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Rutgers football recruiting update for the week of 1/4

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Committed Players

Check out this primo video of Dallas Hendrikson signing his LOI.

It's wrestling season for Andrew Campolattano.

A Notre Dame site on Miles Shuler at the Army AA practices:

WR Miles Shuler didn’t consistently catch the football, but he did make some good grabs. One thing about Shuler is he can absolutely fly. He was running past DB’s all day.

Here's 247 Sports:

Shuler had quite a showing catching slants and running after the catch, his first time ever really playing receiver. He still has some work to do on getting out of his break at the right time on out routes.

Uncommitted Players

Who's got five stars and no interest in Miami? This guy. caught up with Gary Nova at the Chesapeake Bowl and his him looking at Rutgers and Miami, followed by UVA/Cincy. Pre-Mike Haywood arrest it came out that former Pittsburgh commit Lafayette Pitts will be visiting. Now their class is pretty much deader than disco with Quinton Alston heading for the door, Max Issaka wavering, and non-offeree Marquise Wright suddenly talking Rutgers. While things can always change, RU doesn't have that many ships left. We'll see what happens now that the big dead period is over.

Sheldon Royster is down to Rutgers and South Carolina, but supposedly will be visiting Michigan this weekend. It's always weird to see Michigan fans considering Tanner McEvoy a TE when he's probably too thin for the position, and would also be a perfect spread option QB. Or Royster may not, since he might just commit by weeks end. Anyone else really troubled by South Carolina already having 26 verbals and possibly adding six more? They'll at least get to 30 with their four silent verbals (including their sixth DB of the class).

Er, some possible bad news:

OL Josue Matias (6-5 300) of Union City, NJ was favoring USC, Rutgers, and Florida but has now added Miami to the list. "They called me and told me that Coach (Al) Golden was interested in me and I was pretty excited," said Matias. He has already taken official visits to Florida, North Carolina, and Wisconsin and has scheduled his visit to USC on January 14th. He says he is unsure if he will take a fifth visit, but if he does, it will be between Miami and Rutgers.

Being a finalist is good, but taking an official visit would be crucial. It's too bad that he wasted a visit on Wisconsin.

There have been mixed reports on whether or not Ryan Malleck officially decommitted from Maryland. There's a better chance that he stays there now that the Terps hired Randy Edsall instead of Mike Leach, but he will visit RU. What's really interesting is that (our new public enemy #1?) Al Golden wants Malleck after showing no interest in Jack Tabb.

Speaking of Miami and McEvoy, they're really casting a wide net for QBs and are now in contact. Apparently McEvoy could decide to commit somewhere before taking his Rutgers visit (although he certainly knows the program already with his brother Colin a walk-on here).

NJ ATH BIll Belton will visit PSU.

NJ TE/DE Shilique Calhoun is off to a strong start on the basketball court.

PA OL/DT Delvon Simmons is announcing next week, and he's not coming here.

Don Bosco has another top prospect for 2012 in DB Yuri Wright.

Rutgers is the first to offer '12 FL DB Sam Green.

After a long round of good news, one less positive development is that Charlie Weis is bringing in Frank Verducci (who spent 2010 scouting for the Rams) as Florida's new OC. Verducci, while not a very good positional coach, should more than replace Steve Addazio's recruiting prowess. Damn.

Needless to say, Randy Edsall leaving UConn isn't a big deal because no one's really heard of their commits anyway. (Which is not intended as a pejorative against their ability, but every year their classes consisted almost entirely of unknown commodities.) They're likely to stay in place if the new guy will have them barring Maryland poaching. Former WVU RB coach Chris Beatty (who has a lot of connections in the Tidewater, VA) area would make a good hire for him, although Beatty and other WVU assistants have been linked to Vanderbilt.

I didn't know anything about FL LB Keith Lewis besides State of Rutgers listing him as holding an offer; he committed to Ole Miss.

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.

Ronald "Duke" Baines, Paul-Michael Barrows, Giovani Francois, and Ramy Kased.