Northeast Notes

A look at the happenings with commitments, pending announcements, visits and more during the last week in the Northeast.

The weekly spin about the Northeast region, recapping the news from the area.

  • Commitments continued as prospects looked to settle on schools before the start of their training camps, and there were a few big ones, and also a bit of a shocker.

    Douglas High (Upper Marlboro, Md.) receiver Paul Harris, who said less than two weeks earlier he was leaning hard toward USC, announced his commitment to Tennessee. He chose the Vols over the Trojans after talking with his family.

    "Everybody knew I was big on USC," Harris said. "USC was always my dream school, but I cannot get caught up in that hype."

  • Ohio State dipped into Maryland to land speedy receiver Taivon Jacobs of Suitland High (Forestville, Md.), who had nearly 20 offers, including ones from Florida State, Miami and Notre Dame.

  • Cedar Creek Regional High (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) athlete Damon Mitchell decided quarterback was where he wanted to play, and figured Georgia Tech was the best place for him. Mitchell also had offers to play safety, including from Wisconsin, but wanted to play quarterback.

    He will compete to run the Yellowjacket's option offense.

    "(Georgia Tech) doesn't throw a lot because they haven't had that guy who has the ability to throw and run as a combination," Mitchell said. "I feel like I can be that guy."

  • Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) LB Jermaine Carter committed to Maryland on Wednesday, marking the 11th area-prospect to commit to the program.

    "I've been going back and forth between Maryland, ODU, Temple and Colorado but I felt most comfortable with Maryland," he said. "I was just ready to be a Terp."

  • Ebenezer Ogundeko is set to announce on Tuesday at 4 pm EST. The Brooklyn (N.Y.) Thomas Jefferson standout is down to Florida, Syracuse and Notre Dame. He spent three days at Syracuse this week with RB commit Augustus Edwards, and came away more impressed with the Orange.

    "Just finalizing my decision and to see if that's the place for me or not," said Ogundeko on why the trip was longer than originally planned. "Just to spend some time with the players I might be playing with in the future."

  • Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) teammates Dajuan Drennon and Greg Webb will both be at North Carolina this weekend. Webb, a four-star defensive tackle, is committed to Penn State and remains so. He has a lot of family near the Chapel Hill campus and will visit them.

    Drennon, a four-star defensive end, has the Tar Heels in his top five with West Virginia, Kentucky, USC and Notre Dame.

  • Red Bank Regional High (Little Silver, N.J.) defensive end Garrett Sickels said he remains solid in his commitment to Penn State and is looking forward to an August visit for practice before his school begins camp.

    "After that junior day, it was the best decision I could have made," Sickels said.

  • St. John Vianney High (Holmdel, N.J.) receiver Ishmael Hyman said his top three are Rutgers, Georgia and Purdue. The Bulldogs are yet to offer, but Hyman had a strong performance at the "Dawg Night" camp last weekend and is in contention for an offer.

  • William Penn Charter (Philadelphia) safety/receiver Darryl Worley postponed his trip to West Virginia and now will go July 30. He has a top three of West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

  • Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside High four-star running back Taquan Mizzell visited North Carolina, and it made an impression. He had trimmed his list to Virginia, West Virginia and Clemson, but has since put North Carolina on it as he heads toward a decision prior to his senior year.

  • Cranford (N.J.) High safety/linebacker Reggie Green is holding off on naming a top five, but he said he will visit Boston College and Pittsburgh in the coming weeks.

  • Miami is getting a walk-on quarterback in Grant Heyman, who signed with Miami to play baseball. Heyman quarterbacked at Pittsford (N.Y.) Sutherland High and was slated for a post-graduate year at Suffield (Conn.) Academy, but opted to take the baseball route and said he will walk-on with the Hurricanes' football team.

    The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Heyman was an 11th-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in last month's Major League Baseball draft.

  • Northwestern High (Hyattsville, Md.) safety John Johnson is visiting Boston College this weekend, and the Eagles are in good position.

    "BC is the leader right now, but I don't want to commit too early," he said.

  • Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic High running back Roman Clay said he had a top two of Massachusetts and Kent State but was waiting to hear back from several schools, including Connecticut and Pittsburgh, about offers.

  • Oscar Smith High (Chesapeake, Va.) outside linebacker Melvin Vaughn committed to Old Dominion.

    Scout.com's John Garcia Jr. contributed to this report

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