbal List

Pac-10 Verbal List

UCLA has defensive lineman Brigham Harwell of Hacienda Heights-Los Altos, Cal., who had been considering Arizona State; and gained receiver Brandon Breazell of Fresno-Edison, Cal.

Mountain West Verbal List

Class 2004 Football Database
* Seach the early list of over 4000 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.