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9/16 Recruiting Update

Mike Farrell called Glenn Carson after his visit to Notre Dame on Saturday.

"I mean, I don’t really have any favorites but I do like Rutgers, Penn State and Notre Dame a lot," he said. "There are still a lot of others in there, though. I think I’m going to take a visit to Penn State for their game against Temple, and I may go to a Boston College game.

"I’m hoping to make my decision before the end of September, but who knows? I might not be ready then, but I’m hoping I am."

Rutgers has been considered a heavy favorite to land Carson, and hopefully the team's start won't change that.

Here's the straight dope on Virginia back De'Antwan Williams.

He took an unofficial visit to Maryland this weekend to see the Terrapins beat California. He might soon take an official visit to Alabama.

King said Virginia Tech hasn't offered Williams yet because he still has some work to do to get academically qualified. With probably four to seven scholarships left to offer, Tech has to be more picky than usual and can't take as many chances with potential non-qualifiers who might have to attend prep school.

UVa and Maryland may have good shots at landing Williams. He has expressed an interest in going to an in-state school, a school close to home or a Southern school.

Remember Georgia TE Will Middleton?

The Scarlet Knights were the first to offer the Longhorns tight end after seeing him at a camp. Middleton said he got as far as shaking a coach’s hand and then received a phone call and his first Division I offer last summer.

The phones from New Jersey have been silent.

"I haven’t spoken with Rutgers in a while," Middleton said. "I think I’m still among their offers. It’s not frustrating. It’s just part of it, really. The less time I spent worrying about it, the better."

Doesn't sound like the staff is interested at the moment.

Lineman Anthony LaLota is off to Michigan. At least it's not Notre Dame.

Here's an update about Irvington athlete Joshua Evans (who Rutgers doesn't seem to be targetting).

If you're looking for the most intriguing potential Gators commitment this year, look no further than Irvington (N.J.) High athlete Joshua Evans. He took an unofficial visit to Gainesville just before the start of the season and the staff is high on Evans as a big cornerback (he's 6-2, 185). Last year, the Gators went to New Jersey to sign five-star athlete Will Hill. While Evans isn't as highly rated or as heavily recruited as Hill, sources say the staff is equally excited about his potential.

Florida's offer board at DT looks a lot like ours.

At defensive tackle, the Gators are still recruiting Curtis Porter (6-0, 220, Charlotte, N.C. Victory Christian), Antwan Lowery (6-4, 335, Miami Columbus) and now Isaac Holmes (6-3, 295, Hoboken, N.J.). Holmes came in for an official this past weekend and it is our belief that the first one to commit will most likely fill the spot for 2009.

Conor O'Neill enjoyed his visit to Clemson.

LB Conor O'Neill (6-1 195) of Fort Lauderdale wrapped up his official visit to Clemson Sunday with a 20 minutes sit down visit with head coach Tommy Bowden. O'Neill did not commit, but the Tigers made a strong impression. "It went great," O'Neill said. "I loved it. It was awesome, just getting to experience my first college game with my dad and hanging out with JK Jay and Maliciah Goodman (Clemson commitments). I was impressed with their emphasis on academics. The whole team takes their academics seriously. And I liked how humble the team is. That caught my eye. I didn't make a commitment but I definitely like the school. I want to make my other visits. There's no favorite, they are all dead even. That's why I'm taking the official visits." O'Neill will visit Auburn this coming weekend and Wisconsin October 4th.

Rutgers hasn't made the cut for Florida LB Daniel Mack (again, mutual disinterest, we're likely focusing on Carson).

LB Daniel Mack (6-0 198) of Miami, FL has narrowed his list to five. He has Clemson, Boston College, Wake Forest, UCF, and Liberty.

St. Peter's Prep athlete Nyshier Oliver looks to be leaning towards Notre Dame.

Oliver plans on taking an official visit to Wake Forest on September 27 when the Deacons play host to Navy. He’s trying to set up an official visit to Tennessee as well but does not have a formal date set yet.

Would he consider those schools to be his favorites?

"Yes, those would be my favorites," he said. "I really like Notre Dame a lot. I’d say they’re number one right now.

It doesn't sound like Rutgers is still involved with Florida athlete Denard Robinson.

Robinson prefers to play quarterback though, but he isn't ruling Miami out.

''I have interest in them because growing up, we grow up watching the Florida teams automatically you have interest in them,'' Robinson said. ``Miami is going to be in my top.''

The Gators are also in the mix, and in fact, Florida has offered Robinson as a quarterback.

''Florida looks good, but you never know what school you are going to go to,'' Robinson said. ``I like the way Florida uses their quarterback.''

But Robinson is nowhere near being close to making a decision although he says he has a leader that he refuses to reveal.

''I don't have any favorites right now. I wouldn't say favorite. There is one school I visited unofficially and I really liked it,'' Robinson said. ``But I don't want to say which school it is.''