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Florida LB Phil Walker expects an offer soon

Beyond Northern Illinois, Walker said he has offers from Kansas State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Middle Tennessee State and Miami (Ohio).

He also expects an offer from Rutgers soon.

''I am pretty sure I am going to get a Rutgers offer because the coaches have called my coach to send my transcript,'' Walker said.

Rutgers it not a finalist for Maryland DB Travis Hawkins.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Hawkins has narrowed his choices though. Maryland, Georgia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan and Oregon are the seven schools Hawkins will choose from.

Florida WR Rodney Smith had a Rutgers offer, but chose to commit to FSU.

Smith (6-6, 206), the No. 9 prospect in Dade and a four-star prospect by, has over 30 offers including UM, UF, South Florida, Boston College, Tennessee, Wake Forest, South Carolina and Rutgers. He said he will still take official visits to Tennessee, FSU, USF, Boston College and Auburn this fall.

Similarly, Rishard Anderson is now a Deacon.

Walker said that Anderson's decision came down to Wake Forest and Rutgers of the Big East.

"I think Rutgers was probably right in there with Wake, in terms of what his choices would have been," Walker said.

New York OT Oday Aboushi recently visited.

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Xaverian offensive tackle Oday Aboushi had the opportunity to take an unofficial visit to Rutgers last week and he came away impressed.

<!--Start Image--><!-- End Image-->The 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman liked what he saw at Rutgers but didn’t make a decision. There are still a few other schools in the hunt.

"I haven’t done anything other than the Rutgers unofficial last Monday," Aboushi recalled. "It was just an unofficial visit. I got to meet the academic staff and a lot of new people there. It was good.

"I think that’s about it (for the summer). I’m not really sure. I might visit another school but I don’t know of anything yet."

Aboushi recently came out with a list of five favorites. Who made the list?

"My top five would probably be Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia and probably Michigan.

"Of my three offers—Iowa, Maryland and Rutgers—I realy like all three schools. Rutgers is a great place to be. Actually all of them would be. I probably want to make my decision sometime before the season starts. Maybe in September sometime."

Georgia TE Will Middleton is interested in Rutgers, but is that interest mutual?

Kell tight end Will Middleton has backed off his verbal commitment to South Carolina and now considers Rutgers, Indiana and Louisville his top three.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior committed to the Gamecocks in early May, then de-committed in mid-June, deciding to look at other schools.

"I just made my decision too soon," Middleton said. "I’d really just like have more time to think about my options. There’s a lot to think about when you’re looking at these schools."

RU apparently is not a finalist for Florida receiver Stedman Bailey.

Bailey currently has 11 scholarship offers, but lists South Carolina and South Florida as his leaders.

"South Carolina is in the SEC, the toughest conference, and they spread the ball around being that it is Steve Spurrier, and he's a legend," Bailey said. "South Florida is not too far from home. They show a lot of love."

Bailey said he might make his decision during the season.

Hoboken lineman Isaac Holmes has Rutgers in his top 3.

"It's really between Rutgers, Maryland and Pittsburgh right now," Isaac Holmes said. Holmes didn't attend any summer camps, but has already visited Rutgers and Maryland. "I've always liked Rutgers. They are the home school and they've been showing me a lot of love. The coaches are great and they are showing me a lot of interest. They keep in touch all the time and I get mail and stuff..."

Isaac Holmes, the 6-foot-3, 290 pound three-star defensive tackle from Hoboken, N.J., now has around 26 scholarship offers, but says that three stand out.
"It's really between Rutgers, Maryland and Pittsburgh right now," Holmes said.

Rounding out his top five are Florida and Oklahoma, all of which have offered.

Holmes didn't attend any camps during this summer, but has already visited Rutgers and Maryland. "I've always liked Rutgers," he said. "They are the home school and they've been showing me a lot of love.

"The coaches are great and they are showing me a lot of interest," Holmes said. "They keep in touch all the time and I get mail and stuff from them everyday, plus they don't just ask about me but take time to know about my family too."

"Right now I'm leaning towards committing early," he said. "I'd like to be able to enjoy my senior season. I'll see how August goes and see if I can take a few more visits and decide.

"My family wants me to wait it out a bit," he said. "But I don't plan on waiting too long."

Holmes says he wants to major in criminal justice and reports a 3.2 core GPA and an 1140 SAT.

DT Curtis Porter is now a Miami Huricane.

ESPN 150 Watch List prospect Curtis Porter, a 335-pound defensive lineman, has committed to Miami-Florida and head coach Randy Shannon.
Porter picked the Hurricanes over Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Rutgers. He also holds offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Colorado, Duke and East Carolina.

Hmm. Good news with Antwan Lowery? I don't put much stock into this report, but here it is.

Defensive end Antwan Lowery (6-4, 315) of Miami has a top four of Clemson, Miami, Rutgers and Florida, and he plans to spend one of his official visits at Clemson.