East Region Notebook

A look around the East Region and what is happening with commitments, announcements, offers and more, involving prospects from the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes.

An update with the latest goings on in the East Region.

  • The last Scout300 for the 2013 class was released, and there was quite the movement in the region, beginning with the region now possessing the top running back in the class.

    Derrick Green of Hermitage High (Richmond, Va.) is now the No. 1 running back and No. 6 player in the class and he is announcing Jan. 26 during a 4 p.m. ceremony near his home.

    "It's definitely a great feeling for y'all to rank me No.1," Green said. "It definitely feels good. It's a blessing and an honor."

    Green is considering Michigan, Auburn, Miami, Ole Miss, Oregon and Tennessee.

  • The region picked up two new five stars in Fork Union (Va.) High quarterback and Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg, who is now the No. 2 quarterback in the nation, and Stone Bridge High (Ashburn, Va.) defensive end and Alabama commit Jonathan Allen, who is now the No. 3 defensive end the country.

    Also, Woodbury (N.J.) High cornerback Anthony Averett, who is committed to Alabama, was elevated to a four-star status.

  • Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) four-star defensive end Tashawn Bower, who remains committed to Auburn, began a string of four visits in four weekends with a weekend visit to Florida State. He also has Florida, LSU and an unofficial trip to Auburn on his schedule.

    "It definitely gets me thinking a lot more about Florida State," the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Bower said. "It definitely was an awesome visit, but I still want to visit all these schools and give them a fair chance, too, before I go in and say ‘This is where I want to be.' I want to make sure every official I take, I get to enjoy it like I did on this one and have the chance to digest it."

  • McDonough High (Pomfret, Md.) offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers

    is scheduled to visit South Carolina this coming weekend, and Florida State the following weekend, according to his coach, Luke Etherington. Rodgers is also considering Maryland and Washington, but South Carolina has been his long-time leader.

  • West Catholic High (Philadelphia) offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith will chose between Pittsburgh and Virginia during a 2:45p.m. ceremony at his school Tuesday.

  • Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High linebacker Alex Anzalone pulled a last-minute switch, enrolling at Florida a few days before he was supposed to enroll at Notre Dame.

    "Whoever knows me personally knows why I picked the University of Florida," Anzalone said via Twitter.

    It shows the third time was the charm for Anzalone, who committed to Ohio State in the spring and then committed to Notre Dame in July. However, his dad went to Florida's medical school and Anzalone made several trips to the Gainesville campus even after his Notre Dame commitment.

  • Plenty of commitments took place, and the week began with George Washington High (Philadelphia) defensive end Justin Moody committing to Pittsburgh.

    "It was really just thinking it over and realizing it was the place for me," Moody said. "That's really what it was on why I made the decision. I got a lot of stress off me. I don't have to be worrying about where I'm going to be going."

  • Georgia Tech picked up a commitment from St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High receiver Ricky Jeune at the end of an official visit. Jeune made 36 catches for 882 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

    "To be honest, it felt like I was home," he said. "From the coaches to the facilities to the players, it felt right. They said I would have a great opportunity to play as a freshman and they want to open (the offense) up a little more."

  • Former Auburn commit Jahmere Irvin-Sills, a cornerback at Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.), named Mississippi State his leader and made an official visit to Starksville, Miss., but left without committing.

    A decision could come in the next few days, or he could take visits to Clemson and Washington.

  • A pair of Syracuse commits – Brighton High (Rochester, N.Y.) linebacker Devan Carter and Tottenville High (Staten Island) running back Augustus Edwards – said they would make official visits to Rutgers Jan. 25.

    Edwards is also planning a Jan. 18 visit to Florida State and a Feb. 1 visit to Miami.

  • Pittsburgh picked up a commitment from former Kent State pledge Terrish Webb, a receiver from Clairton (Pa.) High. Webb saw his stock grow late in the season when he had big games in the playoffs.

    Webb is the third member of Clairton's 2012 class to commit to the Panthers. He joins cornerback Titus Howard and four-star receiver Tyler Boyd.

  • Temple flipped Williamstown (N.J.) High defensive Jullian Taylor from UMass., but the Minutemen were able to get St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) linebacker Shane Huber to re-commit.

    Huber de-committed in late December and Temple and Buffalo both offered, and Maryland and Rutgers were both talking to him as well. However, Huber elected to commit again to UMass.

    "It's the best overall fit for me," Huber said. "I love the staff and the school. We will build the rest (of the program) and the support and game attendance will come."

  • Delaware Valley High (Milford, Pa.) quarterback Bryan Schor committed to Miami, Ohio.

  • Northeast High (Philadelphia) defensive back David Pulliam committed to Eastern Michigan.

  • Defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 class, listed a top five of Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

    "There was no need to keep colleges waiting," said Hand, who plays at Woodbridge (Va.) High. "I haven't been talking to any colleges lately because I've been focusing on school and wrestling. I've had the list in my mind for a while, and I just felt like today was the day to get it off my chest."

    Hand added Ohio State and Notre Dame were close to his top five as well.

  • Bishop Sullivan (Virginia Beach, Va.) four-star receiver Jamil Kamara, a 2014 prospect, said North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia, Michigan, LSU and Tennesee are standing out.

  • Class of 2014 four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor of Edison Friendship (Washington, D.C.) named Notre Dame, Florida and Alabama as his top three programs, and said he is also considering Maryland, Florida State, North Carolina, Clemson, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio State.

  • Millville (N.J.) High defensive tackle Antoine White picked up an offer from Temple.

  • Class of 2015 receiver Jaason Lewis of Ocean Lakes High (Virginia Beach, Va.) is already blowing up on the recruiting scene. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Lewis holds offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion.

  • Penn State offered class of 2016 defensive end Rahshaun Smith of Calvert Hall (Baltimore) and it is one in what will be a long line of them.

    The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Smith already held offers from Boston College, Maryland and Youngstown State, and then picked up another from Connecticut during the weekend.

    FOXSportsNEXT's Michael Clark contributed to this report

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