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Tar Heels secure highly regarded DB

By Bill Hodge

Defensive back Martel Thatch, a Class 2004 prospect from Greensboro-Dudley, NC., has committed to North Carolina over offers from Miami-Florida, Florida, Virginia, Clemson, South Carolina, Duke, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others.

Syracuse has a Class 2004 commitment from offensive lineman Ryan Durand of Fitchburg-St. Bernard's, Mass., over offers from Boston College and UConn.

Clemson has a Class 2004 commitment from receiver La'Dontae Harris of Gadsden-Litchfield, Ala., over South Carolina and Mississippi State. The Tigers recently gained quarterback Cullen Harper of Alpharetta-Sequoyah, Ga., over offers from South Carolina and Duke.

Stanford has a commitment from Class 2004 offensive lineman Ben Muth of Phoenix-Pinnacle, Ariz., over Oregon and BYU.

Vanderbilt pledged Class 2004 defensive lineman Jeremy Gales of Columbia-Spring Hill, Tenn; and receiver Bryant Anderson of Roswell-Centennial, Ga.

TCU has a commitment from Class 2004 quarterback Jason Phillips of Waller, Tex.

The Indiana Hoosiers have a commitment from Class 2004 offensive lineman Matt Moses of Columbus-North, Ind. The Hoosiers recently gained offensive linemen in Chad Baldwin of Yorktown, Ind., and Sean Edmundson of Center Grove, Ind.

Class 2004 quarterback Brian Brunner of Hartford-Union, Wis., committed to Central Michigan.

Colorado State pledged Class 2004 linebacker Jeff Horinek of Atwood, Kan., who holds state titles in wrestling (215), discus and shot. The Rams recenty gained offensive lineman Dane Stratton of Cheyenne-East, Wyo., over an offer from Wyoming.

Top 150 running back/defensive back Andrew Johnson, a Class 2004 prospect from Pittsburgh-North Hills, Pa., is expected to decide on Tuesday (July 22) between Ohio State and Pittsburgh. Among other offers are Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and UCLA.

Ending a recruiting saga, touted defensive back Chijioke Onyenegecha of San Francisco CC., has won a second NCAA appeal and will be able to transfer to Oklahoma and play this upcoming season. Onyenegecha originally signed with Arizona State, but reversed his decision when the coach that recruited him left the school. The appeal committee originally ruled three months ago that he would not be able to play for the Sooners right away. He still needs to complete summer credits to play this fall, but could also enroll in January. He has two seasons remaining.

Class 2004 Football

Search the early lists of Class 2004 for over 2400 Prospects/Commitments/Top 150 Prospects/Conferences.
Defense: linemen, linebackers and backs.
Offense: linemen, receivers, tight ends, running backs and quarterbacks.

Check out the early lists:
Top 150 Quarterbacks and additional Super Prospect Quarterbacks.
Top 150 Running Backs and additional Super Prospect Running Backs.
Top 150 Receivers and additional Super Prospect Receivers.
Top 150 Tight Ends and additional Super Prospect Tight Ends.
Top 150 Offensive Linemen and additional Super Prospect Offensive Linemen.
Top 150 Defensive Linemen and additional Super Prospect Defensive Linemen.
Top 150 Linebackers and additional Super Prospect Linebackers.
Top 150 Defensive Backs and additional Super Prospect Defensive Backs.

Search Verbals/Conferences: Texas leads with 17.
N.D./Big Ten: ND, Ill, Ind, Iowa, Mich, Mich St, Minn, NW, Ohio St, Penn St, Purdue, Wis.

Big 12: Baylor, Colo, Iowa St, Kan, Kan St, Mo, Neb, Okla, Okla St, Tex, Tex A&M, Tex Tech.

SEC: Ala, Ark, Aub, Fla, Ga, Kty, LSU, Miss, Miss St, SoCarol, Tenn, Van.

ACC: Clemson, Duke, FSU, GT, Md, NC, NC State, Va, WF.

Big East: BC, Miami, Pitt, Rutgers, Syr, Temple, VT, WVa.

Pac-10: Arizona, ASU, Cal, Oregon, Ore State, Stan, USC, UCLA, Wash, Wash State.

"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
"Big Ten States": Illinois , Indiana, Iowa, Pa, Ohio, Mich, Minn, Wis.
"Big 12 States": Okla, Missouri , Iowa, Neb, Kansas, Colo, Texas.
"SEC States": Florida, Tenn, SoCarol, Kty, Georgia, Ala, Ark, Miss, La.
"ACC States": Florida, NoCarol, SoCarol, Georgia, Maryland , Virginia .
"Pac-10 States": California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington.
"Big East States":
Florida, Pa, New Jersey, New York, Mass, Va, WVa.
Football Signing Day: Feb. 4.

Class 2003 Football

Check 2600 signings: Prospects/Top 150 Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools By Conference.

LSU, Florida and Southern California led the Final 2003 Top Classes. Other outstanding classes included Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Football Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004: Database/Top Prospects/Conference.
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.

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