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11/11 Recruiting Update

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Rutgers has received a commitment from 2010 Secaucus lineman Betim Bujari. Keith Sargeant has more details.

"I think Betim realized it's a great opportunity, and why waste time,'' Voorhees said. "Let's be honest, 150 schools may want him but he can only go to one. He loves the place, his family loves the place, so what more does he need to see? It's got everything he wants, it's close to home and it's a great football program. What place is better than this one?''

The 10th-year Secaucus coach said Bujari is "an aggressive'' and "versatile'' lineman who can play anywhere on the line. His brother, Bekim, is a freshman linebacker at Division III Kean in Union.

"Betim's a big kid -- obviously Rutgers can't recruit linemen that are small -- but he's got all the tools to be a great one,'' Voorhees said. "He's a very good player now and he's just 16 years old, but I think his best football days are ahead of him.''

Voorhees, whose team is 7-0 heading into a clash with Hudson County rival Harrison on Friday night, said Bujari's commitment is solid.

"Betim comes from a very strong family and I think loyalty is very important to them,'' Voorhees said. "The one thing we warned him about is obviously there will be other schools calling him, (saying) 'Our place is better than their place' and that sort of thing. But, you know what, I think he's happy with everything he sees in Rutgers. It's just a perfect fit.''

Sounds good.

RU's staff is turning over every rock looking for a tailback. It's a long shot, but could Tennessee commit Toney Williams be the next Ray Rice?

Williams heard from a few schools this week hoping he would change his mind.

Williams said he’s received calls from Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and Rutgers.

Williams said each school let him know a spot is available if he wants it.

"That’s if I change my mind," Williams said. "It’s not anything like they’re trying to pressure me to change my mind."

Williams likely won’t change his mind as long as UT hires a coach by January.

More non-statements from Isaac Holmes:

"I want to make my decision as soon as possible, but it’s getting harder and harder," said the 6-3, 295-pound lineman for Hoboken (N.J.) High School. "I’m just riding it out, having fun and working on narrowing my list down."

There are quite a few schools out there who hope to land Holmes. The list includes Florida, Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

"I’ve been talking to schools everyday," he said. "Right now, I am focused on finding a school that has a great coaching staff and players that I want to be around. I need a place where I feel comfortable, because I am going to be there for the next four years."

Tom Savage's high school career is over.

There was a considerable buzz during the warm-ups for last night's Catholic League Division AAAA semifinal playoff game between Cardinal O'Hara and Father Judge. It was created by the in-uniform presence of injured O'Hara standouts Tom Savage and Corey Brown.
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Brown, a speedy junior tailback who missed five games with a torn left knee ligament, carried 12 times for 91 yards. In the first quarter, his 71-yard scoring jaunt put the Lions (7-4) in front, 7-3.

The 6-5, 220-pound Savage, headed to Rutgers, missed last week's regular-season finale against La Salle with a bruised throwing hand. Against Judge, he completed 17 of 32 passes for 202 yards.

The latest on Logan Ryan:

The game went down to the wire. Eastern trailed by 29-28 before Logan Ryan's 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter put the Vikings ahead for good.

Eastern had led by 20-0 only to see resilient Winslow Township storm back to take a 21-20 lead. It continued to go back and forth.

"We couldn't put them away," said Ryan, the Rutgers recruit who ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. "They just didn't quit and had a lot of fight in them."

Steve Beauharnais and St. Joe's are coming off a big game with Don Bosco.

Rutgers-bound Steven Beauharnais, a 6-2, 220-pound senior, transferred in this season and has immediately contributed not only with his skills (he’s second on team with 48 tackles), but his leadership. "He’s imposed his will on the team," Karcich said.

Another 2010 offer: Florida RB Giovanni Bernard.

According to Rivals, RU has offered 2010 Florida lineman Brent Benedict.

2010 back Silas Redd only has offers from Virginia and BC, but he counts Rutgers as one of his early favorites.

Redd went on to say his four favorites are Penn State, Boston College, UNC and Rutgers.

What's up with local DT Tyson Chandler?

Chandler continues to get consideration for offers by Rutgers and Connecticut, both schools still are waiting on SAT scores.