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11/17 Recruiting Update

Yes, I know the board needs work. I'll get to it eventually, and it doesn't help that I've been having some formattting issues with it.

This doesn't come as much of a surprise, but Rutgers will honor Sam Bergen's scholarship.

He was worried about a scholarship offer from Rutgers 20 days before he blew out his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Oct. 30. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano told Bergen within days that his scholarship was safe.

"When this knee happened, I wasn't sure at first what was going to happen with Rutgers," said Bergen, who will undergo surgery on his right knee to repair his torn ACL Nov. 24. "They're really great coaches and a great program. They did the right thing. That makes me like Rutgers even more."

HS football playoffs are underway throughout the country, and Chas Dodd and Byrnes continue to roll on, to the tune of 257 yards and 3 TDs in a blowout win. Truthfully, I'm more impressed by what Jordan Thomas has been doing. He's been out of this world. J.T. Tartacoff's Montgomery squad was bounced against Howell, although he played well.

The latest on South Carolina RB Mustafa Greene is that he'll be one of many out of state players visiting campus for a big recruiting weekend when West Virginia comes to town on December 5th.

RB Mustafa Green (6-1 200) of Irmo will take an official to Rutgers on December 4 and now plans to visit NC State shortly after. "Those are the two schools recruiting me the hardest right now," said Green. "I'm also hearing a lot from Illinois and Syracuse."

other players on campus include Maryland lineman Shane Johnson

Johnson has set official visits with Rutgers for December 4th and Pitt December 11th. He's looking at USC, Cal, Wake Forest and several others for his final three visits. He has not taken any unofficial visits this season, and he does not have a favorite.

with WR Brandon Coleman and DB Lorenzo Waters in tow, and prospects like Devon Wright, and Jeremi Wilkes from Florida. Wilkes recently said the following:

"I have a visit set up next week for Syracuse (11-20). I will visit Rutgers (12-4) in December. I am setting up a visit for Louisville and I know I will visit Troy and Iowa."

Thanks to nik12 on SoR for linking to this NY Post story about 2011 prospect Ishaq Williams.

Ishaq Williams is one of the most feared defensive players in New York City. He’s a playmaker on offense. Lincoln coach Shawn O’Connor calls him "a great leader" and next in the line of blue-chip Railsplitters defenders. He’s an A student with scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Maryland and Rutgers.

Other new 2011 names to watch are Andrew Campolattano from Bound Brook, and Darius Jennings from Maryland, who are now listed as holding offers in the Scout database.

Also, fresh from Kristian Dyer comes an update on 2011 super-prospect Savon Huggins out of St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, and ESPN has another update on 2011 FL ATH Mike Blakely.

PA ATH Brandon Ifill is holding firm on only visiting Pittsburgh and Maryland. Smart money is on the Panthers there.

Watchlist: Jamal Abdur-Rahman, Ricardo Allen, Kyshoen Jarrett, Tony Jones, Ish Mack, Sean Reaver, Doug Rigg, Ace Sanders, James Timmins, and Will Tye.