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Rutgers football recruiting update for the week of 7/27

Committed players:

Quentin Gause checks in with his final diary for Scarlet Nation, recounting his experiences as a camp counselor.

Zuh? (italics mine)

Athletic Director and Football Coach Pat Tirico presented Joe Falato with his MVP award for football.

"He holds the record for the most tackles in a career at Lodi," said Tirico. "He's received a full scholarship to the University of Rutgers where we'll be able to watch him (play football) on TV."

Uncommitted players:

Scott Stump is reporting that Rutgers has finally offered Point Pleasant TE Ryan Malleck. Rutgers didn't sign any natural tight ends last year, so two would make sense in this class, and Malleck looks like a solid prospect.

Here's to the top remaining OL target on the board.

Former Union City coach Joe Rotondi predicted last year that Matias would become the next coming of former Rutgers standout Pedro Sosa, who Rotondi also coached at Union Hill. Well, it looks as if Rotondi’s prediction has come true. New coach Wilbur Valdez is helping Matias with the recruiting process…

NJ WR Damiere Byrd joined Savon Huggins at least weekend's Gridiron Kings event in Florida. Byrd wants to visit South Carolina.

This weekend, the wide receiver/running back will get on an airplane again and head to Orlando, Fla. He's one of only two players from New Jersey to be invited to participate in the second annual Champion Gridiron Kings, a 7-on-7 event featuring 65 of the top skill-position players in the country.

Here's the Florida slant on Huggins.

NJ RB Ben Martin is standing pat.

“I haven’t really thought about it, but I like Rutgers, I like all the schools sending me stuff.”

MD S Nico Law is down to a final eight.

"I narrowed it down in the last week to eight schools," he said. "I’ve got it down to Maryland, Cincinnati, Louisville, Iowa, West Virginia, Virginia, Rutgers and Illinois."

Er, this timing for PA CB Terrell Chestnut's announcement means it's probably linked to Poteat.

Terrell Chestnut, a quick-footed and electrifying two-way back for Pottsgrove, will announce his college destination Thursday in a 2 p.m. news conference at school.


If he chooses Pitt, Chestnut may play with standout running back Jameel Poteat. Pittsburgh reportedly has the inside track on landing the standout running back from Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt. Poteat, a 5-11, 195-pound senior, is set to announce his decision Wednesday.

Looks like RU has no room at the inn for MD ATH Malcolm Crockett.

"I was looking at NC State, but they are out of the picture," he said. "I was considering Rutgers, but they already have two running backs and are waiting on another back, so that’s pretty much out of the picture too."

Davis and Buie are actually slot backs/athletes, as is Crockett.

Paterson Catholic transfer Elijah Shumate recently landed at Don Bosco. He has an early RU verbal offer, but appears to be looking at some out of state schools right now.

Rutgers has offered 2012 PA RB Desmon Peoples. PA DE Branden Jackson just visited UNC. I don't know what's up with their offer board, besides all the talk that UNC is making a huge push in Virginia (i.e., with these guys) this year. Jackson and DT Branden Simmons want to play together in college. PA lineman Brandon Clemons is visiting South Carolina.

Speculation has it that FL QB Phillip Ely's top four doesn't include RU, however ESPN has him with five including RU. FL OL/DL Giorgio Newberry understandably liked his trip to Rutgers a lot more than Iowa State. FL RB Mike Blakely is leaning to Florida. FL OL Max Lang is looking at USF and Texas Tech. FL WR Andre Davis is facing criticism? The article has updates on some other Tampa-area prospects. Does Clemson lead for FL LB Tony Steward? FL ATH James Wilder Jr. is worried about Florida lying about giving him a chance at RB and that could push him to FSU. Wilder, Ely, and teammate OL Tony Posada are close to making decisions. FL OL/DL Ruben Carter is looking at FSU and Tenn.

GA OL Quincy McKinney doesn't seem to be mentioning Rutgers.

NJ OL Angelo Mangiro committed to Penn State. RU was a finalist, but the writing was on the wall when PSU finally stopped screwing around and offered him. He said that he liked Rutgers, but grew up a Nittany Lion fan. DE OL Trip Thurman finally committed to Florida. FL DB Allan Ramsey switched from being a soft Maryland verbal to Wake Forest. The Terps had a lot of early commits this year, but may not be able to hang on to them with everyone assuming the Fridge is toast.

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.

Mike DeTroiaDan Foesel, James Kenner, Fred McRae, Kendall Patterson, Maika Polamalu, and Jamie Wilson.