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Rutgers football recruiting update for the week of 4/12

Committed Players

Multiple '11 signees attended Saturday's practice.

Uncommitted Players

NJ ATH Davon Jacobs on his planned visits:

"I’m going to Rutgers, UConn and BC," said Jacobs. "That’s what I have planned right now. UConn is the 16th, Rutgers is the 30th and I forget about the BC date."

Rutgers is in good position with NJ LB Dan Mastromatteo.

NJ LB Quanzell Lambert picked up an offer from Alabama.


NJ ATH D.J. Singleton visited RU last week.

NJ DL/LB Kaiwan Lewis claims an Auburn offer.

UF offered PA LB Nyeem Wartman. PA TE Colin Thompson is touring schools. RU isn't in the top five for legacy PA OT J.J. Denman.

RU has offered FL RB Jamie Gilmore. USF leads for FL ATH Malik Simmons. FL WR DeAndre Jasper is looking for factory offers. FL OL James Hamilton is looking that way too.

Nada from MD RB Ken Goins.

I'll pretty much link any article taking the SEC to task for oversigning (fair to consider the Stephen Garcia debacle as karma, no?), even if the subject matter feels like a rehashing of year-old mgoblog posts.

Not really understanding why the NCAA's new Willie Lyles-inspired renewed emphasis against paying recruiting services is being interpreted as a shot at sites like Rivals and Scout. Whatever shady stuff may be going on, this is probably an unfair knee jerk reaction that has not been properly thought out. True, athletic departments can't subscribe to them any more, but you can still bet that certain team staffers will still trade info with favored affiliates. This story is a much bigger deal with respect to all the various independent scouting services out there.

Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, whose subscription service does not offer video, said most major colleges don't rely heavily on scouting services such as his or or, but nearly all schools use the services at one time or another.

"Most recruiting services sell the bulk of their stuff to the public," Lemming said. "Colleges use recruiting services such as mine, or or mostly for cross-checking. Because there's always players that fall between the cracks."

Those database functions are still free for the most part. Honestly, sites like Scout and Rivals are more for fans than teams anyway. This will have more of an effect on the services you never really hear about. My gut reaction to the broader ban is that it will probably hurt the ability of prospects to gain recognition, especially outside of their local geographic area. Players can always go on the Combine circuit, and their coach can always send out film, but this will especially hurt options for recruits at smaller schools. Every program will still have no trouble finding guys at the big North Jersey parochials. In that respect this change could "help" Rutgers hide players in-state if they're at smaller schools, and hurt out of state recruiting efforts.

Rutgers was in the top two for NJ DT Jamil Pollard, but unfortunately he committed to PSU. Looks like their staff is back on the recruiting trail after taking last year off in many respects.

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.

Eli Ankou, Falon Batua, Michael BolandDominic Bryan, Da'Quan DavisJon Economou, Jalen Gee, Michael GiaconeDwayne Hoilett, Greg Pyke, and Max Ward.