Football Recruiting Roundup
DL Phillip Mbakogu is headed to Cal
DL Phillip Mbakogu is headed to Cal
SchoolSports Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2004


In this week’s Football Recruiting Roundup, get the scoop on which top quarterback committed to Florida State and where the nation’s top receiver is headed. Signing Day is next Wednesday (Feb. 4), so check back with SchoolSports.com next week for a roundup of all the recruiting action.

Signing Day is less than a week away (Wednesday, Feb. 4), and the recruiting action is really starting to heat up.

Florida State has been known to make big splashes late in the recruiting period, picking up St. Bonaventure High (Calif.) RB Lorenzo Booker in 2002 and North Florida Christian High (Fla.) LB/RB Ernie Sims in 2003.

The Seminoles are at it again this year, landing a commitment from Seabreeze High (Fla.) QB Xavier Lee, rated the nation’s No. 8 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com. Lee picked the Seminoles over Auburn and Texas earlier this week.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound signal caller passed for 3,183 yards and 37 touchdowns this past season while setting state records for career passing yardage (9,083), touchdown passes (98) and completions (549).


More Recruiting News:

The top-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2004, Xavier Carter of Palm Bay High (Fla.), made LSU fans very happy when he picked the Tigers over Florida on Sunday. Carter is rated the No. 9 overall recruit in the country and is arguably the top sprinter in the nation as well. He plans to participate in both football and track in college. Carter was named to the All-USA team by USA Today after catching 33 passes for 618 yards and nine touchdowns this past fall. …

USC also picked up one of the top wideouts in the country when it received a commitment from Rogers High (Ohio) WR Fred Davis over Ohio State, Florida and Miami. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Rogers, rated the No. 17 overall recruit in the country, amassed 420 receiving yards, 580 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns his senior season while making 70 tackles and three interceptions on defense. He’ll play wide receiver at USC. …

Arizona State picked up a huge in-state commitment from Desert Vista High (Ariz.) TE Zach Miller last week over the likes of Miami and Oklahoma. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Miller, who’s rated the No. 26 overall recruit in the country, was named The Arizona Republic Big School Player of the Year after catching 46 passes for 790 yards and nine touchdowns while registering 97 1/2 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks on defense. …

Cal received some great news when it got commitments from Hayward High (Calif.) DL Phillip Mbakogu and San Leandro High (Calif.) LB Sekeli Faaeteete. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Mbakogu is rated the No. 44 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com. He had 17 sacks his senior season, giving him 34 the last two years. Faaeteete, the No. 60 overall recruit in the Class of 2004, had his scholarship offer pulled by USC last Saturday. …

Gonzaga High (D.C.) WR/DB Doug Dutch committed to Michigan over Florida, Maryland, Miami, Virginia, Stanford and Notre Dame. Rated the No. 67 overall recruit in the Class of 2004, Dutch had 45 tackles, six interceptions, one interception return for a touchdown and 11 passes broken up on defense this past season. On the offensive side of the ball, the 6-foot, 190-pounder caught 22 passes for 320 yards and seven touchdowns. …

Oklahoma has received a commitment from Waco High (Texas) DB Marcus Walker, who’s rated the No. 43 overall recruit in the country. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder is so dominant that teams only completed one pass for 20 yards on him this past fall. …

Corona Centennial High (Calif.) RB Terrell Jackson and De La Salle High (Calif.) DB Willie Glasper Jr. both pledged to Oregon. Jackson, who’s rated the No. 76 overall recruit in the Class of 2004, rushed for 2,664 yards and 43 touchdowns this past season. Glasper, the No. 71 recruit in the country, helped lead De La Salle to its 12th straight North Coast Section title and a No. 1 final ranking in the SchoolSports.com National Football Top 25. …

A pair of Top 100 recruits recently switched their commitments. Hutchinson High (Minn.) OL Lydon Murtha, rated the No. 39 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com, switched his commitment from Minnesota to Nebraska. Meanwhile, the No. 64 recruit in the country, Stephenson High (Ga.) LB Josh Johnson, switched his commitment to Georgia after originally making a soft commitment to Miami. …

Spring Valley High (S.C.) OL Leon Hart, who’s rated the No. 51 overall recruit in the country, pledged to Auburn over South Carolina. …

McDowell High (Pa.) OL Kyle Mitchum committed to Ohio State over Iowa and West Virginia. Mitchum was named to the All-USA team by USA Today after not allowing a sack in 172 pass attempts during his senior season. He’s rated the No. 62 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com.



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