Northeast Notes

Our weekly spin around the northeast region with a recap of the latest commitments, list trimmings and latest happenings in the last seven days.

A weekly tour around of news and notes from around the northeast region.

  • It came as zero surprise when the nation's No. 2 cornerback Kendall Fuller announced he picked Virginia Tech over Clemson. The Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) five-star prospect is the fourth Fuller brother to be Blacksburg-bound.

    Fuller's three brothers – Kyle, Corey and Vincent – either play for the Hokies or played for them.

  • It was a huge week in the region for West Virginia, and it began with a Monday commitment by William Penn Charter High (Philadelphia) athlete Daryl Worley.

    Worley visited the campus for two days, and by the time he left made his decision. It still has to be determined whether Worley plays safety or receiver.

  • Daikiel Shorts of Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) made for a memorable Monday for the Mountaineers as he committed late Monday.

    Shorts will play receiver at West Virginia, and made an unofficial visit there with teammate Wendell Smallwood, a running back who has the Mountaineers high on his list.

  • It was another active week at Penn State as FOXSportsNEXT was told class of 2012 defensive tackle Brian Gaia would remain with the Nittany Lions.

    Oakcrest High (Mays Landing, N.J.) linebacker Brandon Bell remains committed but has remained virtually quiet about his standing. He said he is slated to visit Penn State on Tuesday and meet with the coaching staff.

  • Penn State commit Zayd Issah, a four-star linebacker from Central Dauphin High (Harrisburg, Pa.), will be on campus Saturday to speak with the staff and learn more about the direction of the program.

  • Council Rock High North (Newtown, Pa.) defensive end Curtis Cothran said he re-affirmed his commitment to Penn State. Cothran added he took some time to think about it but Penn State was where he always wanted to play, and he wants to follow through on that.

  • While Gaia is staying at Penn State, class of 2012 signee Jamil Pollard of West Deptford High (Westville, N.J.) opted to transfer to Rutgers. He is slated to report Sunday and take part in practice Monday.

  • Offensive lineman Moise Larose originally committed to Rutgers in the spring during an unofficial visit, but by the time he arrived at his Maryland home he changed is status to a "soft"verbal.

    On Wednesday, he removed the "soft" part of his commitment and said he will not take visits and is solid to Rutgers. He plans to enroll in January but is still in between schools, with a transfer from Wilde Lake High (Fort Meade, Md.) High to Meade High (Fort Meade).

  • Imhotep High (Philadelphia) four-star running back David Williams said he is down to South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Ohio State and Nebraska.

  • Hermitage High (Richmond, Va.) running back Derrick Green trimmed his list to Auburn, Michigan, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

  • Wilson High (West Lawn, Pa.) linebacker Junior Joseph said he has been talking to Syracuse and Pittsburgh a lot during the summer and he believed the Orange are close to offering. He also is being recruited by Central Michigan, Kent State, Old Dominion and Toledo.

  • Orange (N.J.) High cornerback Jamar Summers earned an offer from Connecticut with his strong performance at camp, and he committed to the Huskies.

    "I like how they use their cornerbacks," Summers said. "I think I fit in well to the defense there."

  • Paul VI High (Haddonfield, N.J.) athlete Zach Grant said Temple's move to the Big East was a big reason why he committed to Temple. He can play running back or defensive back, but it has not been determined where he will play for the Owls.

  • Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) cornerback Eric Church committed to Kent State.

  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Tech defensive end Thomas Plonski accepted a scholarship offer to Villanova.

    "Villanova has everything i was looking for in a school," Plonski said. "They are always competitive in athletics and the coaching staff really made me feel at home. The academics are great and the school is also a comfortable distance away from home."

  • Hand High (Madison, Conn.) linebacker Matt Walsh picked his first offer when Delaware extended one.

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