NJ/NY NFTC: Recruiting Notebook

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Recruiting news and notes out of Sunday's New York/New Jersey Nike Football Training Camp.

A number of top prospects were in attendance at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp and Scout's Brian Dohn, Sam Hellman, Mike McAllister and Greg Pickel caught up with the athletes to get the latest on their recruitment.

  • Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep four-star cornerback John Reid said he doesn't have any visits set, and will look to make a top five or 10 after the spring evaluation period. And while he isn't planning a lot of visits, he does have a few he would like to take.

    "I want to visit LSU," he said. "I've seen a lot of schools, but I'd like to go out there and see UCLA also."

    He said Miami, Penn State and South Carolina were each in to see him already.

  • Scotch Plains-Fanwood (N.J.) High class of 2016 five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary said his only visit this spring was to Rutgers, a school he knows well. He said he wants to see a few of the schools in the south.

    "A couple of schools that have been on me heavy are Alabama, South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State and Miami," he said. "They want me to come down and see them."

  • Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep four-star Alabama commitment Minkah Fitzpatrick remains solid in his commitment, but says he may take other visits. While he has no specific suitors in mind, he says he remains open to that possibility down the road. That said, it is hard to envision him flipping from the Crimson Tide at this point.

    "I got to spend three days down there with my family," Fitzpatrick said. "I got to see what it's like to actually be a player. I enjoyed it."

  • Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional offensive lineman Tommy Hatton said the schools he is talking to the most are South Carolina, Maryland and Boston College. Each have offered, but there are also a few others that are in contact with him, including Wisconsin.

    "I want to decide by July 4," he said.

  • Penn State had a host of 2015 verbal commitments on hand. Glassboro (N.J.) receiver Juwan Johnson sported a Penn State visor throughout the day while multiple others wore Nittany Lion wristbands. The group, made up of Philadelphia (Pa.) Archbishop Wood tackle Ryan Bates and linebacker Jake Cooper, Suffield (Conn.) safety Jarvis Miller, and Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley end Ryan Buchholz picked out Lawrenceville (N.J.)

    Prep tackle Grant Newsome, Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joe's corner John Reid, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Baldwin tackle Sterling Jenkins, and Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep quarterback Brandon Wimbush as players they are targeting to join the class.

  • Lawrenceville (N.J.) offensive tackle Grant Newsome said he is hearing from Michigan and Penn State the most, and thus the junior is "definitely" planning return trips to both campuses this summer. The four-star said he wants to see the full package at Penn State and let his mother see the campus at Michigan since she couldn't make it when he visited this spring. Newsome said he wants to decide in late June after visiting the Lions and Wolverines in late May or early June, adding he does not plan to announce a top group prior to deciding.

  • Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark recently visited Michigan and Ohio State, and fresh off a Michigan State offer last Monday, the four-star said he has begun informing coaches that he is not interested in their program. Clark said he will visit Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State in June, Tennessee and Georgia later in the summer, with the hopes of reaching a decision "later in the summer."

  • Millburn (N.J.) tight end Jake Pickard has an informal top four of Rutgers, Boston College, Virginia and Nebraska with Penn State starting to show more interest.

    Pickard's most recent visits came to Rutgers and Boston College.

    "They were both pretty great," Pickard said. "I know guys at both schools and the coaches really showed me a lot of attention at both schools. ... The Rutgers coaches were fighting over me at their practice -- defensive end or tight end."

  • Parlin (N.J.) Sayreville War Memorial three-star defensive back Myles Hartsfield lists Penn State as his leader with Rutgers sitting in second. Hartsfield told Scout.com he wants to make a commitment by the end of June.

    "Coach [James] Franklin, him and coach [Kyle] Flood are probably the realest coaches I've ever talked to. They just know how to recruit. [Franklin] is really bringing the livelihood back to Penn State. It was there, but it wasn't where it had to be. He's bringing it back."

  • Syracuse leads for Union City (N.J.) athlete Daiquan Kelly with Rutgers, Virginia and Pittsburgh rounding out his top four.

    "The [Syracuse] coaching staff is great," Kelly said. "I had a good time up there. I enjoyed myself. It was great."

  • Philadelphia (Penn.) St. Joseph's Prep offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. is a solid Michigan verbal and maintains that his recruitment is over. The four-star prospect says he will not take any other visits.

  • Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek cornerback Kareem Ali has a top five of Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia and Louisville, but he has a pair at the top.

    "Maryland and Florida are my top two right now," Ali said. "Florida is pushing really hard."

  • Trinity (N.Y.) defensive end Austrian Robinson is hearing from Syracuse and Rutgers a lot and each staff continue to develop a relationship with the three-star talent. Maryland is also in the mix and Robinson says he has a good relationship with their staff. Old Dominion and Pittsburgh are also in the mix. He plans to visit each over the summer.

  • Philadelphia Imhotep Charter receiver D.J. Moore added Rutgers, Northwestern and Illinois this week.

    "It's been very cool, a great week," Moore said. "I've been having fun with it. I can't wait to get out to see these colleges."

  • New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep three-star defensive end Qaadir Sheppard maintains a top three of Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers, without any favorites among that group. Sheppard has visited each. Temple will get a visit this summer as well, and return trips to his top three are also likely.

