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11/24 Recruiting Update

The competition in South Carolina is no match for Chas Dodd and Byrnes.

Most of the news lately is centered around all of the out of state targets coming in for the West Virginia game, although a couple locals will be coming the week after that. Maryland receiver Brandon Coleman will be in the house, and the big question is whether he commits, or takes any other official visits.

"I have the Rutgers visit planned for December 4th," he said. "I’m trying to get Maryland set up soon. I think Maryland is going to be after the season now."

Other Maryland targets will be making the trip with Coleman, but athlete Josh Furman (and his totally awesome goggles) won't be. He's down to Michigan and VT, and my guess would be VT. Speaking of the Maryland area, the Post just had a feature on the Kouandjio brothers. Rutgers was the newest offer for younger brother Cyrus, but it doesn't look like Arie is as interested as teammates Lorenzo Waters or (especially) Shane Johnson in becoming Scarlet Knights.

The other big target this year is Florida, which has been friendly to Rutgers in recent years, and assistant Brian Jenkins has been working his tail off to reestablish the Knights down there. The one guy to watch is WR/DB Tim Smith. When a West Virginia site is calling Smith a Rutgers/WVU battle, chances are he could very well land in Piscataway.

"The school that’s on him the most in Rutgers," Hutchings said, adding that RU recruiters have been to watch Smith play this fall.

Other names to watch include Ace Sanders and Jeremi Wilkes. As always the pay sites will likely have far more information about the many other visitors.

Now, 12/12 is on the backburner somewhat with all the names expected to attend on the fifth, but the following weekend will bring visits from the likes of Tejay Johnson.

Johnson is juggling EHT's playoff run with the demands of being a college recruit. Nebraska, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Rutgers and Syracuse have offered him scholarships. He has visited Nebraska and Cincinnati and plans to visit Rutgers on Dec. 12.

ZAGSBLOG echoes earlier reports about T.J. Clemmings being down to Pitt, Ohio State, and Florida.

FL DE Giorgio Newberry is a new 2011 offer in the Scout database. In 0ther '11 news, St. Peter's Prep DB Sheldon Royster picked up an offer from West Virginia. Neptune RB Charles Davis will soon start taking a few unofficial visits. West Virginia is one of the teams following PA ATH Terrell Chestnut.

Watchlist: Taj Alexander, Myles Jackson, Tyrone Johnson, Doug Rigg, Artie Rowell, John Shkreli, Nate Smith, and James Timmins.