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Rutgers football recruiting update for the week of 5/18

Uncommited players

What of Quentin Gause's announcement?

Quentin Gause of Bishop Kearney in Rochester, a first-team all-state football player in Class C, is expected to give a verbal commitment on Monday. The linebacker has several Division I offers in hand, but not the one he craves, from Miami, so the word circulating is that he might declare for Rutgers for now.

No longer at ESPN, JC Shurburtt has started his own recruiting blog, with tidbits like this.

Florida and South Carolina both offered offensive tackle Josue Matias from Union City, N.J./Union Hill, on Monday.

He also just tweeted that Maryland offered Bam Reddish...and some more news you'll have to scroll down to see.

ESPN just closed its Penn State affiliate site Nittany Network, so something must be up on that front. I'd appreciate any tips. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Google cache the hell out of what you can find (e.g., Jack Tabb, . ESPN's On the Trail does have a couple free viewable updates on NJ ATH Miles Shuler and PA RB Jameel Poteat, among others, though.

Shuler's blowing up, with offers from the likes of Oklahoma, MSU, and Notre Dame. The one constant?

"Oh they will be in it, definitely. I’m still feeling real good about Rutgers, and they will be under heavy consideration," Shuler said assuredly. "With so many of us Jersey kids getting national recognition, it would really be something if we could all stay home, go to Rutgers, and hold New Jersey down. If we all end up going there, Rutgers could be the place to be."

NJ ATH Damiere Byrd has added more offers.

Kristian Dyer is publishing at Scout instead of Rivals now, and he's on Twitter too with updates on players like NJ RB Savon Huggins and OL Angelo Mangiro. Huggins visited South Carolina over the weekend, following a Gamecock assistant visiting Huggins and teammates like Keith Lumpkin (who's fresh off a UVA visit) early in the week.

Speaking of Savon, Al didn't scare him off did he?

He told Sporting News Today he will cut his list around the beginning of July, but said the only definite school to make that cut will be Rutgers.

NY WR Devon Cajuste has named a top five.

"Well, I have a top five so to speak," Cajuste said. "Stanford, Harvard, Boston College, UConn and Rutgers. It’s a little bit (that he likes) about each one of them. I like all of the schools that have offered but if I could narrow it down a little bit more that’s what it would be."

Scout's offer list is now showing an offer out to PA DE Jordan Kerner.

VA ATH Demetrious Nicholson has fifteen scholarship offers. MD DT Vincent Croce has Michigan, MSU, and UVA as his leaders. VA OT Landon Turner doesn't seem to be showing any interest. MD ATH Jamal Merritt is high on Rutgers. Someone should tell him that the graduation success rate is much better.

"I like Rutgers a lot," he stated. "I like the facilities and the coaches seem like good coaches. They produce athletes and put them into the league. They have been top ten in the last couple years and their academics are top of the line. They graduate half of their players, that’s a plus too."

D.C. CB Vance Roberts is claiming a Rutgers offer, and West Virginia as a leader. He's a package deal with his brother.

"I like Rutgers too. I was up there for the showcase and it feels like a great environment. The field gave me chills, just like this past weekend with Virginia Tech’s field. That gave me chills too."

DE OL Trip Thurman has added offers, and seems to be favoring Florida.

A Rutgers assistant was spotted last week at FL QB Jerrard Randall's high school. Rivals is now showing an offer out to FL ATH Torrey Campbell. FL DE Curt Maggitt claims no favorites. FL RB Mike Blakely favors Auburn.

I'll save the "next Myron Rolle" label for Miles Shuler, but the story about FL DB Wayne Lyons and his 50 questions will undoubted generate those comparisons too. Guess he's not going to play in the sticks then.

QB Gary Nova committed to Pitt. I kinda feel like Rutgers screwed up in not offering Bryan Murphy last year, letting them establish a pipeline to Bosco.

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.

Quinton Alston, Shawn Hoover, Kyshoen Jarrett, Quanzell Lambert, Marques Little, Ryan Malleck, Brandon Napoleon, Brandon Phelps, and Artie Rowell.