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6/23 Recruiting Update

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Rutgers held its big man camp over the weekend, and Rivals and Scout are reporting that lineman Brandon Sacco from Don Bosco scored an offer. Many of the top linemen on the board were in attendance, including Shane Johnson. The big news going forward will be anything that comes out of the upcoming junior camp. Usually, you'll see multiple offers extended, and several verbal commitments.

T.J. Clemmings suddenly decided to pull the trigger for Pitt at their camp last weekend. That was strange timing, since he had just visited Rutgers, and had started talking up Rutgers more (after previously naming Maryland and Pitt as his favorites) as of late. On Monday night, ZAGSBLOG broke the story (and has some more on Chris Fonti, including quotes from his coach) that Clemmings had in fact not committed.

"He went out there and made a hasty decision [to commit] without any input from his parents or me," Wimberly said Monday night. "He’s going to rethink it and continue the recruiting process."

I could see how Pitt fans could read into that quote and think that Coach Wimberly was overstepping his bounds, but he doesn't have a reputation for that at all, and it looks like Clemmings was just caught up in the moment, which does tend to happen at these events. That explanation is supported by his interview from last week, and other articles that I've linked here over the past few months support the idea that his intention all along had been to take a slower tack.

Sharrif Floyd just visited Rutgers (video). He says that Rutgers is in the mix for his top five. Yahoo Sports also has an interview with Shakim Phillips. He'll cut down his list soon. Georgia is the first school out of his mouth, even though they haven't offered.

Kevin Haplea is still visiting schools.

On this trip, Haplea also has visited Miami, Florida and Florida State. He will visit Duke and North Carolina on Friday. He will be at West Virginia Saturday and Sunday, and at Pittsburgh Monday and Tuesday. Late next week Haplea plans to cut his list to a final three. He will be a mid-year graduate so he will make his decision before the end of summer. Haplea said because he's comparing so many different schools right now he does not have any favorites.

Dominique Easley on his timetable:

"I’ll probably narrow it down at the end of June," Easley said. "Right now I’m still thinking I’ll take all five official visits, but I don’t know who I’m going to visit."

Khairi Fortt is of a similar mindset.

The plan right now is to get the list down to six to 10 schools by late July or early August. Fortt said he does not expect to make a decision until later in the Black Knights' season.

"I'll probably take official visits and see what happens," said Fortt, who conceded the choice is too important to rush. "After you say you commit everything stops, the calls, everything."

Palmetto Sports also has updates on Ivan McCartney, Dovant'a Davis, and Chris Dunkley. No Rutgers mentions in any of those.

One new offer is Virginia DB Andre Simmons, and another is Florida receiver O.J. Ross. Tampa-area back Jeremy Deering now has an offer. Scout's database is now listing Maryland WR Martize Barr as having an offer, but I'm holding off on adding him to the board until another site confirms. It's hard to verify offers sometimes, and the recruiting board here certainly has many inaccuracies.

Maryland LB Nick Forbes committed to Cal. Florida QB Trevor Siemien committed to Northwestern. Florida DT Tavaris Barnes committed to FSU, along with WR De'Joshua Johnson. Florida S Desmond Cooper committed to Wake Forest.

Watchlist: Jared Andrews, Chris Brady, Kamal Hogan, Corey Reeder, Dillon Romain, Kevin Umejei, Levon Williams, K’Waun Williams, and Jawaun Wynn.