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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have their first two Class 2005 commitments in defensive backs Brandon Harrison of Dayton/Chaminade-Julienne, Ohio; and David Bruton of Miamisburg, Ohio.
Nebraska has a commitment from Class 2005 Top 150 offensive lineman Craig Roark of Ada, Okla., over Arizona, Kansas State, LSU, Missouri and Ohio State, among many others.
The Oklahoma Sooners gained a pledge from offensive lineman Brandon Keith of McAlester, Okla/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Okla., who originally picked the Sooners in Class 2003. Oklahoma recently added a commitment from receiver Manuel Johnson of Gilmer, Tex., who had 79 receptions as a junior. Among those that offered scholarships were Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Houston.
Ohio State has a commitment from receiver Brian Hartline of Canton-GlenOak, Ohio, over Iowa, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and Stanford, among others.
Michigan has added two Class 2005 commitments in running back Mister Simpson of Cincinnati-Colerain, Ohio; and punter/kicker Zoltan Mesko of Twinsburg, Ohio.
Purdue has pledges from linebacker/defensive back Jason Werner of Indianapolis-Roncalli, Ind; defensive lineman Michael Neal of Merrillville, Ind; and defensive/offensive back Dray Mason of Indianapolis-Bishop Chatard, Ind.
Illinois has a commitment from defensive back Andre Powell of Pahokee, Fla., over Rutgers, Georgia and Central Florida.
Pittsburgh has Class 2005 commitments from defensive back Domenic Jones of Columbus-Brookhaven, Ohio, over Michigan State, Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa, among others; and defensive back/running back Bryan Williams of Akron-Buchtel, Ohio, over Illinois, North Carolina and Akron.
Boston College pledged Class 2005 tight end/defensive lineman Jim Ramella of Cleveland-St. Ignatius, Ohio.
West Virginia pledged receiver Darren Brownlee of Germantown-Northwest, Md.
Connecticut has Class 2005 commitments from offensive lineman Mike Hicks of Seymour, Conn; and defensive lineman Andrew Presnell of Middletown, Md.
North Carolina has a commitment from tight end/running back/defensive lineman Nick Starcevic of Charlotte-Catholic, NC.
Virginia has its 18th Class 2005 commitment in defensive back/running back Mike Brown of Jersey City-St. Peter's Prep, NJ., over Tennessee, Rutgers, Notre Dame and Penn State, among many offers.
Virginia Tech has a Class 2005 commitment from offensive lineman Antonio North of Stafford-North Stafford, Va., over North Carolina State, Virginia and West Virginia.
Fresno State pledged quarterback Ryan Colburn of Visalia-Central Valley Christian, Cal.
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The Wisconsin Badgers have their third Class 2005 commitment in defensive lineman Dan Cascone of Newtown, Conn.
Iowa has added Class 2004 defensive lineman Ettore Ewen of Tampa-Wharton, Fla., for this upcoming season.
The Indiana Hoosiers have their first Class 2005 pledge in kicker Joe Kleinsmith of Lakewood-St. Edward, Ohio.
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Colorado has a Class 2005 commitment from defensive/offensive lineman Jeremy Hauck of Niwot, Colo.
Baylor pledged linebacker Shon Brown of Waco, Tex; and offensive lineman Kellen Taylor of Richmond-Foster, Tex/Kilgore CC, Tex. The Bears recently gained running back/defensive back Quieto Teasley of Katy-Cinco Ranch, Tex., over Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Pittsburgh, Kansas and Wisconsin, among others.
Kansas has a commitment from offensive lineman Adam Welty of Newton, Kan. The Jayhawks recently gained defensive back/receiver Darrell Stuckey of Kansas City-Washington, Kan.
Kansas State picked up commitments from defensive back Kevin Hollis of Gilmer, Okla., over offers from Nebraska, Mississippi State and Duke; and offensive lineman Nick Stringer of Topeka-Hayden, Kan., over Oklahoma State. Stringer was considering Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
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Maryland has 13 commitments after pledging running back Asaph Schwapp of Hartford-Weaver, Conn; and defensive back Chris Rogers of Lakeland-Evangel Christian, Fla. The Terps recently gained defensive linemen Jeremy Navarre of Joppa-Joppatowne, Md., over Penn State; and Barrod Heggs of Garden City, Ga.
Highly-rated quarterback Jonathan Crompton of Waynesville-Tuscola, NC., has chosen Tennessee over 60 offers, including Georgia and Miami-Florida. Among many others were Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Southern California, Virginia, Michigan and Nebraska. The Vols recently gained defensive back/running back Marsalous Johnson of Smyrna, Tenn., over Mississippi, Mississippi State and Wake Forest.
Class 2005 Top 150 receiver Mohamed Massaquoi of Charlotte-Independence, NC., has committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over Tennessee, Virginia, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan and North Carolina State, among others. Massaquoi, who caught 87 passes as a junior, joins prep teammate quarterback Joe Cox, who recently decommitted from Duke for the Bulldogs. Cox passed for 3983 yards and 43 touchdowns last season.
Class 2004 defensive back/athlete Michael Grant of Stone Mountain-Stephenson, Ga., had his application refused after signing with Georgia and will join Arkansas for this upcoming season.
Defensive lineman Chase Pittman of Shreveport-Evangel Christian, La., has transferred from Texas to LSU. He played in 10 games for the Longhorns last season as a redshirt-freshman. His older brother, Cole, who had also signed with Texas, was killed in an automobile accident on a return trip to Austin in 2001.
Mississippi State has a commitment from receiver Adron Chambers of Pensacola, Fla. The Bulldogs recently gained defensive back Keith Fitzhugh of Lovejoy, Ga., over Southern California, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Maryland and Vanderbilt.
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Class 2005 receiver/athlete Brandon Gibson of Puyallup-Rogers, Wash., picked Washington State.
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Utah has a Class 2005 commitment from offensive/defensive lineman Tony Bergstrom of Salt Lake City-Skyline, Utah, who will first go on mission. The Utes also gained redshirt-freshman quarterback Mike Affleck of Provo-Timpview, Utah, who is transferring from Arizona State.
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