Pylon 7v7: Recruiting Notebook

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. -- The Pylon 7v7 at Bruin Stadium was the weekend home for elite talent in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes, and compiled a lengthy recruiting notebook on all the doings.

Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep four-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush wants to decide in the summer, but will use the spring evaluation period to see where things stand with a lot of schools.

"I feel like after this open period I will have more options," Wimbush said. "I have Penn State now, Ohio State, Miami, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College, Virginia Tech …those are some of my top schools. No order."

St. Peter's Prep four-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick isn't talking about a trimmed list, but e said a few schools are talking to him the most.

"I'm talking to Alabama, Florida State, South Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia Tech," Fitzpatrick said. "I want to decide in the summer, before the season."

Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes four-star middle linebacker Jahvoni Simmons said recruiting is starting to get "fun" as he talks to a bundle of coaches. He said he remains wide open in recruiting but is looking at making visits. "I definitely want to shoot down to Alabama, see Miami and Ohio State," said Simmons, who was sporting a Clemson hat at the event. "I want to get to Tennessee and also to Clemson."
Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep four-star cornerback John Reid recently made trips to Notre Dame and Michigan State, and he is talking regularly with Alabama. He is trying to set up other visits, and doesn't plan on announcing until after his senior season.

"Right now that's what it seems like unless something happens with these visits and when the schools come in (during the evaluation period)," Reid said. "There are still a lot of schools I have to see. I still like Florida, still like LSU. There are schools I would like to see but I'm not sure it's going to happen. There are some West Coast schools I would like to see."

Hampton (Va.) Phoebus cornerback Robbie Robinson recently picked up two offers from Clemson and PSU. The 5-foot-9. 160-pounder hails from the same schools as former Tigers quarterback Tahj Boyd, and he called Clemson his "dream offer."

He is also hearing from Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Note Dame. Robinson said he could pick up offers from both the Badgers and the Buckeyes once the open period starts again. With two years of high school football left, Robinson said he isn't ready to claim any favorites and he is staying open to the process.

Upper Marlboro (Md.) Dr. Henry Wise 2015 tight end/ defensive end Trevor Brown played in the Pylon 7v7 over the weekend in New Jersey. The 6-5, 260-pounder has been hearing from Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos, and he stopped to check out the campus on his way up to the event.

Brown didn't pick up an offer from during his visit, but the experience helped move the Scarlet Knights to the top of Brown's list. He also plans to attend Maryland's spring game on Friday (April 11) before visiting Temple (April 12).

Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep defensive end Jordan Fox has been talking to Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Georgia, Nebraska, Rutgers and Miami. He kept busy this spring visiting college campuses, including Rutgers, where he will be this weekend. He hopes to get to Virginia Tech in the near future as well.

The 6-foot-2, 215 pounder has already been to Boston College, Penn State, and Virginia, and his experience in Charlottesville left a positive impression. He said Virginia was definitely a standout visit for him and his family.

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus athlete Alex Badine he is hearing from Maryland, Villanova, and Syracuse and Rutgers. The 5- 9, 163-pounder is being recruited as a cornerback and he recently visited Maryland. Badine said will be back in College Park on April 11 for the Terps' spring game.

Tyler DeSue has yet to take a snap of high school football, but he already has his first offer from Virginia. The eighth grader is expected to be a big time prospect, who will be a freshman at Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) in the fall, so the Cavaliers made sure to get in early.

Apparently, Virgina's eagerness to pull the trigger has paid off.

"They showed respect to me early so I have to give them props for seeing something in me so early," DeSue said. "It means a lot."

DeSue visited Clemosn for the Tigers' spring game, and his uncle, Tony DeSue, played at Clemson in the early 90's. The young gunslinger said he was impressed with his experience at Clemson and hopes to continue to hear from them throughout his recruiting process.

Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes 2016 cornerback Levonta Taylor has double-digit offers, but he said Miami is the school he has been hearing from the most. The 5-10, 172-pounder said he plans to visit Tennessee at some point before checking out Miami, Florida State, and Florida later this summer.

Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside defensive back Jamez Brickhouse holds offers from Wisconsin, Virginia, and Duke among others, although he said he hears from the Old Dominion and Wisconsin staffs more than the others. The 5- 9, 162-pounder added he has a good relationship with Badgers recruiter Chris Beatty, and he relates well to him.

Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes safety Jahque Alleyne , who holds offers from West Virginia and Kentucky among others, said he is hearing from both staffs frequently and he will Kentucky on April 18. Allen said he has been hearing from Penn State, Virginia, Illinois, and Tennessee, with Tennessee and Illinois, expressing the most interest.

Rideway (Va.) Magna Vista 2016 safety Traveon Redd said he has been hearing from Michigan State, North Carolina State, and Duke. Redd recently visited Duke and was blown away by the academic and athletic opportunities. He said he hopes to visit N.C. State in the next week, and the Spartans will stop by to see him workout during the evaluation period.

Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes wide receiver Quincy Watts has a hand full of offers from schools such as, Duke, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia, and he may already have his mind made up about where he wants to go.

"I want to make my decision now, but my mom told me I have to wait, so I am going to wait because I am not trying to get in trouble with my mom," he said.

While Watts remained tight-lipped, he spoke highly of Tennessee and WVU programs.

Washington (D.C.) St. John's defensive back William Jackson is a sleeping giant at the WCAC powerhouse. At first glance, the most noticeable thing about Jackson is his size. At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, the junior has the size and frame to play a variety of positions in the secondary.

However he missed a number of games last season and he is starting the recruiting process a bit later than most. Still, Jackson said Maryland, Clemson, and Georgia all expressed interest


Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh defensive back Kareem Montgomery has been hearing from the Maryland staff frequently during the past several weeks. If Montgomery picks up an offer from his hometown team, he said he would definitely consider committing on the spot. He has also been hearing from Cincinnati, as well as a number of Ivy League schools.

Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga quarterback Nick Johns visited N.C. State and North Carolina last week, and he has another busy week ahead.

The 6- 3, 220-pounder will visit Virginia again on today, before heading up to his father's alma mater Penn State for the Blue-White game on Saturday (April 12). Johns said an offer from Penn State would be a "game-changer," but otherwise Maryland, Virginia, and N.C. State are in an even race for his service.

Philadelphia Imhotep class of 2016 tight end Naseir Upshur picked up a Rutgers during a visit to campus after the first day of the event to go with offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Temple, and he recently visited Penn State.

"I talk to Arizona State a lot," said Upshur, who will visit the Tempe, Ariz., campus later this month.

Rockville (Md.) Wootton wide receiver Trevon Diggs continues to pick up offers, and he said a few schools are starting to stand out. The 6-1, 175-pounder does not seem keen on following his brother, Stefon Diggs, to College Park, but there are a few other schools beginning to stand out.

Diggs said his dream schools would be either USC or Georgia, and he recently checked out Athens, as well as Clemson, during his spring break. Diggs said he will attend spring games at both Maryland (April 11) and Penn State (April 12).

Bear (Del.) Caravel Academy athlete Darnell Savage, who tore is ACL in the fall, is back in action but his recruiting slowed down because of it, but he still holds offers from Maryland and Temple.

He visited Rutgers, Penn State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Temple, and said, "I like Maryland …and even after the tough injury they stuck with me."

Wilmington (Del.) Dupont athlete Quadree Henderson visited Rutgers on his way to the event and holds offers from the Scarlet Knights, West Virginia, Nebraska and Ohio.

"Nebraska, we're still trying to get out there," he said. "I was going to go out there with my dad on April 22, but it was (too) expensive)."

Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep cornerback Daivon Ellison recently returned impressed by Penn State's junior day. Ellison is also hearing from west coast schools after a strong game at Mission Viejo as a junior. Ellison will camp at both UCLA and Stanford this summer, but Rutgers and Boston College are on him the hardest as his first two offers.

"That definitely means something [that Rutgers offered first]," said the 5- 9 Ellison. "They were the first ones to believe in me when everybody else didn't, not caring about my height or anything."

Piscataway (N.J.) High safety Isaiah Ross could be close to his first offer with a second Temple visit coming soon. Ross checks in at 6-1, 181-pounds, and will also be visiting nearby Rutgers for a spring practice where former teammate Nadir Barnwell started as a true freshman.

"Temple told me they should be offering very soon," he said. "I spoke with [assistant] coach [Ed] Foley and he said he would make sure they have one for me when I go back for a visit."

Class of 2016 quarterback Devonte Williams of Potomac (Md.) The Bullis School already has offers from SMU and Arizona State.

"My former coach sent my highlights to a couple colleges and SMU was the first to respond back," Williams said. "I'll never forget it. I'm grateful for it."

