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Rutgers football recruiting update for the week of 7/13

Committed players:

Quentin Gause is keeping a diary for Scarlet Nation. Scarlet Nation has a new Twitter account, so check that out.

Last week Scarlet Report caught up with walk-on lineman Bryan Leoni.

Uncommitted players:

NJ DE Max Issaka has questions for Rutgers after his visit to Pitt.

Two of the schools Issaka has managed to visit recently were Pitt and Rutgers. One week after his trip to Pitt, which went well, Issaka and his parents returned to Rutgers to ask some questions and get some answers.

“We wanted to get some things cleared up, like where I would fit in the defense,” he said of his trip to Rutgers. “More defensive ends are committing to Rutgers and I went there to see how things are going to be."

“I felt comfortable (at Rutgers) from the start. I felt like one of them and it feels like a family being there with people I know. It felt like home already."

Rutgers has one DE commit so far, after signing one last year with academic concerns, so these concerns seem rather unfounded. It's not like Florida and UNC aren't loaded on that side of the ball either. Hopefully everything gets cleared up soon if Max is facing pressure from his parents and coach to commit. The GMC star's athleticism at DE would be a great fit for the Rutgers defense.

What's the difference between NJ receivers Damiere Byrd and Miles Shuler? At 4.28, Byrd ran the second fastest 40 yard dash (to Tacoi Sumler) at the Nike Sparq competition in Oregon last week, while Shuler "only" ran a 4.45. Doesn't change his ridiculous 100m time however.

By the way, Shuler's latest top ten.

California, Cincinnati, Florida, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Stanford made the cut.

It's almost decision time for NJ OL Angelo Mangiro, who's speculated to be going to Penn State.

Offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro from New Jersey has narrowed his college choices down to four schools, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, and Pitt. Mangiro plans to announce his college choice on July 25.

PA RB Jameel Poteat insists he isn't a Pitt lean.

“I have to put something out there, because some schools have backed off because everyone thought I was going to Pitt,” said Poteat, who plans on playing in the Army All-American game and the Big 33 game. “That’s not true. I know there’s a great tradition of McDevitt players going to Pitt, and Pitt’s a great school. But right now, everything is still up in the air. I’m not saying I’m not going to Pitt. I may still go to Pitt. But right now, I’m undecided. That’s a fact. Undecided.”

He did just name Pitt, Rutgers, and Cincy as his top three however.

“Coach Schiano is doing a great job with Rutgers. That’s a program on the rise. He just seems like a real good coach. He’s a good motivator. I could see myself playing for him. He’s one of those coaches you just love and you’d just give your all for him. My recruiting coordinator from Rutgers is their offensive coordinator and that’s a big help. It’s nice that they’re real close to home, too."

Penn State commit Kyle Carter, along with his cousin Pitt commit Quinton Alston, have been trying to influence New Jersey recruits over Facebook. The article also has an update on Kyshoen Jarrett.

"With Savon, I just talked to him,'' Carter said. "He still likes Penn State, but they haven't been showing him much love. I said, 'Well, then, I'll be your recruiter.' I show him Evan Royster and tell him how he could fit into that offense.''

Bergen Catholic traveled to a 7 on 7 tournament in South Carolina over the weekend, where their new coach continues to talk up Tanner McEvoy at QB..

John Kelly loves NJ S/RB Sheldon Royster's athleticism.

NJ TE Jack Tabb is...visiting Arkansas in hopes of becoming the next Stuart Scott.

PA CB Terrell Chestnut wants to take a break from recruiting for the rest of the summer.

The way MD CB Jamal Merritt is talking about being interested in Rutgers and ECU, there's no way he has a committable offer, although I won't take him off the board without direction confirmation of that.

Speaking of which...

He may not need to take an official visit to Rutgers. As a New Jersey native he is very familiar with what the Scarlet Knights have to offer already, and he has spend a good amount of time on campus already.

Waugh said the coaches from James Madison have been pushing hard for him to visit their school sometime soon. It’s a trip he would like to take but he has to talk to his mother about those plans. As of now the trip is up in the air.

The talented rising senior admitted that Rutgers and Louisville, the two schools that have offered, are at the top of his list but are even with one another for the time being.

FL DE Anthony Rabasa doesn't have Rutgers as a finalist. Rabasa's teammate Tacoi Sumler, who ran the fastest 40 time at the Nike Sparq competition, wants to play out West or in the Southeast.  FL LB Daerius Washington may visit because he likes the Rutgers facilities. This ESPN article with fluff about Syracuse recruiting also mentions that Tony Steward still favors Clemson. RU is in Andre Davis's top seven. Could FL OL Tony Posada be leaning towards Michigan? Rutgers is one school interested in FL QB Phillip Ely.

It was reported last week that Rutgers offered NJ TE Kevin Miller, who then immediately committed to UCF. Since it was only a verbal offer, I'm not adding Miller to the board as it's impossible to predict how his recruiting would have progressed. If Tabb goes to Florida and the staff wants another tight end, Ryan Malleck from Point Pleasant is a DI prospect. For what it's worth, Miller said he really liked Rutgers but family concerns pushed him to UCF.

As expected, PA DE Jordan Kerner committed to PSU. VA OL Landon Turner picked UNC over VT.

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.

Dan Foesel, Sherrod Harriel, Da'Mario Jones, Jeff Mack, Christian Marchena, Corey Majors, A.J. Sebastiano, and Tyrell Smith.