    "They (top three) are all even," Sheppard said. "I'm thinking of making a decision at the beginning of the summer, but I don't know yet."

  • Tenafly (N.J.) three-star tight end Nakia Griffin remains a solid verbal to Rutgers and was on campus Saturday for the spring game.

    "I want to show that Rutgers recruits some good talent, and try to play as hard as I can," Griffin said. "Hopefully some kids will want to follow and join up at Rutgers and be my teammate and stuff like that."

  • Wallingford (Conn.) Coate Rosemary Hall 2015 safety William Harris is hearing most from Boston College, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and Maryland. The Eagles and Huskies have offered, and the junior said he is looking to visit Pittsburgh for a camp June 7 and will consider camping at Mississippi State since he is native to Atlanta.

  • Washington (D.C.) St. John's College junior defensive back Ayron Monroe is keeping in heavy contact with Maryland and Penn State on a weekly basis. The duo is showing him the most interest of the seven programs that have offered to date, he said, adding he will sit down with his parents before making any decisions in his recruitment.

  • Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic receiver Freddie Simmons recently pulled in offers from Connecticut and Virginia, and the junior is expecting visits from Northwestern, Stanford, Maryland, Boise State, and Oregon in the next couple of weeks. Simmons is planning to visit Oregon this summer and is waiting to see if West Virginia and UCLA offer before fully setting his summer visit list.

  • New Rochelle (N.Y.) High three-star running back Jonathan Forrest holds one offer, from Monmouth. Syracuse, Rutgers, Old Dominion and Boston College are recruiting him the hardest right now. Each has told Forrest that he must perform well at their camp over the summer to earn an offer. He plans to camp at each with that goal in mind. Interestingly, Syracuse is also looking at Forrest at linebacker.

    "I'll do anything to get a division one offer," Forrest said. "So that doesn't really matter to me."

  • Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep linebacker Jordan Fox is hearing from Boston College, Miami, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech the most right now. He has already visited Rutgers and Miami, but wants to get back down to see the Hurricanes again. Fox also wants to check out Syracuse this summer. He currently has no favorites.

    "I'm pretty wide open," Fox said. "I'm just enjoying the process and going around taking visits right now."

  • Trinity Pawling (N.Y.) School receiver Hergy Mayala holds an offer from Rutgers, and he said Michigan is starting to show interest.

    "I've been talking to (Rutgers) a lot," Mayala said. "I got a letter from Michigan inviting me to their camp. I've heard from Boston College and Northern Illinois also."

  • Allentown (Pa.) Parkland receiver Jarey Elder checked in at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds before SPARQ testing began. By the end of the day, the junior was the New Jersey NFTC receiver MVP. Stony Brook, Albany, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Old Dominion are currently showing interest in the pass catcher.

  • Class of 2016 linebacker Koby Quansah of West Hartford (Conn.) Kingswood-Oxford picked up his first offer last week when Rutgers extended one, and others could be coming. He said Harvard is visiting his school this week and Connecticut, Boston College and Massachusetts are also recruiting him.

  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Grand Street Campus cornerback Alex Badine picked up his first verbal offer this week from Connecticut. Badine visited Rutgers Saturday for its spring game and has a summer trip planned to Miami.

    "It's just great," Badine said on his Connecticut offer. "They offer you, and then they start asking about your family. You feel blessed, and right now I just have to continue to work."

  • Piscataway (N.J.) cornerback Isaiah Ross recently visited Temple and was told an offer is on the way. The Owls, along with Duke and Rutgers, will be in to see him this week during the spring evaluation period. Ross had to cancel a spring game visit to Missouri, but is intent on seeing the Tigers this summer.

    "I have to show myself to these schools that I can actually play," Ross said. "... Be patient. It's going to come. I'm not really rushing."

  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall linebacker Deonte Roberts had Boston College, Connecticut and Syracuse stop by his school last week. He believes offers from the Eagles and the Orange will come over the summer when he camps with each.

    "I think I could fit all (defensive systems)," Roberts said. "But on the leaderboard is Boston College."

  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall defensive tackle Kwanii Figueroa is hearing from Boston College, Syracuse and Connecticut. Each school stopped by to visit him last week, and Temple is schedule to meet with him over the next few days.

    "I plan on hitting the Pitt camp, UConn camp, Syracuse camp, Temple camp," Figueroa said. "I'm going to try to get out to Boston College and I'm going to try to get out to USC and Michigan."

  • Pawling (N.Y.) defensive tackle Trevaughn James has visited Rutgers and is hearing from Buffalo, Syracuse and Western Kentucky.

    "Coach (Chuck) Bullough (from Syracuse) basically just gave me a run down of the school," James said. "He said they're interested and gave me some camp dates."

  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall defensive back Xavier Braithwaite was visited by Syracuse and Connecticut recently. A return trip from Syracuse is expected in the coming week, as well as a visit from Temple.

  • Bonx (N.Y.) Cardinal Hayes running back Timothy Poindexter is sitting on offers from Rutgers and Fordham. He plans to camp at Syracuse over the summer in hopes of catching the eye of the coaching staff. Poindexter is hearing from San Diego State, Akron, Ohio State and Idaho State. He plans to camp at Florida State and BYU.

    "In a program, I'm just looking for a brotherhood," Poindexter said. "Those guys that, in the locker room, no matter what happens they'll be by your side."

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