Coatesville (Pa.) High tight end/defensive end Amir Ealey added Rutgers to his list of offers that include Virginia, Connecticut, Syracuse and Virginia.

"Virginia was amazing. I really liked he campus," Ealey said. "Virginia is my leader. I have Syracuse No. 2."

Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute 2016 outside linebacker Jamir Jones, the brother of Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones, already holds an Old Dominion offer and visited Rutgers and Syracuse.

"I went on a lot of visits with my brother," Jones said. "Right now I'm just focused on school."

West Virginia and Buffalo are showing the most active interest in Mullica Hill (N.J.) Clearview linebacker Sterling Sheffield. Sheffield will camp at both this summer and Rutgers as well, where he recently attended junior day.

"Right now they just want to see me get faster," Sheffield said on Rutgers. "West Virginia is the same. They want me to come run a 4.6 at their camp and they will offer. Rutgers wants to see me go to their camp and work with their new linebackers coach. He likes me."

Woodbury (N.J.) athlete Troy Shorts will camp at Penn State this summer after loving a recent junior day experience. Shorts is the cousin of West Virginia rising sophomore Daikiel Shorts with the Mountaineers also showing interest.

"Penn State was great," Shorts said. "I saw them in a whole different perspective. My dad and my grandma actually went there. There's so much energy and excitement since coach Franklin is up there."

Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep running back Olimade Zaccheus continues to hold offers from Temple, Pittsburgh and Miami, and he visited Maryland and Penn State.

"I'm talking to a mixture of schools," he said. "UConn, Pittt Maryland, Delaware a little bit and also Minnesota."

He also plans on visiting Duke for a camp.

Philadelphia Imhotep receiver D.J. Moore speaks the most with Buffalo, Western Michigan, both of whom offered, as well as Rutgers, Virginia and Northwestern. He visited Rutgers, Buffalo and UMass and will visit Temple on April 14.

"I'm also hoping to visit Virginia," said Moore, who said UVa offered.

Dover (Del.) High cornerback Laquan Moody visited Rutgers Saturday before taking the field for his Pylon 7-on-7 weekend.

"I liked it a lot," he said. "I saw a lot of Rutgers, and it's a program that I could be great. I watched their DBs a lot at the scrimmage though. I think I have to bulk up a little bit. They want me at their one-day camp."

Bellemore (N.Y.) Mepham quarterback Tyler Davis is up to three offers -- Old Dominion, Monmouth and Bucknell. He visited for a junior day at Bucknell Saturday to meet head coach Joe Susan and missed the first portion of 7-on-7 because of it. Davis also has multiple Rutgers visits taken this spring.

"It's been a very humbling experience," Davis said. "Every offer I get shows how blessed I really am and how hard I've worked to earn it. It's a really exciting process."

Rutgers and Penn State hosted Philadelphia Imhotep Charter linebacker Shaquille Jones on unofficial visits this spring.

"I liked Penn State a lot," Jones said. "I was out there for their spring practice, and I liked how the coaches interacted with the players a lot. They've been talking to me a lot."

Class of 2016 quarterback Todd LaRocca took home MVP honors and plans to transfer to Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearney at the end of the school year. LaRocca will camp at nearby Syracuse this summer in hopes of earning his first offer.

"I love Syracuse," he said. "The coaches are great. They've been great with me, so hopefully I'll be able to earn the opportunity to play for them some day."

Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep running back DeAndre Swift is a name to keep in mind for the 2017 class, and he picked up his FBS first offer when he left the Pylon and went to Rutgers on Saturday. He previously had offers from Delaware and Villanova.

Swift visited Ohio State with his team last year and said he will go with St. Joseph's Prep to visit Michigan this summer.

Piscataway (N.J.) High class of 2017 linebacker Elijah Barnwell picked up his first offer last month from Rutgers, which plays five minutes from the high school and is home to his brother, cornerback Nadir Barnwell. "I like Rutgers a lot," he said. "I like the coaches there." Penn State, Syracuse and Massachusetts are also showing early interest in Barnwell.

Avon (Conn.) Old Farms quarterback Jacob Hallenbeck will be a name to watch in the class of 2017, where he plans to reclassify. Hallenbeck is the quarterback for four-star tight end Chris Clark. Hallenbeck has early interest from many of the schools involved in Clark's recruitment, including North Carolina, Wake Forest and Tennessee.'s Rachel Klein and Sam Hellman contributed

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