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7/28 Recruiting Update

How solid is Chas Dodd?

Dodd says that his commitment is solid and does not plan to take any other visits.

"I visited there (again) this weekend and liked it a lot," he said. "There is nothing I find that’s bad about the place."

Dodd visited with two teammates from a loaded Byrnes team, RB Marcus Lattimore and WR Torian Richardson.

WR Torian Richardson (6-1 180) of Byrnes was in Oregon recently with teammates Chas Dodd and Marcus Lattimore. "We went to the Nike tournament 7 on 7 camp out there," he said. "It was really nice." The three then visited Rutgers on their way back home. "They have a real high graduation rate," said Richardson. "That was what I noticed the most." This Thursday, Richardson is heading to Mississippi State for a day camp and will return on Friday. He already had offers from Michigan State, Mississippi State, Rutgers, and Louisville and has picked up offers from East Carolina, Syracuse, Tulane, and Kansas State. Richardson says that he camped at South Carolina and was told that they liked him. "They told me that it was about numbers and they would have to wait to see what (another prospect) is going to do." Richardson says he has not narrowed his list and does not have any favorites.

I've been following the updates out of last week's Friday Night Lights camp (see below for more). You can't help but look at Florida's depth chart at the skill positions and get excited. A player like Tejay Johnson may want to play for the national champions (who doesn't), but with Florida and PSU low on scholarships, Rutgers could benefit with him, Corey Brown, and various FL speedsters.

Wide receiver and defensive back Tejay Johnson is one of the state's top college prospects. He scored 10 touchdowns last season.

DeRosa said Johnson is very interested in Florida. Rutgers is also recruiting Johnson, who won the 100-meter dash at the Meet of Champions in the spring.

Want to read a Shakim Phillips article that says nothing about his leanings? Here you go.

Sharrif Floyd keeps reshuffling his list, with the only constant being PSU. RU was in his top three recently, but he's constantly changing his mind.

O.J. Ross is visiting South Carolina with his teammates. Jeremy Deering has 37 scholarship offers. I don't see mention of a Rutgers offer in the latest Dionte Ponder update. Scout says that Florida DB Johnie Simon has an offer. Not adding him for the time being; and I probably should update the board when I get a chance. Does Marquel Wade have an offer?

Newest unrealistic Jackson Jeffcoat update: hitting the West Coast, playing hoops.

Who are the top uncommitted players left in Virginia? (Apparently RU is a player with Andre Simmons.) Robby Havenstein's final five: MD, UVA, Wisconsin, WVU, and PSU. Arie Kouandijo and Ego Ferguson visited South Carolina last week.

Brandon Ifill: maybe he'll visit Rutgers (it won't matter).

Kevin Haplea committed to PSU. The Nitters are playing it smart this year; they had a ton of silent verbals, and strategically spread their announcements out to maintain a consistent level of positive press coverage. This one has been in the bag for months, as evidenced by Rutgers throwing all their eggs in the Jarrett Darmstatter basket, and hopefully he'll pull the trigger before the season starts. Arthur Doakes committed to Pitt. Brian Vogler committed to Alabama. Brandon Wilkinson committed to USF.

Mack Brown commited to Florida, and there are rumors of other commits like Chris Dunkley. The weirdest aspect of this may be that Florida turned down the likes of Markeith Ambles (a talented headcase, who's off to Tennessee), Kadron Boone, and Dominique Easley (all legit info has him wanting to get away for college, barring one rumor that turned out to be false). It's important to know that UF has a very loose definition of the word "offer", and is going to turn away a lot of good prospects. There's no chance of them even offering guys like O.J. Ross or Ace Sanders. More FNL: James Louis feeling jealous and spurned, Demar Dorsey solid, and in the weirdest story of the week (not counting UGA being banned from Carver High), Tavadis Glenn (with buddy Louis Nix in tow) was kicked out of FNL for throwing up the Miami "U" sign.

Watchlist: Antoine Pozniak, Greg Reese, and Dillon Romain.