Rutgers Passing Camp Notes

More than 80 teams and loads of prospects were on the Rutgers campus Saturday for the passing camp, and was there to see it all.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- A loaded Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) won the Rutgers passing camp tournament by squeaking Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) in the semifinals and rolled past Coatesville (Pa.) High 32-0 in the final.

The day began with instruction from the Rutgers coaching staff for all the teams in attendance, and the instruction continued throughout the day on fields all over the Busch Campus.

By the end, though, it was Eastern Christian Academy and its loads of talent – Auburn cornerback commit Jahmere Irvin-Sills, Connecticut receiver commit Dhameer Bradley, USC quarterback commit David Sills (2015), running back Wendell Smallwood, receiver Daikiel Shorts, receiver Freddy Canteen (2014) and cornerback Vashawn Tucker (2014) – that breezed to the title.

It is the same collection of players that won last season under the Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.) banner.

There were also a bundle of recruiting notes from the day:

  • Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive end Alquadin Muhammad made an unofficial visit and spent much of the time with the coaching staff. He was with defensive line coach Jim Panagos for a while, spoke with coach Kyle Flood and also was with linebackers coach Dave Cohen and defensive coordinator Robb Smith.

    "I think [the visit] was great. It's a great opportunity to see the place and stuff like that. I've seen things that I've never seen before and just building a better relationship with the coaches." He made the trip with his Pop Warner coach, Nasir Gainus.

  • Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) running back Wendall Smallwood competed in the camp and then took a tour of the facilities and met with the Rutgers coaching staff.

    "It went well," Smallwood said. "I got to see the place and spoke with (coach Kyle Flood) for a little."

    Smallwood said he talks to Rutgers often.

    "The running backs coach (Norries Wilson) asked me if I was still I interested and I said, ‘Of course,' " Smallwood said.

  • Rutgers quarterback commit Chris Laviano of Holy Trinity High (Hicksville, N.Y.) was on campus and spent plenty of time talking with recruits, including new Rutgers commit Sebastian Joseph and St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) receiver Charlie Callinan.

    "The feeling here is hard to explain," Laviano said. "There's just something special. You can tell Rutgers is rising."

    Laviano will be back Tuesday to throw at Rutgers camp and spend more time with the staff.

  • Cedar Creek Regional High (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) quarterback Damon Mitchell said he was making his fourth trip to Rutgers, and he received plenty of interest and instruction during the camp by Rutgers quarterbacks coach Rob Spence. He met with the staff after the passing camp and that went well also.

    "I am going to take a couple official visits, but I don't have any set up yet," Mitchell said. "I will definitely take one to Wisconsin and Iowa. Rutgers, I'm not sure. If this is a place that will (continue) to consider me and I consider them, I'll probably take one here."

  • Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) receiver/safety Kyle Queiro said he will trim his list before the season and then try to set up official visits.

    "We have a bye week so maybe I can make one then," he said. "Rutgers and Northwestern are (recruiting Queiro the hardest), but there are a lot of schools that are close by."

  • St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High receiver Ricky Jeune enjoyed his second visit in a few weeks, and he said Rutgers is one of the schools recruiting him the hardest along with Purdue and Boston College.

    "I like being around the coaching staff," he said. "We have good chemistry, so it's always good to come up here and play."

    Jeune hopes to decide before the season.

  • St. John Vianney High (Holmdel, N.J.) receiver Ishmael Hyman showed his speed getting deep and also made a few very nice catches. He will not camp at Rutgers this week but he may visit to see the staff and continue to get a better feel for the program.

  • Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) class of 2014 defensive end/tight end Cameron Dickerson is up to eight offers, with Boston College being the latest to extend one. He said he hasn't heard from Ohio State since he was offered in the spring.

    "I want to get out and see everything so I can get a feel for what colleges have o offer," he said.

  • St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) class of 2014 running back Johnathan Hilliman is up to 11 offers after Wisconsin extended one this week.

    "I'm going to take four visits," Hilliman said. "I'm going to take Penn State, Rutgers, Boston College and I'm going to try to make a visit to Maryland. Those are close schools, and schools (showing) interest for a long time. I haven't set dates yet but I'm going to get on it in July."

  • Jamie Herr of Eastern Christian Academy was sporting a Rutgers Big Man Academy t-shirt and holds an offer from Hawaii and getting interest from Rutgers, Wisconsin and Wake Forest. "I like (Rutgers offensive line) coach (Damian) Wroblewski," said Herr, who is 6-5, 270 pounds. "He's a really nice guy."

  • Class of 2014 cornerback Daquan Worley of Coatesville (Pa.) High is hearing from a number of schools, including Rutgers, and performed well at the camp.

    "I'm just looking for a school that has my major and will be the right fit for me," Worley said. "I have to show I have good feet and that my speed is there."

  • Cornerback Vashawn Tucker of Eastern Christian Academy holds offers from Rutgers, Hawaii and UCLA, but Rutgers is the only school he knows a lot about.

    "I've been here a few times," Tucker said. "I like the campus and the school."

  • The loaded Eastern Christian Academy roster also includes 2014 receiver Freddy Canteen, who holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland and Hawaii.

    "I don't know much about Rutgers but I like coach Robo (Wroblewski) a lot," Canteen said. "He's funny. He makes a connection, a relationship with his players."

  • Eastern Christian Academy receiver Neiko Creamer reclassified to the 2014 class after tearing his ACL in November. He is scheduled to be ready for the start of the season but he is approaching it as if he has no offers.

    "I still have teams saying they give me an offer as a 2014 kid but not as a 2013 kid," Creamer said. "We'll see. I have to earn them again."

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