The latest from J.T. Tartacoff:
"I like Rutgers a lot. I’ve been talking to coach Schiano and coach (Bob) Fraser on a weekly basis. Rutgers has a bright future and a lot to offer. They’re letting me make my decision on my own time."
Sorta interesting to note that in an article giving the South Carolina slant on Corey Brown, Rutgers does come up.
He says he is a well-rounded player that has played several different positions and does not have a preference. "I've played everywhere on the field," he said. "I play mostly offense but if someone wants me to play defense, that's fine with me."
Brown has taken one junior day visit to Rutgers and liked what he saw. "I thought I knew all about the school but found out a lot of things I didn't know," he said. "It's a good school."
He's also planning to play in the UA All-American Bowl next year.
Daquan Jones was at the Philadelphia Nike combine.
Jones was one of the larger prospects in attendance and easily could have blended in with an Eagles lineman who stopped by the NovaCare complex for an offseason workout. He looked all of his listed 6-4 and 305 pounds; he was very well layered, looking lean enough to add a bit more bulk while maintaining his good feet. Aside from his ideal size for a D-I offensive guard prospect, Jones ran very well on Sunday, showing great athleticism for his size (5.3 40, 4.66 shuttle). The shuttle shows his potential as short and long trapper if he ends up at guard, but don't be surprised if the quickness he demonstrated gets him a look at defensive tackle during his college career. Jones said several schools have expressed interest in his potential as defensive linemen, and he is expecting a breakout year on that side of the ball next fall.
We expected to see a higher power-ball score given his size, but the strength will come once Jones enters a full-time college weight training program to assist his drive blocking -- Jones' naturally great feet can't be coached. In terms of recruiting, the big man boasts offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College, Maryland and UConn.
"I am looking for a great education and a school that's closer to home."
Now Miami's on board with Kevin Haplea, and Rutgers reportedly offered over the weekend. Blake Barker (article linked last week) has an offer now too.
Gerald Christian: "You could say (Florida) is my leader".
Another recent offer is Florida receiver Kenny Shaw, who's blowing up.
Word about Shaw has gotten out, thanks in part to some stellar highlight clips on the Internet and also because of an outstanding showing at the Orlando Under Armour Combine in January, where he ran an impressive 3.91 shuttle and posted a vertical leap of 35.5 inches.
Shaw caught 64 passes for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns during his junior season and will have an even greater opportunity to catch passes with the news that Miller is a safe bet to transfer to a school in Michigan this summer, most likely Huron High in Ann Arbor.
Florida State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), South Florida Michigan and others have offered the 6-foot, 175-pounder. Word is that the Seminoles and Wolverines have the early advantage.
Don't get your hopes up for Tavadis Glenn.
All it took was an outstanding combine showing for defensive line/offensive line prospect Tavadis Glenn (Jacksonville, Fla./Terry Parker) to start getting looks from around the country. Two days after a standout performance at the Jacksonville Under Armour Combine, Southern California started recruiting Glenn. Miami and others have offered and the Hurricanes are considered the current team to beat.
Nothing new with Mark Shuman.
Shuman says Virginia Tech is probably is leader right now. "My brother played there," he said. "He actually just graduated. I know all of the coaches and am really comfortable with them. They are very energetic and I really believe they care about their players."
Probably should cross off Lynden Trail.
"I got the U offer," Trail said over text on Friday afternoon. "Man I feel great about this Miami offer. They’re right up there with Florida and Florida State."
Rutgers isn't in De'Joshua Johnson's top 6.
Johnson previously mentioned that the Mountaineers were in his top six along with Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Tennessee and South Florida.
In addition to his other early offers from schools such as Florida, Georgia and Michigan, Johnson's recently gained LSU, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Colorado State.
Kicker Ross Krautman (no offer) has interest in Rutgers among other schools.
Krautman is out of Ramapo (Franklin Lakes, N.J.). He is a rarity in high school kicking because he decided prior to his junior season that he would not use a tee from then on--choosing to kick the way colleges do. Schools like Rutgers, LSU, Michigan State, Louisville and Georgia Tech have shown considerable interest, but none have offered.
"It's definitely tough for kickers and punters to get offers," Krautman told Sporting News Today. "It's different with us because the programs really want to see us in person. They want you to come to their school so they can see you themselves. It's not like running backs. It could be after your senior season starts that you get your first offer."