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1/20 Recruiting Update

Shawney Kersey has switched his verbal to Penn State.

Justin Brown canceled his BC visit and was at PSU over the weekend. There were some rumors that he would verbal to PSU, but he is keeping mum at the moment.

From here, Brown believes a decision is forthcoming.

"I don’t think I’ll be taking anymore visits," he said. "It’s really between Rutgers and Penn State.

"I’m not going to rush my decision. I’m pretty sure it may be before Signing Day. I’m going to pray about it and make sure I make the right decision because this isn’t just four or five years, it’s the next 20 or 30 years of my life."

There were reports over the weekend that he would verbal to Penn State, but no one really knows for sure.

Justin Brown, a 6-foot-3.5, 215-pound wide receiver from Concord High School in Delaware continues to be a hot topic in recruiting as he has narrowed his schools down to Penn State and Rutgers. It was rumored over the weekend that Brown gave a commitment to the Nittany Lions; however Brown has publicly debunked them. PSU has had him for the most amounts of visits; however the Scarlet Knights have the advantage of Tom Savage in his ear, so things could get interesting here. This situation is about as confusing as recruiting can get right now.

I'd say it's a good sign when one of your targets in Andrew Tiller visits a competitor and isn't raving about his visit.

"I might visit Miami," he said. "I talked to the Miami coaches on Friday. It’s just pretty much those three—Miami, Syracuse and Rutgers. I’m not looking at NC State.

"I’ll be ready to make my decision sometime between now and Signing Day."

Receiver Dwayne Difton was at UConn last weekend. I think this update from the 14th might be a little old, as I believe he is visiting us this next weekend and high on Rutgers.

He's unsure where he is headed on Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, but says he is considering a trip to Tennessee, Purdue, and Minnesota.

He was highly interested in Boston College, but after the firing of head coach Jeff Jagodzinski, Difton was no longer interested in taking a visit there.

Despite not hearing from South Florida, he still lists the Bulls as his leader.

"South Florida is my top, but Southern Miss is a great school so I have thoughts on them too," Difton said.

Malcolm Bunche decided not to visit UConn over the weekend. I'm starting to get a good feeling here.

Bunche believes his visit to Miami will be his last and confirmed he is down to Maryland, Miami and Rutgers. He added a bit about his other finalist, Rutgers.

"They have a great atmosphere and great coaches," he stated. "They have a lot of good athletes and a great offensive line coach. Coach Schiano is putting them on the map and they are building a future which I like."

As for a decision, Bunche expects to announce his choice on Signing Day.

Word around has been that Rutgers was steadily gaining for linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud. He had previously named Iowa and West Virginia as co-leaders. I thought the news that Reuben Johnson was headed to Cincinnati (they had both wanted to come to WVU as a package) would push him towards Iowa, but the exact opposite seems to be happening.

Atco (N.J.) Winslow Township High School middle linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud who seems to be down to West Virginia and Rutgers right now with Iowa on the outside looking in. Glaud has said for a long time now that WVU was the favorite, but Rutgers has made up some ground.

Is no Donald Russell good news? That means Rocket is coming, right?

So is Russell down to Southern Miss and Kentucky?

"Well, I may go visit Tennessee this weekend. I am supposed to call them tomorrow. I was talking with coach (Stan) Drayton but they fired him. I am going to call them and see what happens.

Another source agrees that he is likely going to Kentucky.

Khalil Wilkes just came back from his Stanford visit.

"I’m visiting Wake Forest this weekend," he said. "That should be my last visit. After that I should be ready to make a decision maybe even next week.

"I want to see a little more about the school. I have seen it once. The biggest thing, I want to meet the other commits from Wake Forest and see how they are."

Wilkes confirmed he is down to Rutgers, Stanford and Wake Forest.

He also appeared to enjoy his visit to Wake.

There's still some talk about Isaac Holmes. He still plans to take a visit, but reportedly was down to Pitt, Maryland, and Florida as of last week. If Holmes is a package deal with Bernardo Nunez, then they'll probably go to Pitt, because Maryland isn't after Nunez any longer.

It's not exactly a surprise at this point, but Terrance Taylor has committed to FIU.

Saturday was Junior Day, so you should start to see some news coming out about the class of 2010 over the next few weeks.

The latest on 2010 Philadelphia lineman Seth Betancourt is encouraging.

Right now Rutgers and Penn State are my favorites," Betancourt said. "But I’m waiting. Right now I want to wait it out and see who I hear from. I want to see if I hear from some SEC schools like Florida and Georgia.

"I’m really open to anyone. I’ll go anywhere."

Betancourt has been to Penn State, but not Rutgers.

"I plan to get up to Rutgers pretty soon," he said. "But I can’t make it to their junior day on Saturday.

Here's another 2010 offer:

Endicott (N.Y.) Union-Endicott junior safety Jordan Thomas informed over the weekend that he had picked up his second scholarship in two days. Thomas had first been offered by Rutgers and then Pittsburgh followed suit as well.

"It was an honor to be offered by the head coach (Dave Wannstedt) himself," Thomas said. "They are definitely near the top of my list now with Rutgers."

2010 receiver Ivan McCartney favors Oregon and Florida.