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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.

Defensive back, D.J. Davis, a Top 150 prospect from Fort Worth-Dunbar, Tex., committed to Texas A&M over Missouri. Among others were Notre Dame and Penn State.

Receiver Otis McDaniel of San Antonio-Taft, Tex., picked TCU over Purdue, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.

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.

Offensive lineman Bradis McGriff of Vallejo, Cal., decided on Arizona State over California.

Linebacker Montavian Collier of Opelika, Ala., who picked the Tigers in Class 2003, has qualifed and will enroll at Auburn.

Louisville has pledged linebacker Lamar Myles of Eagle Lake-Lake Region, Fla. The Cards recently gained offensive lineman Josh Waller of Louisville-Southern, Kty., over Kentucky.

SMU has signed quarterbacks Jerad Romo of Tehachapi, Cal/ Antelope Valley CC, Cal; and Tony Eckert of Lumberton, Tex/Tyler CC, Tex; plus receiver Bobby Chase of Irving, Tex/Blinn CC, Tex.

*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.

*Search the early list of over 3200 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).

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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.

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