Northeast Notes

The work week is coming to a close so it means it is time to catch up on anything you may have missed from the region with updates on two dozen prospects in this edition of Northeast Notes.

The weekly spin around the northeast with the latest happenings from the last seven days.

  • Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) five-star cornerback Kendall Fuller will be visiting Virginia Tech on Saturday, and will be making a trek to Clemson on July 20. He is favoring the Hokies and Tigers over Michigan as he closes in a decision.

  • Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers learned he landed a USC offer and acted on it quickly, committing to the Trojans and joining teammates Kenny Bigelow, a five-star defensive tackle, and quarterback David Sills of the 2015 class as USC commits at ECA.

    Rodgers said he is heading to USC to play guard.

  • Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) running back Zaire Williams put an end to his recruitment by committing to West Virginia. It ended an active few months in which Williams transferred from Cherokee High (Marlton, N.J.) with no offers and very little interest to getting double digit offers, including from the Mountaineers, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pittsburgh.

  • Tottenville High (Staten Island, NY.) running back Augustus Edwards chose Syracuse over Virginia, North Carolina State and Maryland and made the announcement during a ceremony at his school.

  • Temple continued to bring in talent from South Jersey when Camden Catholic High running back Jarred Alwan gave the Owls a non-binding oral commitment.

  • Connecticut picked up a verbal commitment from Folorunso Fatukasi. The Rockaway Park (N.Y.) Beach Channel defensive tackle earned the UConn offer at camp, and pledged shortly after.

    "They play in bowl games, they're division I, they're on TV almost every week," he said. "I looked at it like, ‘honestly what's not to like."

  • St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) linebacker/defensive lineman Shane Huber became the third player from New Jersey in two weeks to commit to Massachusetts as coach Charley Molnar, who recruited the area while an assistant at Notre Dame, continues to recruit the area hard.

  • Brentwood High (Pittsburgh) tight end Michael Kish wanted to make a decision before his senior season, and did so when he verbally committed to Akron.

    "I loved the campus and it's close to home," Kish said. "They were also the first to offer."

  • Bishop McDevitt High (Harrisburg, Pa.) receiver Brian Lemelle said he is yet to trim his list but he is hearing the most from Penn State, Iowa, Rutgers, Nebraska, West Virginia, Boston College, Cincinnati and Virginia.

    "They're all pretty much staying in the race," he said. "I haven't been able to go see every school, so I'm not going (eliminate) any school I haven't seen."

    Lemelle visited Virginia, West Virginia and Penn State, and is set to see Cincinnati later this month. He said he hopes to make a decision before the season, but wouldn't rule out making official visits.

  • Wilde Lake High (Fort Meade, Md.) offensive tackle Moise Larose said he still considers himself a "soft commit" to Rutgers, but scheduling issues and a desire to prove to schools his value during his senior season are keeping him from making it a solid commitment.

    Larose said he wants to visit other schools, including Maryland, North Carolina, East Carolina and Boston College, but said he expects to wind up at Rutgers.

  • Auburn commit Tashawn Bower, a defensive end out of Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) saw his stock rise with a strong performance at The Opening. He was upgraded to a four-star prospect and moved to the No. 22 defensive end in the nation.

  • Thomas Jefferson High (Brooklyn) defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko will announce July 24 at 11:45 a.m. at the MSG Varsity studios, and then will hold an announcement ceremony at Brooklyn's Aviator Sports complex, which is where he works out.

    Ogundeko is down to Syracuse, Florida and Notre Dame, and said he would prefer to play in a 3-4 defense, which Florida and Notre Dame employ.

  • Hermitage High (Richmond, Va.) four-star running back Derrick Green continued to add to his impressive offer list when Georgia extended one. That comes a week after he listed Tennessee, Michigan, Oregon, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Clemson, Alabama, Miami, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma as schools in the running.

  • McDonough High (Pomfret, Md.) offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers was on the west coast visiting family and visited Washington, UCLA and USC. He picked up a UCLA offer during the trip.

  • Bayside High (Virginia Beach, Va.) running back Taquan Mizzell trimmed his list Virginia, West Virginia, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

  • Timber Creek Regional High four-star defensive end Dajaun Drennon said he is looking at North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, USC, Notre Dame and Texas, where he was slated to visit last weekend but a change in his schedule precluded it from happening.

    However, Texas remains interested and Drennon said he wants to give the Longhorns a look. He plans on making official visits before he decides, but he is yet to schedule any.

  • Staying at Timber Creek, Penn State commit and four-star defensive tackle Greg Webb said he doesn't plan on returning from a torn ACL until late in the season, possibly waiting until the playoffs.

    However, after thinking about taking a few visits, he said he was solid to Penn State and would not be visiting anywhere else.

  • Former Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln standout and current ASA Junior College defensive tackle Wayne Williams has been rated as a three-star on FOX Sports NEXT. The Syracuse commit is already thinking of taking the next step in his game. "I've got to showcase my talents some more," he said upon hearing the news.

  • Fellow ASA player Leon Brown, formally of Riverdale (Md.) Parkdale High, has also seen a ratings boost. The Alabama verbal pledge is now a four-star on the network.

  • Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney receiver Ishmael Hyman is attending Dawg Night at the Georgia, where he is being looked at as either a cornerback or a receiver.

  • The plan for Brooklyn (N.Y.) Xaverian RB Laray Smith is to visit Syracuse and Oregon "soon," though dates are not yet set. The three-star has taken time off of recruiting because of a family matter.

  • Tight end/middle linebacker Tyler Burke, a class of 2014 prospect out of Coatesville (Pa.) High, is being recruited for both positions. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder camped at Maryland and Rutgers and has offers from Maryland, North Carolina State and Temple.

    FOXSportsNEXT reporters John Garcia Jr. and Kristen Kenney contributed to this report


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