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12/9 Recruiting Update

There were a lot of recruits at the Louisville game on official visits. This list is only half of it though, as both Rivals and Scout were reporting that a lot of other players were in attendance. More prospects will be on campus this weekend.

Rutgers had official recruiting visits Thursday night from the following high school players: Justin Brown (Concord, Del.); Malcolm Bunche (Newark, Del); Paul Carrezola (Neshaminy, Pa.); Duron Harmon (Cesar Rodney, Del.); Gerald Hodges (Paulsboro); Michael Larrow (Union); Antwan Lowery (Columbus, Miami, Fla.); Jamal and Jamil Merrell (Hodgson Vo-Tech, Del.); Logan Ryan (Eastern); Tom Savage (Cardinal O'Hara, Pa.); Jonathan Scott (Seabreeze, Fla.); Abdul Smith (Perkiomen, Pa.); Jeff Vinson (Lackawanna Junior College, Pa.) and Khalil Wilkes (St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City).

Justin Brown said that he enjoyed his visit.

Virginia RB De'Antwan Williams has RU in his top 5, and was impressed by the recent appearance of the Schianocopter. I don't really understand his comment about the "only running back" though. Maybe he was misquoted, because that is not true. He should be on campus this weekend.

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano and two of his assistants were flown via helicopter from New York City to the Woodbridge practice field Friday, Oct. 31. With flares guiding the helicopter in, the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff arrived at the field around 6 p.m., 90 minutes before the Vikings' home game against Freedom.

Schiano and his coaches stayed until the third quarter before heading back to the Woodbridge practice field and departing in the helicopter.

By the time they had left, the coaches had seen Williams practice and play before he sat out the second half with an ankle injury.

Williams said Rutgers impressed on him that he was the only running back they were recruiting for the class of 2009.

"It was weird and cool," Williams said in seeing the Rutgers' coaches arrive in the helicopter.

Rivals no longer requires a paid subscription to view player offers, and it's showing that Nolan MacMillan, a Canadian lineman from the Hun School, recently received an offer. Here's an article on him from a few weeks ago. He wants to enroll next month, so RU could have to move fast here.

Offers are flowing in for Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School prep offensive tackle Nolan MacMillan. The 6-foot-6, 284-pounder already holds offers from eight schools and is gaining interest from numerous others.

<!--Start Image--><!-- End Image-->"I have eight offers right now," he said. "I have sent my film out and things are starting to pick up.

"I got my first offer from Tulane on November 14th. I have offers now from Iowa, Louisville, Towson, Tulane, USF, Akron, Connecticut and Columbia."

Linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud was in Morgantown over the weekend. He will take one of his visits to RU in January.

The latest update on Bunche doesn't say much.

JUCO Tackle Jeff Vinson should be deciding between Rutgers and Oklahoma shortly.

"I’m probably done with visits," he said. "I think I’m deciding between Oklahoma and Rutgers. I probably will decide very soon. It could be anytime."

Wherever Vinson ends up, he plans to enroll in the fall of 2009.

The Merrell Twins said that they enjoyed their visit last week.

"I like the school and everything about it. I like the coach a lot, too. It was the first visit so I can’t really compare it to anything.

"We’re going to Pitt and then we’re going to Iowa. After that we’ll visit whatever school we decide we want to see."

Merrell said Rutgers, Pitt and Iowa were not his three favorites, only the three they have decided to visit at this point.

Meet Korvic Neat, a FIU RB commit that appears to be blowing up. He just visited Ole Miss.

"I guess people started paying attention to me when I was the rushing leader. North Carolina, Rutgers, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Iowa State, and Southern Mississippi have all offered me recently. They have been talking pretty good. Oregon has been talking to me a lot. It has really picked up."

The Trentonian named Paul Carrezola as their Lower Bucks player of the year.

The Philadelphia Inquirer named Abdul Smith as the top DB in Southeastern PA.

MaxPreps has some nice praise for Jordan Hill. Is a throwaway line in this article an error, or could Pitt still be trying to flip Hill? FYI, their fans have insisted for months that his recruitment wasn't over. I say it's time to make another run at Ray Graham (if he has the grades).

I assumed that the staff would have nothing further to do with Malcolm Bush after he decommitted, and his recent comments seem to bear that out.

"Out of the schools I’ve already been looking at, I’m still looking at North Carolina and Pittsburgh."