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12/16 Recruiting Update

Linebacker Gerald Hodges has decommitted from Rutgers for Penn State.

Tailback De'Antwan "Rocket" Williams has committed to Rutgers.

"He is identical to Ray Rice, to be honest with you. The same size, the same type of running back — a physical kid that can run up inside but still run away from people," said King. "That’s what makes it another perfect fit. They know what they are getting. They are going to get exactly what they are used to and what they missed this year."

For the next few months, there will still be one big question about Williams.

Williams has not qualified yet, but he said he is getting closer to meeting the freshman eligibility requirements needed to receive a Division I scholarship.

On last weekend's visitors:

The recruits taking official visits to Rutgers Saturday were LB Steve Beauharnais (St. Joseph's in Montvale); DL Andre Civil (Sheepshead Bay, N.Y); WR Mark Harrison (Bunnell H.S., Conn.); WR Aaron Hayward (Penns Grove); FB Robert Joseph (Brooklyn Poly Prep, N.Y); WR Shawney Kersey (Woodbury); S Mohamed Sanu (South Brunswick); OL Andrew Tiller (Nassau Community College); RB DeAntwan Williams (Woodbridge, Va.); OL Jamal Wilson (South Shore, N.Y.) and WR Darnel Williams (Nassau Community College).

Over the weekend, RU commit Jordan Hill visited Pitt (header on Scout says he's now 50/50). Safety Terrance Taylor may not have taken his scheduled visit.

That was quick - Oday Aboushi decommitted from BC, and is no longer considering them. I hope he ends up at Rutgers. He was at Virginia over the weekend.

Aboushi, a 6-6, 300-pound prospect from Xaverian High in Brooklyn, N.Y., was expected to be in Charlottesville this weekend for an official visit.

He's considered by many analysts to be one of the nation's top 25 offensive-tackle recruits. He's still looking at BC, but he also is giving offers from U.Va., Maryland, Rutgers and Iowa serious looks, too. He has visits set up for Maryland and Rutgers.

Win some, lose some; JUCO lineman Jeff Vinson has committed to Oklahoma.

Jamal Merrell on his visit to Pitt:

The twins took an official visit to Rutgers last week. How do Rutgers and Pitt stack up against one another, having seen both of them?

"I’d say they’re pretty good in their own ways but they’re different. It’s tough to say how, but they’re just different. I’d say they’re even right now."

Merrell said he and his brother will be taking an official visit to West Virginia soon but could not provide a set date. He also said they will be setting up an official visit to Iowa.

The Philadelphia Inquirer named Logan Ryan as its South Jersey defensive player of the year. Ryan and Ka'Lial Glaud were named to the Inquirer's All-South Jersey team.

Few players could pack a pop like Glaud, who had 87 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Glaud also intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. Also a quarterback, he threw for 1,379 yards and 19 TDs. He has made visits to Iowa and West Virginia and also plans to visit Maryland. He is also considering North Carolina, Rutgers, Penn State and Tennessee.

Glaud was at Maryland over the weekend, and still may visit Rutgers.

"I am planning to go to North Carolina on January 9th and then Rutgers on January 23rd," he said. "There is a chance I may switch those out with other schools instead. I’m not sure yet. I have to talk to my uncle."

Yahoo Sports has an update on Nolan MacMillan up.

Forget Korvic Neat, he's off to Ole Miss.

The Philadelphia Inquirer looks ahead to next year's high school football season in South Jersey.

Audubon's Brandon Hill battled some injuries this past season but compares with Brennan as a pure passer. The 6-5 Hill, who has drawn interest from schools such as Rutgers and Boston College, has a big-time arm and likely will put up some big-time numbers if the Green Wave develop receiving threats to replace their graduating seniors.

2010 Maryland lineman Ego Ferguson has picked up an offer from Rutgers.

Wait, if Rutgers is no longer recruiting Isaac Holmes (his words), why is he still thinking about visiting in January? This report says he'll be on campus on the 23rd.

The Bergen Record named RU LB commit Steve Beauharnais as its defensive player of the year.

News to keep an eye on - Doug Marrone is hiring the Nassau CC coach to be on his staff at Syracuse.

Could Nick DePaola be an option to walk on?