Passing Camp Recruiting Notes

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- List trimmings, visits, favorites and new offers of dozens of prospects who competed in Saturday's Rutgers Passing Camp.

Rutgers held its 7-on-7 passing camp Saturday, and it brought 78 teams to campus with prospects from across the region. Here is an update on the recruitment of many of the top prospects who attended.

  • Manalapan High (Englishtown, N.J.) Scout 300 receiver Saeed Blacknall continues to list LSU as his top school followed by Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida State and Ohio State.

    Blacknall will be at LSU on July 14 and visit Alabama right after it. He still plans on make a trip to the other three schools, but he does not have a date for those trips.

    The Rutgers coaches spent time speaking with Blacknall after the camp.

    "It gets me thinking a little but things are the same," he said.

  • Liberty High (Bethlehem, Pa.) receiver K.J. Williams remained focused on Syracuse and Michigan, according to his coach, Dave Brown.

    "I think there is a lot of comfort with Syracuse with his cousin (A.J. Long) going there," Brown said. "I know Michigan is a place he just loved. He could make his decision tomorrow and it wouldn't surprise me."

  • DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) receiver Cameron Phillips has a top five.

    "I've cut my list and it's Rutgers, West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin," Phillips said. "I'm taking visits to those schools this month and next month."

  • DeMatha Catholic quarterback John Lovett returned from a mid-week camp experience at Wisconsin where he opened some eyes.

    "I threw well, actually," Lovett said. "(Offensive coordinator Andy) Ludwig didn't know who I was and he sat down with me after camp and I really impressed him and they really like me."

    Lovett said he is also hearing plenty from Cincinnati, Wake Forest and Indiana.

  • DeMatha Catholic receiver Chris Jones is making visits but is yet to trim his list. He is spending Sunday on Rutgers' campus and will visit Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska this summer.

    "I'm interested to see what those schools have to offer," he said. "I'm still interested in all the schools. I'm still checking everything out."

    He is getting strong interest from Rutgers as well.

  • DeMatha Catholic defensive end Deonte Holden added plenty of offers in the spring and has more than a dozen offers. He's 6-foot-4, 220-pounds

    "I don't have any favorites but there are two schools showing me a lot interest," Holden said. "That's Iowa and N.C. State."

  • DeMatha Catholic offensive tackle Brock Ruble was there to watch his team compete and he said he will visit Ohio State, which recently offered, this summer but he is yet to cut his list. He is going to Virginia and Maryland for visits when his team camps there, but he is yet to trim his extensive offer list..

    "I'm getting with my family and thinking things over," he said. "We're not rushing through the process. We're thinking things through."

    Ruble added he wants to decide before the season but will not rush it.

  • DeMatha Catholic linebacker JaWhaun Bentley is making an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Sunday, and he performed well and showed he can move in space during the 7-on-7 event. He says a few schools are showing him the most interest.

    "Iowa, Maryland, of course Rutgers, West Virginia and a few others," Bentley said. "I like other schools as well. I like Pittsburgh."

  • Four-star safety Kiy Hester named Rutgers as his leader and said he could decide within a month. Hester, who transferred back to DePaul Catholic High (Wayne, N.J.) from St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High, still has seven schools in consideration.

    "Rutgers is obviously my leader right now," Hester said. "I have a good relationship with the coaches and they interact with me all the time. I know a lot of kids from Rutgers, kids that play other sports or friends from school or anything. I know I can fit right in with the people. My parents can come see me play and my family and friends."

    Hester also has Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Virginia on his list.

  • Harrisburg (Pa.) High running back Robert Martin, who committed to Rutgers last week, said he has taken to social media to help build the 2014 class.

    "I hit up (fullback) Jacob Kraut, saying we needed him to play for Rutgers," said Martin, who is 6-1, 195 pounds. "When he committed, I texted him and told him congratulations and what I'm looking to build. I'm looking to build a dynasty."

  • Rutgers commit David Njoku, a receiver from Cedar Grove (N.J.) High, said he is solid with the Scarlet Knights despite other schools still calling him.

    "They're always knocking on my door," he said. "I'm friendly, but I don't give in."

  • East Orange (N.J.) High linebacker Khazin Daniels recently camped at Temple and performed well. He said the Owls are waiting are his latest SAT score before offering.

  • Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) offensive lineman Jamie Herr did not participate in camp activities but was on campus for an unofficial visit. Herr left the visit with Rutgers as his leader and could meet with his coach, Dwayne Thomas, as early as Sunday to discuss a decision. Herr is also considering West Virginia and Tennessee.

