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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Hawkeyes flying high with top commitments

By Bill Hodge

One of the nation's top quarterback prospects, Jake Christensen of Lockport, Ill., has committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes over Arkansas and Michigan State, among many others. He passed for 3681 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior.

The Hawkeyes also added a commitment from offensive lineman Kyle Calloway of Belleville-East, Ill., over an offer from Kansas, plus interest from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Illinois and Missouri, among others. Iowa recently gained receivers Trey Stross of Avon Lake, Ohio, over West Virginia, Boston College, Ohio State, Maryland, Syracuse, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and Kentucky, among others; and Marcus Wilson of Cherry Hill-Camden Catholic, NJ., over Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia, Boston College, Syracuse, Maryland, North Carolina and Rutgers, among others.

Virginia has its 16th commitment, as Class 2005 defensive lineman Antonio Appleby of Virginia Beach-Salem, Va., picked the Cavs over West Virginia, Syracuse, Duke, Maryland, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Virginia recently gained receiver Kevin Ogletree of St. Albans-Holy Cross, NY., over Syracuse, Wisconsin and Boston College; and touted Top 100 offensive lineman Eugene Monroe of Plainfield, NJ., over Florida State, Miami-Florida, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Southern California, Michigan, LSU, Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College, Michigan State and Nebraska, among many others.

UCLA has a commitment from tight end Adam Heater of Snohomish, Wash., over Oregon. The Bruins recently gained defensive back Robert Kibble of Houston-Westfield, Tex., over Miami-Florida, Houston, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, SMU, Northwestern and Iowa State.

Arkansas has pledged offensive lineman Joey Crossland of Russellville, Ark; and defensive lineman Cord Gray of Wynne, Ark.

Offensive lineman Nick Stringer Topeka-Hayden, Kan., is headed to Kansas State over Oklahoma State.

Houston pledged offensive lineman Jerrod Butler of Allen, Tex., over Colorado State. The Cougars recently gained defensive/offensive lineman Quinten Smith and defensive back Quinte Williams, both from Houston-Yates, Tex.

Texas Tech pledged offensive lineman Andrew Johnson of Adline-Eisenhower, Tex; athlete Kobey Lewis of Abilene, Tex; and defensive back/linebacker Jordan Thomas of Keller, Tex.

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Ohio State added Class 2004 kicker/punter Jonathan Skeete of Gahanna-Lincoln, Ohio, for this fall.

Big 12 List
Texas has pledged linebacker Brandon Duncan of Garland-Lakeview Centennial, Tex., over Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, among others.

Baylor pledged tight end Jason Lamb of Richardson-Berkner, Tex., over Mississippi State, North Carolina, Tulsa and Wyoming. The Bears recently gained receiver/defensive back Carl Sims of Waco, Tex., and tight end Justin Akers of Deer Park, Tex.

Texas A&M has its 10th commitment in defensive lineman Paul Freeney of Aldine-Eisenhower, Tex., over Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Baylor and Utah.

Missouri has a commitment from defensive lineman Tarell Corby of Kansas City-North, Mo., over Kansas and Iowa.

Class 2005 defensive lineman Roy Miller of Killeen-Shoemaker, Tex., is headed to the Oklahoma Sooners. He also considered Arkansas, Baylor, BYU, Houston, Texas, Texas Tech and SMU, among many others.

Oklahoma State has pledged linebacker Brady Barree and running back Kevin White, both from DeSoto, Tex. The Cowboys recently gained offensive lineman Jeremy Broadway of Houston-Washington, Tex., over Arizona and Syracuse; defensive lineman Willie Williams of Dearing, Ga/Hutchinson CC, Kan; defensive lineman Josh Pinaire of Derby, Kan/Hutchinson CC, Kan; and receiver Tevin Williams of Stillwater, Okla/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Okla.

Big East List
Rutgers has a commitment from defensive back/linebacker Damaso Munoz of Miami-Southridge, Fla.

ACC List
Clemson has a commitment from Top 150 receiver Rendrick Taylor of Bennettsville-Marlboro County, SC., over Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida State, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Stanford, Georgia Tech and Duke, among others. Defensive back/receiver Ramon McElrathbey of Atlanta-Mays, Ga., chose the Tigers, but quickly decommitted. The Tigers recently gained receiver/defensive back Tyler Grisham of Birmingham-Spain Park, Ala.

North Carolina has commitments from offensive lineman Andre Barbour of Atlanta-North Springs, Ga; defensive back Bryan Dixon of Tabor City-South Columbus, NC; and running back/linebacker Kennedy Tinsley of Greensboro-Dudley, NC. The Heels recently added Class 2004 running back Vince Wilson of Daytona Beach-Mainland, Fla., for this upcoming season.

Class 2005 quarterback Joe Cox of Charlotte-Independence, NC., has decommitted from Duke for the Georgia Bulldogs. He passed for 3983 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior.

SEC List
Vanderbilt has a commitment from quarterback Mackenzi Adams of Tulsa-Union, Okla.

Class 2005 quarterback Joe Cox of Charlotte-Independence, NC., has decommitted from Duke for the Georgia Bulldogs. He passed for 3983 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior.

Conf-USA List
TCU pledged running back Chris Smith of Navasota, Tex., over Baylor.

MAC List

WAC List
Fresno State has a commitment from linebacker Isaac Kinter of El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge, Cal.

Quarterback Kyle Seevers of Panaca-Lincoln County, Nev., has committed to Boise State over offers from BYU, Nebraska, Nevada and Utah State.

Sun Belt List

Pac-10 List
Rumored for weeks to have secretly committed to the Bears, quarterback Kyle Reed of Oakland-McClymonds, Cal., has formerly announced for California.

Arizona has a commitment from quarterback William Tuitama of Stockton-St. Mary's, Cal., over Nebraska and Washington. His uncle is USC and Miami Dolphin linebacker Junior Seau.

Class 2004 defensive lineman Rashaad Goodrum of Fayetteville-Pine Forest, NC/Los Angeles Valley CC, Cal., who had earlier chosen Washington, is headed to the USC Trojans.

Mountain West List
Class 2004 running back Gartrell Shavers of Miami-Springs, Fla., is headed to Colorado State for this fall.

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Class 2004 Football Database: Signings/Top Classes
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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.