New Jersey/Delaware Top Uncommitted Prospects
The high school football playoffs are underway in New Jersey and Delaware and the recruiting season is heating up for the remaining uncommitted players from the bordering states. FOXSportsNEXT is taking a state-by-state look at the top uncommitted prospects in the Northeast region, and the tour continues in New Jersey and Delaware. Muhammad Alquadin Muhammad Position: Defensive end School: Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey Height: 6-4 Weight: 230 Official visits: TBD Skinny: Like every prospect at Don Bosco Prep, not much gets out about the plans of Muhammad, a four-star prospect with incredible ability. He is long and athletic, able to drop into coverage and get up the field to rush the passer. He also can run plays down from behind, and his ability to play out-side linebacker in a 3-4 defense is what has a school like Notre Dame high on his list. It also helps the Irish that former teammate and close friend, Elijah Shumate, is a freshman playing at Notre Dame and selling the virtues of the program to Muhammad. The Irish are the front runner, but Rutgers is a strong contender as well, and the move to the Big Ten is huge because it will allow Muhammad to compete in one of the top leagues in the nation and have access to the playoff system. It helps the Scarlet Knights have several of Muhammad's former teammates – Gary Nova, Darius Hamilton and Leonte Carroo – on their roster, and Muhammad is very close with Hamilton. Alabama is also involved, but at this point the Crimson Tide does not appear to be as high on his list. Knighton Hunter Knighton Position: Offensive tackle/defensive end School: The Hun School, Princeton Height: 6-6 Weight: 260 Official visits: Boston College (Sept. 8), Boise State (Nov. 16), Purdue (Nov. 23), West Virginia (Dec. 1), Miami (Dec. 8) Skinny: Knighton is an interesting prospect because he is being recruited by Purdue and Boise State as a defensive end and Boston College, West Virginia and Miami as a defensive end. He has cooled on Boston College because of the coaching situation, but that could change. He has had the longest relationship with the Purdue staff, and his visit this weekend could be pivotal in this recruitment. West Virginia has been hot and cool with its recruitment, and he is yet to see just how much the Mountaineers want him. That should come during his official visit for the Kansas game. Miami is also intriguing because it is his last visit and he connected very well with offensive line coach Art Kehoe during a summer camp experience. If the Canes put on a hard sell, Knighton will be hard-pressed to leave campus without making a decision. But how the recent decision to forgo a bowl game for the second straight year under the NCAA investigation cloud could be a factor. Jeune Ricky Jeune Position: Receiver School: St. Joseph-Montvale High, Montvale Height: 6-2 Weight: 180 Official visits: TBD Skinny: Jeune is a big receiver with above average hands, and he can block well. He needs to improve his speed but he is a very good route runner and plays tough. He has not set any visits yet, mostly because his team is expected to make a deep run in the state playoffs, but he is talking the most to Georgia Tech (no offer) and Purdue. Kansas State and East Carolina also offered, but at this point there is not much contact with those two schools. Hyman Ishmael Hyman Position: Receiver School: St. John Vianney High, Holmdel Height: 6-0 Weight: 170 Official visits: Old Dominion (Oct. 20), Kansas (Dec. 7), Purdue (TBD) Skinny: Hyman loved his visit to ODU, which is where a few New Jersey players are on the roster and enjoying the experience. Kansas coach Charlie Weis is a New Jersey native, which is why the Jayhawks are recruiting Hyman and the connection to the Jersey Shore. Purdue is also talking to Hyman plenty, and an official visit is in the works, but nothing is set yet. If he has a good trip to Kansas, though, it would put the Jayhawks in very good position. Patton Andre Patton Position: Receiver School: Middletown High, Middletown Height: 6-3 Weight: 200 Official visits: TBD Skinny: Patton is looking at Rutgers hard, and the move to the Big Ten helps markedly. He fits into the offensive system as a big-framed receiver who can block and is tough to cover and tackle 1-on-1. He was going to make an official visit Dec. 7-9, but it looks like that will be pushed back into January. However, Patton is slated to visit campus for the Nov. 29 game against Louisville, which could be for a BCS berth. Patton has long liked West Virginia as well, but contact between the two has been sporadic, at best, although he is toying with the idea of making an unofficial visit to campus for the Dec. 1 game against Kansas. Another school showing Patton plenty of interest is Purdue, but an official visit there is yet to be worked out.