Football Recruiting Roundup
Midseason Report - Top Recruiting Classes
Is it any surprise that the Longhorns are up this far? While Texas head coach Mack Brown still didn't get over the Oklahoma hump this fall, he has still shown his knack for recruiting. So far, the Longhorns have picked up commitments from five recruits in the National Top 100, including East St. John (Reserve, La.) QB Ryan Perrilloux, Hallsville (Texas) LB Roddrick Muckelroy, La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) DL Aaron Lewis, Texarkana Texas (Texas) LB Chris Collins and Memorial (Port Arthur, Texas) RB Jamaal Charles.
2. Ohio State
The Buckeyes have struggled to a 3-3 start this fall, but that still hasn't hurt their recruiting success. Head coach Jim Tressel and Co. have already snagged commitments from four Top 100 recruits, including St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) OL Alex Boone, Glenville (Cleveland) DB Jamario O'Neal, Troy (Ohio) DL Todd Denlinger, Mission Viejo (Calif.) OL Kevin Bemoll. The Buckeyes have also received commitments from touted recruits such as St. Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.) DL Doug Worthington and St. Xavier (Cincinnati) QB Rob Schoenhoft.
Cavaliers head coach Al Groh is putting together a heck of a class. Virginia picked up pledges from Plainfield (N.J.) OL Eugene Monroe, who is the nation's top offensive lineman, and stellar recruits such as St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) FB/LB Rashawn Jackson, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) DB Mike Brown, Gretna (Va.) QB Vic Hall, Salem (N.J.) LB Lamont Robinson and Virginia Beach (Va.) DL Antonio Appleby.
Bill Callahan's attempts to build Nebraska back into an elite power starts on the recruiting trail and he has done a good job in that area so far this year. The Cornhuskers have received commitments from Top 100 recruits such as Ada (Okla.) OL Craig Roark and Pasco (Wash.) Leon Jackson, but the depth of their class so far is even more impressive. Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) QB Harrison Beck is one of the country's top signal callers, while Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley, Calif.) OL Rodney Picou and Jenks (Okla.) LB Phillip Dillard are highly rated recruits as well.
While freshman RB Mike Hart has looked tremendous this fall for the Wolverines, he could receive some competition next fall from East Grand Rapids (Mich.) RB Kevin Grady, who is rated the No. 25 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. Michigan also received commitments from Muskegon (Mich.) DL Terrance Taylor, who is a Top 100 recruit, as well as Colerain (Cincinnati) FB Mister Simpson, Warren Harding (Warren, Ohio) WR Mario Manningham, Webster-Schroeder (N.Y.) OL Justin Schifano and Renaissance (Detroit) WR/DL Carson Butler.
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Here a five recruits who are likely to earn a spot in the National Top 100 before all is said and done.
Jerrell Powe Wayne County (Waynesboro, Miss.) Defensive lineman, 6-3, 322
Powe combines size and strength with good speed to make him a dominant force in the middle. He had 71 tackles and 14 sacks last year and has 38 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks through eight games this fall. Auburn, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Ole Miss are among the schools he's considering.
Jake Christensen Lockport (Ill.) Quarterback, 6-0, 190
Christensen drew Top 100 consideration earlier this year, but his performance this fall has likely sealed his place among the nation's top recruits. All the Iowa commit has done this season is throw for 2,339 yards and 36 touchdowns through eight games.
Harrison Beck Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) Quarterback, 6-2, 210
This strong-armed signal caller threw for over 2,300 yards last fall and tossed 21 touchdown passes. He's also very athletic judging by his 30-inch vertical leap and his time of 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Beck has committed to Nebraska.
Jason Gwaltney North Babylon (N.Y.) Running back, 6-1, 220
Gwaltney recently became Long Island's all-time leading rusher when he rushed for 371 yards and seven touchdowns in a 62-7 win over Newfield on Oct. 16. With 6,140 career rushing yards, he surpassed former Roosevelt and Freeport running back Jerone Pettus' mark of 5,841 yards. He has committed to West Virginia.
Demetrice Morley Miami Killian (Miami) Defensive back, 6-0, 180
Morley recently decommitted from Florida, but the Gators are still among his top schools along with Michigan, Ohio State, North Carolina and Tennessee. Morley presents a definite problem for opposing offenses because he's a big corner with a speed (4.55 in the 40) and tremendous instincts. He had nine interceptions as a junior.