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9/29 Recruiting Update

If Saturday's victory pays any dividends down the line, it'll be with Maryland receiver Brandon Coleman.

"No. 1 is the people, and by that I mean the coaching staff, the players and as I visit the campuses more and more and they introduce me to people like the athletic directors, the deans, I've got to be able to feel comfortable, not with everybody because everybody is different, but, like, the community and the environment, I've got to feel like it's a family to me. Second is academics. They've got to have a major that I'm interested in, which would be kinesiology or mechanical engineering. And the next one probably would be the football program. Where are they going? How is things now? How is the coaching staff running things?"

The Washington Post has more on the recruiting battles between Rutgers and Maryland. Neither article goes right out and says that Rutgers leads, but fortunately, this site does. Looks like he's souring on the Terps?

"Rutgers is number one, Virginia Tech is number two, Maryland is number three, Virginia is number four and Syracuse is number five."

Eh, nothing much in Farrell's new article about Dan Foose.

"I kind of did (narrow it) but it’s still sort of tentative," he explained. "I like six or seven teams right now. Rutgers, Stanford, Boston College, Illinois, UCF, and also Penn State and Cincinnati."

Jordan Thomas and family sold on Rutgers.

It was only after Rutgers was sold on Thomas as a prospect that Hurd started planting the seed about using him as a receiver. The idea obviously grew on the Scarlet Knights staff after they started looking more closely at video of the 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior whose Tigers have an important matchup this weekend against Binghamton to determine the Section IV Class AA favorite.

Thomas was eager to give receiver a try after faring well there earlier this year at the U.S. Army Combine.

"Then he went down to the Rutgers camp and did very well," recalled Kevin Every, Thomas’ stepfather. "At that time they wanted a verbal. He wanted to come home and run it through me and my wife, and we were already on board. We were already Scarlet Knights."

NJ athlete Tejay Johnson is visiting MSU this week.

The latest on Mustafa Greene:

RB Mustafa Green (6-1 202) of Irmo was at NC State this weekend on an unofficial to watch the Wolfpack host Pitt. "It went real nice," said Green. "I didn't get to see all of it (the facilities), but I saw the new weight room and stuff like that. It's a nice campus." Green also took in the USC/Ole Miss game last Thursday night. "It went good," he said. "I had a good time." He has not narrowed his list and says he plans to take his official after the season. Green did say schools of interest are Rutgers, Alabama, and Florida. He is still undecided as to whether he will attend a home game at Clemson. In four games this year, Green is just shy of 1000 yards with 983 and 14 touchdowns. He had over 240 yards and four tds this past Friday and did not play in the second half. Green does not have a leader.

Scarlet Report, the new Rutgers affiliate on Scout, has more on Greene in a free article. I will have more to say about Scarlet Report in the coming days.

Byrnes/STA is almost here, and Chas Dodd warmed up with 276 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Sharrif Floyd's weekly list reshuffling -

At halftime of Friday's blowout of Overbrook, Floyd left at halftime and headed for USC. He visited Urban Meyer and defending national champion Florida the week before. The next schools on his list to visit are Penn State, South Carolina and North Carolina. He said that four other schools – Boston College, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Rutgers – are also in the mix. By the way, the big guy plans to major in electrical engineering in college.

Florida State is going after tackle Ken Kirksey. RB Jawan Jamison wants to take an unofficial to campus.

"Rutgers likes to run the ball 30 or 40 times a game. They told me they want to use me like a Ray Rice." He has not scheduled any visits.

The Dover Post recently spoke with Delaware athlete Malcolm Yowk.

New 2011 offers: Javares McRoys, Nick Waisome, Karlos Williams, and Brandon Fulse. The NBE football blog also has new posts up about Jameel Poteat and Terrell Chestnut.

Is Don Bosco football getting too big?

"It’s not disrespect for what they’ve done, because we respect what Greg and those guys have done as coaches, and I’d like to think they respect us," said Wayne Hills coach Chris Olsen, whose team has won 54 consecutive games, tied for the second-longest winning streak in New Jersey history. "But I believe teams with players from three states should be playing other teams with players from three states, and that’s not us."

Watchlist: Jamal Abdur-Rahman, Devon Cajuste, Wayne Carter, Nick Cefalo, Jason Cormier, Michael Curran, Sherard Harrington, Mike Labor, Ryan Malleck, Hank McCloud, Justin Parker, Ransford Quarrie, and Nate Smith (H/T: Scarlet Scuttlebutt)

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