    "[Rutgers was] my first offer, so that's something that's still really big," Herr said. "I saw a lot of things that I didn't see before. Touring the campus was probably my favorite part. I had heard a lot about how it was sort of scattered, but I liked it a lot when I looked around. It wasn't so bad with everything spread out."

  • Four-star tight end Garrett Dickerson of Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) announced his top three of Stanford, Michigan and Northwestern during the week, and things stayed the same. He is yet to set any return visits to those campuses.

  • Montclair High (N.J.) defensive end Darius Slade plans to visit Rutgers, Michigan State and West Virginia before a targeted August decision. Slade's most recent offer came from Kansas, where he is also considering a visit.

    "I like that they're also recruiting [teammate Austin Stevens]," Slade said. "It's a good school academically and Charlie Weis is a great coach."

  • Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) tight end Tim Sweeney camped at Boston College during the week and earned an offer.

    "It's huge," he said. "Boston College has such a good reputation academic-wise and football-wise. It's a great place to be."

    Lafayette and Delaware also offered Sweeney, who is also speaking with Virginia, Miami and Rutgers.

  • St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) running back Jonathan Hilliman recently returned from an Ohio State visit and will see all six of his final choices this summer. Hilliman said his next visit will be to Rutgers.

    "I really like what coach [Urban] Meyer is doing and I think Ohio State could be a great place for me," Hilliman said. "My visit there was definitely a good one."

    Hilliman is also considering Michigan, Miami, Vanderbilt and Alabama.

  • Toms River (N.J.) South High's Darius Hart is being recruited as a linebacker/h-back and has offers from Massachusetts and Monmouth.

    "I have Rutgers, Michigan State, UConn, Syracuse looking at me," Hart said.

  • Toms River South safety Otis Kearney picked up an offer from Michigan State and is visiting campus July 26. He is also planning trips to Old Dominion and Villanova and has offers from Buffalo, Old Dominion and Monmouth.

  • Temple quarterback commit Frank Nutile helped lead Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) to victory in the competitive 7-on-7 portion of the camp.

  • A day after committing to Iowa, Jameer Outsey of Franklin High (Somerset, N.J.) participated in the event as an outside linebacker. He is yet to visit Iowa, but said he plans on going this summer. He was recruited to play outside linebacker for the Hawkeyes.

  • DePaul (Wayne, N.J.) defensive end Justin Nelson continues to hear from Miami but said he remains "100 percent committed to Rutgers."

  • St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) class of 2015 cornerback John Reid said camp experiences at Rutgers and Penn State stand out as memorable and that he has great relationships with both coaching staffs. The standout corner had dozens of programs see him and discuss offers during the spring evaluation period, but he is not taking them too seriously until the contact period begins for 2015 prospects in August.

  • Class of 2015 New Canaan (Conn.) High outside linebacker/tight end Zach Allen is hearing from Army, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia and a few of the Ivy League schools. He is set to camp with his team at Rutgers this week as well.

  • Barnegat (N.J.) High class of 2015 quarterback Cinjun Erskine added offers from UMass and Miami in the spring, but the one from the ‘Canes is interesting in that it is for athlete.

    "They offered me as a quarterback but also gave me the heads up I could wind up playing defense," he said. "It's just great to have two offers under my belt and not worry about it."

    Erskine actually spent time at quarterback and safety during the 7-on-7.

  • Class of 2015 running back Juwan Dolbrice of Linden (N.J.) High said he is hearing from Penn State, Temple and Rutgers. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is coming off a sophomore season in which he ran for 1,020 yards.

  • Paul VI High (Haddonfield, N.J.) receiver Irvin Charles recently added an offer from Old Dominion to go with ones from UMass, Rutgers and Temple. He also made a recent visit to Penn State and is getting interest from Kansas, Alabama, Oregon, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

  • Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) class 2016 quarterback Jarrett Guarantano is a Rutgers legacy and holds a verbal offer from the Scarlet Knights. Guarantano recently camped at Penn State and said he is getting a lot of interest from Alabama.

    "I actually grew up watching Penn State football, so I'm pretty excited about them," he said. "I really like what I've seen from Penn State."

  • Cedar Creek (N.J.) 2016 athlete Amir Mitchell checks in at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and worked out for more than 10 schools during the spring evaluation period. Mitchell is the younger brother of Damon Mitchell, who signed to play quarterback at Arkansas.

  • Class of 2016 reciever Tino Ellis of DeMatha Catholic has torn it up during the combine and camp circuit and his latest offer came from Rutgers after the event, per his coach, Elijah Brooks.

    FOXSportsNEXT's Sam Hellman contributed to this report


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