As coaches get ready to take much of July off, FOXSportsNEXT takes a look at the top uncommitted players in the state.
Alquadin Muhammad, DE, 6-3, 230, Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey
The top ranked uncommitted player in the state is long and athletic. He sometimes drops into coverage and is explosive off the snap off the ball. He is yet to trim his list nor make visits (outside of Rutgers), but Michigan, Notre Dame and Rutgers are the schools most often mentioned in connection with his name.
Dorian Miller, OL, 6-3, 285, Metuchen High, Metuchen
Miller is a road-grader type of offensive lineman with power and agility. The four-star is listing Rutgers and Tennessee as favorites but he doesn't plan on making a decision until signing day. He also is looking heavily at South Florida, Connecticut and Pittsburgh.
Dajaun Drennon, DE, 6-4, 230, Timber Creek Regional High, Erial
Schools like the combination of Drennon's size, length and athleticism, and could use him as a defensive end in a 4-3, or an outside linebacker in a 3-4. He recently released his top five schools of Notre Dame, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia and USC. He also is getting strong interest from Texas, and is taking a harder look at the Longhorns.
Nadir Barnwell, CB, 5-11, 180, Piscataway High, Piscataway
Barnwell is being looked at as a receiver and cornerback, although his best position will likely be on defense since he has shutdown abilities. He has close to two dozen offers, but said Rutgers, Florida, Penn State and Tennessee are standing out.
Charlie Callinan, WR, 6-4, 200, St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City
The big-framed Callinan could develop into a college tight end, but for now he is being recruited as a receiver. A recent visit to Rutgers raised the Scarlet Knights' stock for Callinan, who also has offers from Temple, UConn, Massachusetts and Boston College. He is also getting interest from Wake Forest and could make a trip there.
Al-Rasheed Benton, LB, 6-2, 230, Malcolm X. Shabazz High, Newark
Benton was a late-comer onto the scene in the spring and makes most of his plays running down hill toward the line of scrimmage. He holds offers from the likes of Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kansas and Maryland, but hasn't made many trips. If a summer visit to Virginia goes well, though, it could mean big things for the Cavaliers.
Hunter Knighton, OL, 6-6, 265, The Hun School, Princeton
Schools are looking at Knighton as a defensive end or offensive tackle, and the versatility is something coaches love. He recently camped at Miami and picked up an offer, and it seemed to push the Hurricanes into the lead. Knighton will graduate early and enroll in January, but he said he will make several official visits before making a decision. Rutgers, Boston College, Northwestern, South Florida and Purdue are also high on his list.
Zaire Williams, RB, 5-11, 200, Timber Creek Regional High, Erial
Williams is a power back who also has the ability to get to the outside, and saw his recruiting flourish after a transfer from Cherokee High (Marlton, N.J.). Williams will announce his decision Monday at 7:30 p.m., and West Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin are under consideration.
Damon Mitchell, QB/S, 6-2, 200, Cedar Creek High, Egg Harbor City
Mitchell only played quarterback for one season (2011), and it took time for take to get out on him, but his offer list certainly is impressive. He said Wisconsin, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Arizona State and Temple are showing the most interest, but Iowa, Purdue and Georgia are also involved. He wants to make official visits, and said Wisconsin, Rutgers and Iowa were in line for ones.
Reggie Green, LB/S, 6-2, 195, Cranford High, Cranford
Green may be caught between linebacker and safety, but successful "tweeners" are becoming more and more successful and valuable on defenses. He was set to release a top five, but decided to pull back and think through the process a bit more. He likes Michigan State, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State.
Ricky Jeune, WR, 6-2, 180, St. Joseph High, Montvale
Jeune is a good route-runner with above average hands, but college recruiters have worried about his speed and the ability to separate. He has an eclectic mix of offers, including Rutgers, Boston College, UConn, East Carolina, Kansas State and Purdue.
Ishmael Hyman, WR, 6-0, 170, St. John Vianney High, Holmdel
Schools love Hyman's speed, but he knows he has to get in the weight room and get stronger. He holds Rutgers in high regard but wants to make a camp visit to Georgia before making a decision. Among his other offers are Boston College, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Massachusetts, Kansas, Purdue, Syracuse and Temple.