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8/5 Recruiting Update

More on Terrance Taylor, from Zags.

"He’s a free safety for us," the coach added. "He’s not a kid that you can measure or judge on his athletic times. He’s not gonna run a blazing 4-5 40. He’s pretty average when it comes to his numbers in the weight room. He’s an intangible guy. He’s been the captain of the defense since his sophomore year.

"He’s a great teammate. He’ll do whatever he can for his teammates. He gets along great with his teammates. He’s a very coachable kid. He comes from a great family. His intangibles are his strength."

Zagales said Taylor had 80 tackles and 5 or 6 forced fumbles last season, when he helped the Bulldogs advance to the Class 2A state semifinals.

Taylor has yet to visit Rutgers and cannot sign until Signing Day in February.

"He was impressed with (cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Hewitt who recruited him and he was impressed with Coach (Greg) Schiano," Zagales said.

Zagales said Taylor met the Rutgers coaches last season when they recruited 5-11 athlete George Baker, who ended up at South Florida.

"Coach Schiano is a great guy, very straightforward," Zagales said. "They see him as a corner or safety."

Rutgers is likely out of the running for Maryland DT Raynard Randolph.

Gwynn Park lineman Raynard Randolph is strongly considering Penn State and Maryland so that he can stay close to home, according to Yellow Jackets Coach Danny Hayes, adding "he'll probably [choose] before the season."

Farrell, predictably, leaves us out of his latest update on Justin Brown (not that it's likely we'll take another WR).

Rivals250 wide receiver Justin Brown had planned to make it to four colleges in the past few days. The Wilmington (Dela.) Concord only made it to one. Where did he go and what is next for Brown?

<!--Start Image--><!-- End Image-->"I went to NC State last Thursday," he said. "It’s closest to my family in North Carolina. I might make it to South Carolina still, but I’m visiting with family."

The four-star prospect went on about his trip to NC State.

"It was a great visit," he stated. "I got to meet the coaches, talk to Coach O’Brien over the phone since he wasn’t in town, I met with my recruiter and talked with Mike Glennon. He’s a big guy, real cool and laid back.

"What stood out about the trip was the receiver position. It’s a good opportunity for me to come in. They have a great quarterback there so I wouldn’t have to worry about who is throwing me the ball and some great recruits. They should be a team on the rise."

The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder confirmed he plans to reschedule the rest of his trips to Virginia, Virginia Tech and South Carolina.

"Definitely, I’m trying to reschedule," he said. "I can’t go, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to. I definitely want to try to get back out there before the end of August to visit all three of those schools.

"I may try to fly to a couple other schools too, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, LSU, Oregon or Iowa."

Pennsylvania Nick Kindler chose West Virginia over Rutgers and other finalists.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman visited the University of Connecticut, Boston College, Rutgers, Maryland, Illinois and West Virginia this summer. On Wednesday night, though, he cast his lot with the Mountaineers.

"I was up [in Morgantown] the other day," Kindler told the Gazette. "It was my third trip there and it just felt comfortable. It felt like the time to make my decision.''

Another lineman is off the board - Andrew Carter from Florida.

Carter, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman at Leon High, jumped at the chance to explain why he decided Wednesday evening to commit to play football at the University of Illinois.

Looks like we're not a finalist for Tavon Austin.

Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar running back Tavon Austin, an ESPN150 Watch List member, will visit SEC schools Tennessee and South Carolina officially. He also will visit West Virginia, Maryland and Michigan.

At the moment, De’Antwan Williams is not mentioning us prominently. I hope we can get back in with him, as he appears to be very similar in build to Ray Rice. His school is a crosstown rival of Morgan Carter's.

The football season is approaching and that means summer visits are coming to a close. Rivals250 running back De’Antwan Williams plans to take one more trip in the near future before the season starts.

<!--Start Image--><!-- End Image-->"I’ve been working out trying to get bigger and faster," he said. "I didn’t make it to any colleges yet, but I’m going to get down to West Virginia sometime soon. I don’t know the date yet.

"I want to see West Virginia’s offense, what they recruit. I think I fit their mold as far as running backs. I want to meet the players and check it out."

Following that visit to Morgantown, does the four-star prospect plan to cut his list?

"I’m trying to figure that out for officials," he said. "When I start school at the end of August, that is when I’m going to set up officials. I’ll probably narrow it down between now and then.

"There are a few schools that have what I’m looking for, they are good schools that want me to come in and start as a true freshman. I like that, but nobody completely sticks out."

Jayron Hosley appears to be a lost cause.

"I’m hearing from Michigan a lot, LSU, Miami, Florida, and Tennessee. Quite a few schools I think once the season starts are going to offer me," said Hosley.

When asked who he thought was recruiting him the hardest, Hoslsey answered, "South Florida, Georgia, Auburn. Miami is recruiting me hard, but still no offer."

Tampa WR Anthony Williams does not have Rutgers in his top 3.

Arkansas, Georgia and Ole Miss are his top three schools, "but it can change," he said.

Denard Robinson is another player that was offered a while back, but probably isn't on our radar anymore.

"Florida, Georgia, and West Virginia are recruiting me hardest," said Robinson.

CB Mywan Jackson may be headed to Michigan.

Jackson has made unofficial visit to several programs this summer, including all of the major in-state programs as well as Louisville, Middle Tennessee State and North Carolina. Michigan, though, stood out above the rest.