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8/19 Recruiting Update

Elizabeth RB and erstwhile Rutgers target Ray Graham (brother of '08 recruit Khaseem Green) committed to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Graham is a tremendous player, but Rutgers had not been recruiting him strongly due to grade concerns. Graham attended practice last Wednesday I believe, and claimed to have received an offer from Rutgers then. That claim has not been verified, and it is unknown whether the supposed offer had additional conditions applied to it. My personal belief is that, if Graham holds a committable offer, his recruiting process is far from over. Mike Farrell quoted Graham as saying that he's done, but again, Mike Farrell.

In other RB news, here's an update on Lamar Miller:

Miller mentioned Rutgers may be another school to get an official visit. He also let SoFLAfootball know of one school that will not get an official visit.

Miller is a terrific running back prospect, but has serious grade issues and may not qualify.

Irvington athlete Joshua Evans is saying a whole lot of nothing.

Three-star athlete Joshua Evans hasn’t taken any visits recently. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder plans to start looking into official visits in the near future.

<!--Start Image--><!-- End Image-->"I haven’t gone anywhere yet, everything is equal," he stated. "Everyone is showing me a lot of love.

"I haven’t begun to narrow my list. I like all the schools and am happy to be in this situation. I have 29 offers and I’m looking at all of them."

When will Evans look into officials?

"Eventually, probably around next month or a couple months from now I’ll look at what schools I want to visit," he said. "I’ll be looking for what every player wants, the depth chart, who is coming back, who I’ll be battling with to see if I’ll see the field. I want to become part of a family."

2010 recruits to know: Ivan McCartney is Chad Johnson's cousin, and already holds verbal offers from WVU and Ole Miss. CB Louis Young already has offers from Stanford and several ACC schools. Casius McDowell, Eric Williams, Marshyl Rothman, Jordan Wilson, Marquis Woodyard, and Mike Brown.

Mark Brazinski has picked up a new offer.

The 6-foot-3, 297-pound prospect from Basking Ridge (N.J.) Immaculata turned some heads when he decided to open the recruiting process back up, and one school has already made a move.

North Carolina has decided to offer Brazinski, giving him yet another option for when he decides to make the final call.

"That’s correct," Brazinski said, confirming the UNC offer. "I’ve known about it for a couple of days but I’m not one to talk about offers until I have them. I came home from football practice around 2:15, looked through the mail and it was there.

Florida receiver Stedman Bailey has RU in his top 3.

"My favorites are probably South Carolina, South Florida and Rutgers," said Bailey

Bailey plans on taking all five of his official visits once his season is over. Bailey discussed the schools the plans on visiting.

"South Carolina, Rutgers, Vanderbilt will be one of them, after that I’m not sure."

Introducing Carlton Koonce.

Carlton Koonce, a 5-foot-8, 162-pound running back from Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, N.J., has been offered scholarships by Stony Brook and Hofstra and is hoping a strong September will be the difference between two options and three, four or five options.

"I have been talking to Pittsburgh, Albany, Connecticut, James Madison and Middle Tennessee a lot recently," Koonce stated. "They have just told me that they want to see some senior film. I know right now that some of those schools definitely have me higher on their boards than others."

Maryland CB Derrick Thomas may be backing off Penn State and looking around.

Thomas, the No. 43 cornerback in the nation according to Scout.com, continues to look around and will strongly consider Maryland along with Penn State, Tennessee, Pittsbrugh, Illinois and Rutgers, said his father, John Anderson.