Rutgers football recruiting update for the week of 5/25

Committed players

Rutgers landed its third and fourth verbal commitments of the 2011 class last Friday, landing a pair of high school linebackers in Quentin Gause and Kevin Snyder. While any speculation about Gause's interest in Miami is troubling, wouldn't the Hurricanes be more likely to stick to Southern Florida for the most part? Gause is very fast, making him understandably a high priority for Greg Schiano and staff. If both end up at linebacker in college, then Rutgers is presumably set at the position this year.

Gause plans to major in communications, and his father was very involved in Quentin's recruiting process. Snyder plays both ways in high school.

Uncommitted players

When will NJ OL Angelo Mangiro put speculation to rest and announce his favorites?

“I want to make my decision before football season so I’m going to try to cram in as many visits as possible this summer. I might have a top two and take a couple of official visits early but I want to decide before the season,” he explained.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound guard from Succasunna (N.J.) Roxbury said he may come out with a top five in the next couple of weeks and visit those five schools unofficially over the summer.

He wants to decide before the season.

NJ OL Shane Mertz on his timetable:

“Right now I’m thinking I’ll wait until the end of May to see who all is going to offer. Then I’ll pick out my four or five top schools and make visits to those places in June or July. For now I’m just taking everything in,” Mertz said.

There was an interesting Mertz article a few weeks back, which I missed until it was linked by mgoblog.

Mertz: I have always been a die hard Giant fan and I rooted for Michigan and Rutgers in college football. My dad went to Rutgers, so they’ve always been a big deal for me.

Right now, TE Jack Tabb just wants to take his visits though.

NJ ATH Miles Shuler has added an offer from Cal.

This NJ OL Josue Matias article is particularly uninformative.

Scout is now showing offers out to Pennsylvania prospects LB Branden Jackson and OT Delvon Simmons.

NJ ATH Damiere Byrd is very interested in Florida... and not so much in Michigan.

NJ ATH DeVante Waugh, who's still a bit of a mystery, plans to wait until signing day.

FL ATH Tre Mason as Rutgers as a leader along with Ole Miss, although Florida would jump to the top of his list  with an offer. FL QB Jacoby Brissett is undecided between football and basketball. FL DE Deon (not Deion) Lee favors South Carolina. FL DE Clay Burton favors GT and Clemson. FL OL Bobby Hart is looking at Alabama and FSU. FL TE Nick O'Leary favors FSU, Alabama, and Miami. FL LB Ryan Shazier isn't ready to narrow down his list. Rutgers coaches were recently spotted scouting players in Broward County. New Florida offers are DB Jabari Gorman and LB Daerius Washington.

UVA is trying to build a pipeline to DeMatha HS, and also badly wants D.C. QB Kevin Hogan.

ESPN's Brian Bennett quotes a Bruce Feldman article on D.C. DT Kevin McReynolds to ask whether Big Ten speculation is affecting recruiting. Feldman quotes McReynolds as promising to visit Rutgers soon.

Coach Benjie Wimberly reflects on Paterson Catholic closing its doors.

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.

Quinton Alston/Kyle Carter (2), Deion Barnes, Kelvin Benjamin, Malcolm Crockett, Kyshoen Jarrett, Ryan Malleck, Brandon PhelpsMaika Polamalu, Antoine Pozniak, Bobby Schwarzenberger, Kevin Sousa, and Brandon Ross.

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