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Rutgers football recruiting update for the week of 12/14

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Committed Players

P Anthony DiPaula and DE/LB Myles Jackson committed to Rutgers on Sunday following their official visits.

They were followed on Tuesday morning by JUCO C Dallas Hendrikson. That's one hell of a name, and the guy is a virtual doppelganger to Chas Dodd. Tomorrow is the start of the signing period for JUCO early enrollees. Rutgers obviously has a huge need on the offensive line, so this commit could end up as the biggest of the '11 class in terms of having a tangible impact on next season.

Chevelle Buie returned to school last week, but didn't play in the Florida 2A title game. And well, he's sounding like a dude who RU and everyone else might have dropped.

"I consider myself wide open and I'm not committed to any one school," Buie said. "Right now I'm planning on taking visits to Rutgers, Marshall and East Carolina and we'll see after that."

Daryl Stephenson made the HNT's All-Area First Team Defense. Andrew Campolattano made the CN's team.

Uncommitted Players

Ok, as far as Pitt goes, LB Ben Kline decommitted for Penn State. They lost an athlete commit from Ohio in Andre Givens, an Ohio DE in Deonte Gibson, and a Pittsburgh-area DE in Desi Green (who said among others, RU has been in touch). As far as everyone else goes, it won't be clear until they actually hire a coach. I was afraid that Pitt would hire Al Golden and keep their current staff in place...and Pitt fans instead wanted a Big XII coordinator in Dana Holgorsen, and hated the idea of Golden. Golden at Miami is a worry, but less so due to all of the talent in South Florida.

Gary Nova is still in the fold for Pitt, but Rutgers wants him. Non-offerees Marquise Wright, Quinton Alston, and Kyshoen Jarrett (2, who RU has called) are standing pat for now. Rutgers has also contacted ATH Bill Belton, who is far and away the best of their NJ commits.

NJ OL Josue Matias dropped Florida, and added FSU and South Carolina to his list of finalists.

“Where ever I feel comfortable is where I’ll go. It doesn’t matter if it’s New York or Florida, I’m going to go where I feel comfortable.

Matias says he’d like to announce a decision by mid-January.

South Carolina had an in-home visit last week. ATH Tanner McEvoy just visited South Carolina, but plans to take all of his visits. Steve Spurrier and an assistant are in New Jersey today again visiting McEvoy, Matias, Royster, and Damiere Byrd. Hope these guys know that South Carolina is already at the signing limit AND has more silent verbals lined up.

NJ WR Miles Shuler has Rutgers and Notre Dame lined up.

The Targum has more on other visitors from last weekend.

A FSU assistant was touring the NJ/NYC area, and also visited JUCO DT Gilbert Pena. Pena should soon name a top 3.

It's weird how no Bam Reddish articles ever seem to say anything about where he's leaning.

2012 NJ ATH Devin Fuller is the North Jersey offensive player of the year.

Rutgers is out for JUCO OT Fou Fonoti.

Rutgers recently had an in-home visit with PA OL/DT Delvon Simmons.

MD OL Donovan Smith wasn't able to visit Syracuse due to a blizzard, instead visiting Maryland.

Rutgers has offered 2012 PA OL Chris Muller. Hrm, J.J. Denman is a Rutgers legacy?

FL QB Teddy Bridgewater has not committed to Louisville. FL DE Chad Hannah was another weekend visitor. FL WR Prince Holloway claims a RU offer, although he may not qualify. Likewise, doesn't sound like LB Daerius Washington is on RU's radar at all, nor is WR Boe Brand.

New NCAA rules mean that future secondary violations could lead to coach suspensions.

In addition to all of the Pitt drama, FL LB Gionni Paul committed to Arizona State.

Watchlist: This is a section of this site's weekly recruiting posts featuring links to players that Rutgers may or may not be showing interest in, but has not yet offered.

Kenton Adeyemi, Carlton Agudosi/Kye Morgan, Okezie AlozieVin Ascolese, Michael BolandPaul Canevari, Chris Hutton, Greg Jones, Shayne Jones, Jamil Pollard, and Wayne Williams.