Last week, I finished my first crack at a 2010 recruiting board. You can see it by clicking the link at the top of the page. It will be continually updated as more news comes out over the next few months.
Nothing much to report from the all-star games over the weekend.
It's possible that Antwan Lowery may take an official to FSU.
Miami Columbus four-star defensive tackle Antwan Lowery has been committed to Rutgers for a while, but the big defender may make an official visit to Florida State.
Key word there being "may". It's not much to worry about without anything else behind it. It's recruiting - other schools are going to contact your commits before signing day. Every player in the class is likely still getting barraged.
The Pocono Record printed some interesting comments from Justin Brown (who plans to visit Iowa instead of BC now). He likes Penn State, but seems to like RU's offense more. Anyone else think it's interesting that he's suddenly talking up Rutgers, and that's coinciding with PSU showing more interest in Shawney Kersey?
Brown visited Rutgers on Dec. 5 and has scheduled visits to Boston College on Jan. 16 and Penn State on Jan. 23.
"I don't really have a leader. You could say Penn State is the leader, but that's because I feel comfortable with that school right now," Brown told EagleAction.com. "Rutgers really impressed me when I went there. I might do another visit (to Iowa), but I'm not sure about that. Offense is definitely playing a big role. A lot of pro-style offenses have been recruiting me hard. Rutgers had a lot of success with (wide receiver) Kenny Britt. Penn State runs more of the spread.
"All the schools that are recruiting me are mainly vertical passing teams."
Jordan Hill is off to PSU. That didn't take long.
It looks like Iowa and West Virginia are the main competition for linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud.
So while Glaud denies a leader, his family has two favorites. "They really like Iowa and West Virginia right now," he said. "They just loved the coaches at both places."
Glaud's most recent visit was to Maryland on Dec. 12. "It was cool," he said. "It was different from Iowa and West Virginia because it's in the city. We got to go into DC and hang out in the ESPN Zone and there's a lot to do there.
"I also think that Maryland is still getting better," he said. "They had a pretty nice season but I think they'll be real good next year."
On Jan. 23 Glaud will be visiting the in-state favorite Rutgers and says he'll visit either North Carolina or Pittsburgh officially on Jan. 9. "I'm leaning towards North Carolina right now," he said.
"I've always liked their program and they had a real surprising season," he said. "I like coach Butch Davis and how the program is doing."
As impressive as the Tar Heels were this season, Glaud says the team that impressed him the most was Rutgers. "They started out 1-5 and still made it to a bowl game," he said. "They finished real strong and played great football at the end."
USF commit Ricardo Dixon still plans to visit Rutgers. Even if he doesn't end up playing on the banks, you have to love this quote and how Dixon's priorities are in the right place.
"I have set up three visits this month. I am going to West Virginia (1/9), South Florida (1/16), and Rutgers (1/23)."
Rutgers gives Ricardo that "city" feel.
"It is in the city, and that is a plus for me. The city is my type of area. I am not a party person, and when there is not much to do, people tend to party a lot. But I also like their coaching staff. They are real good, and they also have a great graduation rate. If I get hurt, I will have a back up plan to get a good job."
There's a new 2010 offer to report. Florida receiver Ivan McCartney is the cousin of NFL star Chad Johnson.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound pass target already reports written scholarship offers from Rutgers, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Florida International and even Pac-10 power Oregon.
A reader last week was worried about Tennessee going after Tom Savage. I didn't think there was any reason to worry there, and now we have additional confirmation that Lane Kiffin didn't get anywhere on that front. It's not like there was any reason to speculate when Tom Savage and Aaron Hayward practically recruited the 2009 class themselves.
Stokes has been told that Tennessee will not be taking a quarterback in this class and will go after a big name in 2010.
ESPN's Tom Luginbill thinks highly of this year's class.
Rutgers' 2009 recruiting class will help lead the Scarlet Knights to a Big East championship by 2011. This class has more speed and athleticism than any of Greg Schiano's previous classes. QB Tom Savage (Philadelphia/Cardinal O'Hara) and DT Antwan Lowery (Miami/Columbus) lead the way.
2010 WR Shakim Phillips still does not have a Rutgers offer, holding steady at UConn, Duke, and Syracuse.
Rutgers has not shown any interest in Daquan Jones to this point, but I would keep an eye on the 2010 NY lineman, who has offers from BC and Maryland.
Virginia junior tackle Marquis Wallace is thinking about taking a visit to RU.