12/15 Recruiting Update

Rutgers landed a big in-state target over the weekend with Egg Harbor athlete Tejay Johnson. He would have probably ended up at Cincinnati if Brian Kelly hadn't have moved on. Johnson is the fastest player in the state this year, and a very important get. If you're wondering about whether one or two WR commits will end up switching to defense at some point, it's possible, but that problem will work itself out down the line.

I don't think that commit will have any impact on Brandon Coleman. His game is much different than the other, speedier WR verbals, and Coleman could even end up at TE. We'll get word after he comes back from Syracuse in January. You'd think that RU won't take any more receiver commits from Florida unless they're willing to play defense.

Oops, I missed this one on Chas Dodd last week.

"He understands blitz concepts, reading defenses and our pass protection as well as any quarterback I've had, and I think that's gonna help him as he goes on to the next level," Bentley said. "When I was (coaching) in college, I was always having to coach him after the game. We'd watch video, or I'd see pictures and I'd talk to him about his footwork or something like that."

Dodd was recently snubbed for South Carolina's Shrine Bowl team.

The Princeton Packet named J.T. Tartacoff its player of the year.

Even though FL RB Casey Turner was reported to have committed on last week's visit to Rutgers, his dad still plans to have him visit Arkansas in January. Turner and his coach were at Rutgers for the West Virginia weekend.

Meanwhile, on the Mustafa Greene front:

"It was a great experience for my first visit," said Green. "They are like a family. The players and coaches...they act like one big family." Green did not commit and says he will wait until signing day to announce his decision. Next up for Green will be NC State. "They visited me last Thursday," he said. "They want me to come up on an official but I haven't scheduled it yet." He also plans to take officials to Georgia, Alabama, and Auburn.

The third choice at RB is probably Devon Wright, who was planning to visit over the weekend, but favors Minnesota. DT Ken Kirksey is down to three schools that aren't RU. It's hard to get a read on Jeremy Deering, but it looks like he will visit after all. Especially considering what the St. Pete bowl did to last weekend, That Jan. 22 date is starting to loom big.

The Record named 2011's Tanner McEvoy to their All-Bergen team. '10 commits Jorge Vicioso and Chris Fonti made their All-Passaic team. And hmmm, what's this about T.J. Clemmings?

He is visiting Pittsburgh this weekend. He visited Rutgers last weekend and has a visit to Ohio State tentatively scheduled for early January.

Speaking of '11, ESPN Rise recently had an article about Andrew Campolattano, even though it focused on him as a wrestler.

While recruiting Florida is important, I don't think that the St. Pete matchup will have much of a direct impact. Either those kids want to stay closer to home, or they want to play in a BCS conference. The info on Foose settling on his final two over other offers is not exactly accurate.

Damn Wannstache; OL Shane Johnson committed to Pitt. CB Cody Riggs committed to Florida, and his teammate LaMarcus Joyner is going to FSU. I'm not sure whether or not the staff was pursuing RB Jakhari Gore, but he committed to Miami. Nor do I know what was up with Hershel Thornton besides him being in the Rivals DB, but he committed to Minnesota.

Watchlist: Jamal Abdur-Rahman, Vince DePaola, Danny Foose, Tony Jones (2), Ish Mack, and Forrest Mason.

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