Rutgers football recruiting update for the week of 5/11

Uncommited players

Syracuse fans seem worried that Rochester LB Quentin Gause will choose Rutgers.

If Rutgers takes another linebacker this early, that's presumably not a great sign for Quinton Alston's chances of getting an offer. Quinton and his family had been very high on Rutgers early, and he has an impressive offer list. His mother has started a blog on the recruiting process (h/t: Michigan Sports Zone) oriented towards parents of other high school prospects, and it's a very impressive read.

Here's a Charles Davis article from last week that Yahoo finally posted.

"I’m just going to give a couple of coaches a chance to say what they need to say. I’m still in contact with Pitt pretty heavily and I think Miami called my new coach. I’m going to take a few more weeks … a couple more weeks just so I know more about everything."

Some readers just want players to commit and be done with it. Technically, more hype isn't going to make these guys any better once they get on campus. My preference though actually is for the rumored commit Davis and a few of the other future Scarlet Knights to go through the process a little longer. That way, they not only will be more certain of their decision, but racking up a few extra offers to make the class get better media coverage wouldn't hurt either. Ideally, they should start commiting in tandem in early summer to build momentum. The one exception though is QB, where I definitely want a commit sooner rather than later, given their central role in recruiting the rest of a class.

I love reading this stuff in seemingly every Savon Huggins article.

Recently the only school Huggins has visited is Rutgers. He was at the Scarlet Knights’ spring game. Huggins is very familiar with Rutgers, as he has been around the school numerous times since he was younger.

Hazlet Raritan OL Shane Mertz continues to add offers. Here's him several days ago.

"I’m going to probably visit Rutgers again in June and look at them more extensively," he said. "I definitely want to get back down to Duke sometime in early June because they have a lot to offer, and I’m probably going to Maryland sometime in June.

"Right now I’m at the point where I don’t really have a set favorite. I haven’t been able to visit all the schools that have offered me."

Dad's a Rutgers alum, making the Knights a childhood favorite.

Next on tap for Roxbury OL Angelo Mangiro is a trip out west. Out of state schools are going after Mangiro and Huggins.

As far as whether he has any favorites, Mangiro said he wanted to "keep that between (he) and his family," because he doesn’t want to upset any coaches that might be recruiting him.

His plan is to narrow his list down to three at some point this fall or later and take official visits to each of those schools.

Red Bank Catholic TE Jack Tabb will be getting around too.

As of now Tabb plans on visiting Pitt this summer. He said he might go visit West Virginia while he’s in that general area.

He is still planning on taking a trip to Florida, and he plans on visiting several other schools such as North Carolina, Duke, Central Florida, South Florida and maybe even Miami, if the ‘Canes show interest.

The NY Post checks in on Brooklyn DE Ishaq Williams.

The 17-year-old from Clinton Hill speaks to several assistant coaches per day. Thursday afternoon, he had a Skype video conference with Alabama coach Nick Saban. He has taken unofficial visits with his father, Shaun, to Syracuse, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Miami and Maryland, meeting each school’s head coach.

The coach from Lincoln's rival Fort Hamilton (home of Bam Reddish and Keith Stroud) is retiring.

DL Connor Wujciak is a man of mystery.

"I kind of have (narrowed his list) some," Wujciak confirmed. "But I think I’m going to keep that close to the vest."

ATH Damiere Byrd?

“Rutgers is my home school I’ve pretty familiar with them. I’ve been there a couple of times; last year I saw them play South Florida. I like Rutgers coaches, wide receiver coach (P J Fleck) and I get along well.”

This brief QB Gary Nova writeup seems reasonable enough.

Bergen Catholic's Tanner McEvoy is still possibly hoping to play QB.

"I'm going to see how this year goes," McEvoy said. "If I really like quarterback and it keeps growing on me, quarterback's it. But I'll play wherever they like."

Notre Dame has offered PA RB Jameel Poteat, meaning that he has offers from basically everyone except Penn State. PA LB Ben Kline is visiting Rutgers in mid-May. PA OL Anthony Zeller is a recent visitor to campus.

DE OL Trip Thurman is talking Florida, as is CT OL Tommy Jordan. Can someone give Steve Addazio a HC job already so the Gators stop mining the Northeast?

Florida ATH Tre Mason seems to be one of the few prospects from down there with legitimate interest in Rutgers at this time.

"I’m going to try to make it to Rutgers since I have such a good relationship with them and we have a team camp at UCF and I’ll try to take an unofficial visit there too."

Looking at his offer list, Mason has options from around the country. Currently he lists Rutgers, Cincinnati, UCF and Florida as the schools that he has the best relationships with

Speaking of Florida, I don't know whether LB Denzel Perryman has an offer or not, and I definitely didn't know this.

The 5-foot-11, 217-pounder also has close ties to Rutgers. His brother, Quintero Frierson, played there a few years back. He also keeps in constant contact with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

Usually though, I don't think RU has much of a shot with any Florida prospects offered this early. New Florida offers are DB Alex Dixon, CB Dallas Crawford, and QB Jerrard Randall. Crawford's teammate WR Sammy Watkins is thinking Florida, Miami, and Michigan. WR Rashad Greene has FSU on top of his top 5. WR Andre Davis added a UNC offer. DE Anthony Rabasa added South Carolina.

My least favorite pet peeve of the 2011 class? The fact that there are two offered defensive line prospects in Orlando named Deon and Deion Green (no relation, by the way). RU was the first school to offer Deon (who's a South Carolina lean), and remains the biggest to have offered Deion.

Rivals and Scout are now showing offers out to VA DE Rob Burns and VA DE Marco Jones. MD ATH Darius Jennings visited campus at some point. MD LB Connor Crowell's parents are from Hawaii.

There was a thread on Rivals last week about the Paramus Catholic coach leaving for St. Joe's Prep in Philly. I don't really know enough about the situation to assess what impact that move will have on both sides.

Hey Metuchen, seriously, what the hell?

I'm not familiar with Delaware DT Angelo Blackson, but the new Auburn verbal is claiming a RU offer among others.

Watchlist: This is a section of this site's weekly recruiting posts featuring links to players that Rutgers may or may not be showing interest in, but has not yet offered.

Jared Allison, Ryan Brumfield, Blake Countess, Desimon Green, Daniel Kessler, and Greg Moore.

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