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3/17 Recruiting Update

MaxPreps looks at two locals:


St. Joseph Prep (Pa.) has a track record of producing top flight offensive linemen. The class of 2010 should be no different, as the Hawks have Seth Betancourt anchoring the trenches.

The 6-7 Betancourt has been offered by several local schools, but last week heard from Michigan State, Mississippi and Minnesota.

Penn State may have an "in" with Betancourt. The Nittany Lions will have current St. Joseph Prep senior and fellow offensive lineman Mark Arcidiacono on campus in the fall, and he may try to lure Betancourt to State College. Not to mention, Penn State traditionally has a stronghold in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area.


T.J. Clemmings entered high school a highly-touted basketball player, for whom the sky was the limit.

However, he has blossomed into a blue-chip football recruit, and colleges think his 6-6, 255-pound frame is perfect for the defensive line.

Clemmings, only a junior, has helped lead Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.) to an extremely successful season on the hardwood. The Cougars recently defeated defending national champion St. Anthony before losing to powerhouse St. Patrick.

The latest on Jordan Thomas:

"I plan on going to UConn and Rutgers for their spring games," he said. "That’s all I know of right now."

Thomas said he does not have any favorites nor does he have a timeframe for narrowing things down.

Jamaal Jackson now has an offer from Louisville, but sees Rutgers as his leader. Meanwhile, Malcolm Yowk is holding steady with just a Rutgers offer at the moment.

Chris Fonti is looking to hit the camp circuit.

"I’m looking at Rutgers, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State, Miami, Florida, Syracuse and Connecticut," Fonti said. "Rutgers has offered me (a scholarship). But I wouldn’t say I have a favorite."

Nittany Network also looks at Danny Foose from the PSU perspective.

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic offensive lineman Dan Foose is one of the top line prospects in the Garden State. The 6-foot-6 and 310-pound Foose has been a varsity starter since the final three games of his freshman season, when he played defensive end.

Foose played offensive guard and defensive tackle during both his sophomore and junior seasons. He did not allow a sack either season and is being recruited as an offensive lineman who could play guard or tackle at the next level.

Sharrif Floyd had a new offer from South Carolina, and Zach Zwinak had added an offer from Notre Dame.

Last week, Massachusettes TE Blake Barker picked up an offer from Rutgers.

"I just got an offer from Rutgers," Barker said on Tuesday. "I had been getting a lot of mail from them but it was a big surprise. I didn’t expect it."

"I really don’t know a lot about them yet, but I want to know more. I don’t have any favorites so I’ll be looking at them."

Silas Redd is now thinking about the Florida Gators.

Maryland lineman Arie Kouandjio now has an offer.

Florida receiver James Louis has an offer, and is favoring Miami.

Louis stated that he has the Canes on his radar, "I'm very interested in the Miami Hurricanes right now. They are one of my top five schools right now. I just like their program and how they run their offense. I think I could fit in their offense right now."

Florida athlete Jaylen Watkins has an offer from Rutgers, but Alabama is his leader.

Jaylen Watkins, cornerback from Cape Coral High School, holds several offers including one from Alabama. He lists the Tide as an early leader.

'Alabama is really cool, and coach Saban is always expecting me to call and I like that out of a coach,' said Watkins.

Cross off Cody Riggs:

Riggs lists FSU and Notre Dame one and two on his favorites, followed by Wisconsin, Florida and Alabama, and he'll compete with the other top prospects in South Florida at the Miami Nike Camp on March 29th.

Likewise, with Brandon Linder.

"I like Notre Dame, Miami and Florida," he said. "I'm interested in everyone. I want to see what everyone has to offer. But those three are the big three right now because they have been there since the beginning."

Kenny Shaw keeps compiling offers.

Shaw is already up to 12 scholarship offers, including one from each of Florida's top four programs--Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida.

It's been especially busy in recent weeks for Shaw (6-foot-1, 170 pounds). This week, he picked up an offer from LSU, he told Sporting News Today. Other offers have come from Boston College, Colorado State, Michigan, Rutgers, Syracuse, UCLA and UCF.

"It's been crazy since the season," Shaw told SN Today. "I think that's when the college coaches get a chance to look at the film ... It was wonderful when I got my first offer. When I got the Miami one, they were like my favorite team growing up, then I got the FSU one, which was unexpected because I hadn't gotten any letters or anything. Then Urban Meyer offered me (for Florida)."

Chris Dunkley is getting offers from, well, everyone.

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