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Rutgers football recruiting update for the week of 8/10

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Committed players:

NJ QB Mike Bimonte explains how he came to choose Rutgers.

Uncommitted players:

NJ RB Savon Huggins is sticking with his old top 10 as he finishes his southern trek.

Huggins has 10 teams remaining of his more-than-30 scholarship offers. The St. Peters Preparatory School star has state school Rutgers on his list, as well as the two Florida schools, and then Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Georgia, Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn State and Wisconsin. It will be his first exposure to Gainesville.

He was on campus today.

Pitt's off to a good start this year, but they still need to find some OL recruits, and do better on their home turf in Western Pennsylvania. Check out the visitor list to their weekend BBQ.

Keith Lumpkin, a 6-foot-8, 285-pound tackle from St. Peters (N.J.) Prep, was among three Pitt recruiting targets who attended morning and afternoon practices. A pair of WPIAL defensive ends, Desi Green of Clairton and Quinton Jefferson of Woodland Hills, also took in the action.

Of course Rutgers fans want Lumpkin and his two SPP teammates, but it's actually a very good sign if Pitt concedes Max Issaka in favor of their two local prospects who are probably good bets to end up there considering that they already loaded up on DL in last year's class. I'm happy that Issaka and Miles Shuler didn't make it. In fact, Shuler made it to Rutgers practice Friday with 2012 teammate Ryan Brodie and '11 commit Tyler Kroft. Lumpkin then made his way to Monday's practice in Piscataway.

More on Lumpkin:

“I enjoyed Rutgers, too. I did the same thing at both basically. I just watched practice, watched them do their film (work) and meetings and then got campus tours."

Rutgers has offered 2012 PA RB Drew Harris, who plays on the same team with Kroft.. Another 2012 offer is to NJ RB Nigel Jones. Scout's also showing an offer out to JUCO LB Josh Francis.

NJ TE Jack Tabb visited more schools on his charade tour before eventually picking Florida.

Michigan, Purdue, Cincinnati and North Carolina were the four schools that Tabb visited over the past week and each of those trips were informative, giving him plenty to think about as his season draws closer.

Another presumed Gator in NJ WR Damiere Byrd has set three visits.

"I don’t have any more summer visits," Byrd explained on Friday. "I’ll probably take officials to Iowa, Ole Miss and South Carolina."

FL RB Tre Mason plans to visit RU, PSU, WVU, and Ole Miss. He's been talking up Rutgers for months, but between Martin and Huggins will there be room left at the inn for Mason? Doesn't sound like Rutgers is in contact as of late with FL LB/S Daerius Washington. Facebook stalking indicates that FL RB Mike Bellamy is looking at FSU. FL DE/LB Ramik Wilson switched from offense last season. FL OL Tony Posada is about to commit to Michigan. FL CB Dallas Crawford doesn't have RU on his list.

The Washington Post looks at the impact of Twitter and Facebook on recruits like D.C. DT Kevin McReynolds and MD S Nico Law.

"It gets hectic when [fans] are persuading you to go to their schools," said McNamara defensive back Nico Law, who has narrowed his choices to eight schools, including Maryland and Virginia. "It seems like colleges are bending the rules [for contacting recruits] but they're not bending the rules because the fans technically aren't on staff even though they hit up your email saying, 'Come here, this school is great.'

"I try to ignore [fans] sometimes. If you accept the wrong person, they fill up your inbox. It's like you have personal stalkers that you don't want."

If you have any inclinations to bug a recruit on Facebook, don't. The staff doesn't need any help, and that will only create headaches for them.

MD ATH Darius Jennings has a top ten and RU isn't on it.

PA DE Branden Jackson isn't taking any more visits for a while.

Huh, GA OL Quincy McKinney is visiting Southern Miss?

FL DE Deion "not Deon" Green committed to UCF. While location was probably a factor as he cited, hopefully Rutgers backed off to concentrate on Issaka.

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.

Vin Ascolese, Timotheus Granger, Davon Jacobs, Dillon LucasBilal Marshall, Praise Martin-Oguike, Davion Samuels, and Niv Sultan (sufficiently novel even if you don't usually care about these guys)