Throngs of Rutgers Targets Will Attend 7-on-7

Most of the premiere skill players in the northeast's 2011 class will be on the Rutgers campus this weekend for the New Level Athletics Badger Sport 7-on-7 at the indoor practice facility. There were be dozens of prospects holding offers from the Scarlet Knights in attendance.

Receiver Ruhann Peele from Linden (N.J.) High, safety Elijah Shumate of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), running back Cyrus Jones of The Gilman School (Baltimore) and receiver Stefon Diggs of Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) are each highly regarded by Rutgers.

Each is a four-star recruit, and each will be among the dozens of players holding offers from the Scarlet Knights to be on campus this weekend.

Diggs and Jones, as well as a number of other out-of-state prospects like Catholic Memorial High (West Roxbury, Mass.) four-star safety Armani Reeves and three-star linebacker Camren Williams, will be making unofficial visits to the Hale Center tonight before playing in this weekend's New Level Athletics Badger Sport 7-on-7 at the indoor practice bubble.

"This is going to be the best collection of talent in the northeast," NLA co-founder Kashann Simmons said. "You've got the best players from the northeast, we have an international team, teams from Maryland and Virginia and a bunch of players from all over.

"If you look at the Massachusetts team, there are a number of guys there who have multiple offers, and they'll all be there."

The list of prospects holding Rutgers offers, as well as those being recruited heavily by the Scarlet Knights, is lengthy.

Among the out-of-state players expected to attend and getting recruited hard by Rutgers are Diggs, Williams, Reeves, Jones, Franklin High (Reisterstown, Md.) receiver Ian Thomas, Oxon Hill High (Potomac, Md.) running back Ronald Darby, Good Counsel running back Wes Brown, Dunbar High (Baltimore) receiver Deontay McManus, Bloomsburg (Pa.) High quarterback Blake Rankin, McDowell High (Erie, Pa.) running back Greg Garmon and Erasmus Hall High (Brooklyn) cornerback Wayne Morgan.

Among the most notable New Jersey players are Peele, Shumate, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) athlete Brandon Napoleon and safety D.J. Singleton, Don Bosco receiver Leonte Carroo, Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) athlete Delon Stephenson, Timber Creek Region High (Erial, N.J.) linebacker Quanzell Lambert, Freehold (N.J.) Boro High linebacker Jazzmar Clax and Northern Valley Old Tappan (N.J.) athlete Devin Fuller.

Each of the New Jersey players holds an offer from Rutgers.

"I'm excited about those guys," said Simmons, who will coach the NJFlash team, which features the aforementioned players. "Last year we probably had the most explosive team in all the regions, as far as top to bottom, of offer kids. This year I've mixed it up to have a few of the young guys so you're dealing with (Class of 2013 prospects) Kyle LaPorte and Nadir Barnwell of Piscataway.

"Then you bring in the seasoned guys with Devin Fuller, Ruhann Peele, D.J. Singleton, Leonte Carroo, Vin Ascolese, Quanzell Lambert, Jazzmar Clax, Brandon Napoleon, Delon Stephenson. So, you have all those studs mixed in. I'm excited about this team. From top to bottom their won't be a kid that is not there that is not being recruited, or one that won't have more than 10 offers."


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