Northeast Notes: 'Tis the Month to Commit

Northeast Notes returns for a swing around the region, with updates on the announcement dates of Khaliel Rodgers, Augustus Edwards and Ebenezer Ogundeko and recaps of dozens of commitments.

Folks, travel and jury duty kept "Northeast Notes" from happening last week, so this session updates the last two weeks, and there is plenty to update because ‘tis the season to commit:


  • Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) center Khaliel Rodgers decided to delay his announcement, saying he didn't want to rush anything.

    The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Rodgers was going to announce June 30 and had Auburn, Connecticut, Ole Miss, Ohio State, UCLA and West Virginia on his list. However, he said he will wait to make a decision.

    "I pushed it back," he said. "(It will be) whenever it feels good."

  • Thomas Jefferson High (Brooklyn) defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko said he will announce July 20 and it will be between Florida, Notre Dame and Syracuse.

  • A few high-profile commitments took place and Maryland was king of region with six commitments, including a pair of four-star prospects.

    It started with four-star offensive tackle Derwin Gray of Edison Friendship Charter (Washington, D.C.) committing, and teammates Cavon Walker (OLB) and four-star middle linebacker Yannick Ngakoue each committed within 24 hours.

    Running back Deandre Lane of Catonsville High (Baltimore), defensive end Michael Williams of Archbishop Spaulding (Severn, Md.) and athlete Richy Anderson of Gov. Thomas Johnson (Frederick, Md.) all followed suit this week.

  • Penn State added an important middle linebacker commit in Brandon Bell of Oakcrest High (Mays Landing, N.J.), who chose the Nittany Lions a few days after visiting Rutgers.

  • Nittany Lions commit and Fork Union (Va.) High quarterback Christian Hackenberg was selected to perform in the Elite 11 finals this summer in southern California.

  • Newark (N.J.) Shabazz High linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton picked up an offer from Arizona State and camped at Penn State, but did not make a decision and said he still wanted to see other schools before ending his recruitment.

  • Linebacker Marcus Newby of Quince Orchard High (Gaithersburg, Md.) made visits to Penn State, Nebraska and Oklahoma and said he will visit West Virginia later this month (June 30) and Rutgers and Maryland in July before making a decision.

  • Haverford (Pa.) School linebacker Matt Galambos added a Rutgers offer, which was his fifth. He also has offers from Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple and Yale.

  • Williamstown (N.J.) High linebacker Buddy Brown visited Temple on Friday and had a very good meeting with coach Steve Addazio.

  • Rutgers picked up its quarterback when Holy Trinity High (Hicksville, N.Y.) signal caller Chris Laviano committed. He also held an offer from Boston College.

  • The Scarlet Knights also secured a tight end in the class when Nick Arcidiacono of Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) committed. He played offensive guard and defensive end last season, but will move to tight end to replace Florida signee Colin Thompson in the offense.

  • Rutgers landed Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) High defensive end Eric Wiafe, who committed an hour after getting an offer. He visited campus with his parents and said his recruitment was over following the visit.

  • Pittsburgh scored a big-time commit in four-star running back Corey Clement of Glassboro (N.J.) High. He was on an unofficial visit to campus and didn't plan on committing, but felt so good about the program and the staff he made the decision before leaving.

  • Four-star running back David Williams of Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia) said ten schools were standing out.

    "It's an unofficial top 10," Williams said. "It's Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, South Carolina, Arizona State, California, Tennessee and Nebraska."

  • Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) defensive end Tashawn Bower committed to Auburn, electing to eschew visits to Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State to end the recruiting process.

  • Virginia landed a cornerback Kirk Garner of Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), a decision that seemed destined to happen since it was the only school he visited.

  • Wake Forest went north to add tight end Brendan O'Neil of Buckingham Browne Nichols School (Cambridge, Mass.) to its class.

  • Landing tight ends from the region was en vogue as Connecticut added to its 2013 class when Tommy Myers of Conventy, Conn., committed to the Huskies.

  • West Catholic High (Philadelphia) offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith pushed his offer total to seven with North Carolina State offered. He also holds offers from Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Temple, UCF, Villanova and Virginia.

  • Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) running back Zaire Williams added an offer from Wisconsin and the south Jersey talent said he set an official visit to West Virginia for the season opener against Marshall.

  • Wisconsin was also busy in northern New Jersey as it offered class of 2014 running back Jonathan Hilliman of St. Peter's Prep of Jersey City, N.J.

  • Tottenville High (Staten Island, N.Y.) is nearing a decision after trimming his list to Syracuse, Maryland, North Carolina State and Virginia. He is set to announce July 10.

  • Syracuse picked up a pair of commitments from players in the region when outside linebacker Devan Carter of Brighton High (Rochester, N.Y.) and defensive end Isaiah Johnson of Eastern Christian Academy committed.

    Three of the Orange's seven commitments are from outside of the region.

  • Cheshire (Conn.) Academy linebacker Cory Jasudowich committed to Boston College during his latest visit to campus. He was there a half-dozen times and said he couldn't envision himself anywhere else.

  • Temple continued to mine New Jersey for talent and added two players from the northern part of the state when Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) running back Jihaad Pretlow and Elizabeth (N.J.) quarterback P.J. Walker committed to the Owls. They join Moorestown (N.J.) High offensive lineman Shane Rafter as 2013 commits from the Garden State.

  • Pennington (N.J.) Prep offensive lineman Jordan Page added his second offer when Massachusetts joined Temple in the sweepstakes. Page is hoping to make a decision by the end of the summer.

  • Exeter High (Reading, Pa.) quarterback Kyle Yocum committed to Delaware.


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