|Saturday, January 3
Sooner Schooner rolling with Peterson commit
By Bill Hodge
The nation's top running back, Adrian Peterson of Palestine, Tex., has committed to the Oklahoma Sooners over USC and Miami-Florida. Peterson, who rushed for 2315 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior, also considered Arkansas and UCLA, among many others.
Considered the nation's top defensive back, Ted Ginn of Cleveland-Glenville, Ohio, chose the Ohio State Buckeyes over Michigan and the USC Trojans. Offered by nearly every program in the country, he also considered Miami-Florida and Pittsburgh. Ginn, the national champion in the 110 high hurdles, had eight interceptions as a senior, returning five for touchdowns. He also returned four punts and a kickoff for scores.
Top 150 defensive lineman Jeff Schweiger of San Jose-Valley Christian, Cal., chose the USC Trojans over Oklahoma. Among many others were UCLA, Washington, Colorado, Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska and LSU.
Michigan has commitments from offensive/defensive lineman Alan Branch of Albuquerque-Cibola, NM., over Arizona State; and defensive back/receiver Keston Cheathem of Pomona, Cal., over Oregon State, Colorado, Washington State and Washington.
Top 150 defensive back Simeon Castille of Birmingham-Briarwood Christian, Ala., committed to Alabama over LSU. He is the son of former Alabama defensive back Jeremiah Castille and his brother, Tim, signed with the Tide last year.
Maryland has a commitment from huge defensive lineman Jared Gaither of Greenbelt-Eleanor Roosevelt, Md., over Clemson, Florida and Georgia. He had recently decommitted from South Carolina for basketball.
Indiana added receiver James Bailey of Detroit-Denby, Mich; and running back/linebacker Greg Weeks of Sarasota-Booker, Fla. The Hoosiers recently gained defensive lineman Kenny Love of Pennington-The Pennington School, NJ.
The California Bears have commitments from defensive back Virdell Larkins and running back Marshawn Lynch, both from Oakland-Tech, Cal., over Oregon. The Bears recently gained defensive lineman Justin Johnson from CC of San Francisco, Cal.
*LSU leads the 2004 Top Recruiting Classes. Other top programs making an early charge are Southern California, Texas, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia and Maryland.
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Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.