On the recruiting trail

Small Speedsters and Big Uglies

Contrary to reports in the newspapers Ken Cattouse has not verballed to Iowa. Cattouse likes the Hawkeyes a lot but he has not given a verbal as of this date. Ken is one of five Jersey running backs offered by the Scarlet Knights. The others are Kaysonne Anderson (Manasquan), Jean Beljour (Hackensack), Dwayne Jones (Toms River) and Shonn Green (Winslow Township). Jones and Green are probably headed out of state and Cattouse will almost definitely end up at Iowa. That leaves Anderson and Beljour.

Of the two Beljour is the most likely to give RU a commit. He has all but ruled out Syracuse and might have verballed already to the Knights had it not been for a late push by the Tennessee Volunteers.

You have to wonder why RU is pushing so hard for another running back. Schiano has done a great job stocking the cupboard with talent at both fullback and tailback and what he really needs is "big uglies."

Speaking of "big uglies" Dan Davis (DE, DT out of Plainfield) is on a tear. In his last four games Daniel has 44 tackles and 9 sacks. He just set up an official visit with UConn for December 6th. He'll also visit RU later this year. The sleeper on the Plainfield squad, however, is Dana Hart, TE, DE , 6-3, 205, 4.5. Dana is also finishing strong. In his last four games he has 37 tackles and 8 sacks. He'll be also taking an official visit to UConn when Davis goes.

Other "big uglies" that the Knights are involved with include Nyere Aumaitre, 6-5, 310, OL, Woodrow Wilson HS, Camden;  Steve Council, 6-3, 295, OL, DL, 5.2, Plainfield, NJ ; Rob Crudup, 6-3, 298, OL, DL, 5.2, Plainfield, NJ ; Jon Fields, 6-3, 270, 5.0 Matawan, Matawan HS ; Chris George, 6-7, 310, OL, DL, 5.3, Matawan HS, Matawan, NJ ; Corey Hyman, 6-4, 290, 5.2, OL, St. Thomas Aquinas H.S., Fl ; Robert Kerbstat, OL, 6-3, 295, 5.2, St. Joseph Regional, NJ ;
Kenny Love, 6-4, 270, 5.0, OL, DL, Pennington Prep ; Akeem Robinson, TE, 6-5, 250, 5.1, Carol City , FL ; Chris Rutledge, 6-7, 256, 4.9, OL, Dr. Michael M. Krop HS Miami ; Nick Santiago, 6-4, 315, 5.0, OL, DL Thomas R. Proctor HS (Utica, NY) ; Pat Sims, 6-4, 280, 4.8, DT, Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Fl ; Nhemie Theodore, 6-1 1/2, 285, 5.15, DT, Irvington and Jeremy Zuttah, 6-4, 280, 4.9. OL, DL, J.P. Stevens, Edison, NJ.

The Knights seem to be a long shot for Phil Trautwein, 6-6, 285, 5.3, OT, DT, Voorhees, Eastern and all but out of the picture for Carl Howard, 6-5, 290, 4.8, DT, Matawan, Matawan HS.



Next year's prize from Plainfield is the state's top junior, Eugene Monroe, 6-6, 320. Monroe just added an offer from Wisconsin to those from Rutgers, Boston College, Virginia and Maryland.

Myron Rolle is doing well also, I received this nice note from him:

"I just wanted to update you on our season and felt it appropriate to do so this week as we won our first game against Mercersburg Academy in PA. In the game I rushed for 220 yards for 3 touchdowns on offense and had 10 tackles and a sack on defense. I have totaled 84 tackles in 8 games this year despite our team's 1-7 record. I have scored 9 times this year, and ran for 746 yards. I just recently received a letter from Mr. Garret Shea inviting me to the US Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 1,2. I plan on attending and competing against some of the nation's top underclassmen. It will be a challenge that I will be ready for. Next week we play Worcester Academy from MA, then we end our season with our rival Blair Academy. It has been an eventful individual season thus far even though team's intentionally key on me on offense and stay away from me on defense. I hope all is well with you and your family."

Anthony Ferla is another sophomore doing well. I received this note about his performance to date:

"His last time in the 40 was 4.57-again as a sophomore. He got invites to the Us Army all American Combine in San Antonio Texas-January 1-3, 2004 as a DB. He has had two picks in the last two games (Ridgewood and Paramus Catholic) and is breaking on the ball very well for a sophomore."



Cardinal McCarrick has some interesting recruiting news

Dave Gorbea (LB) Billy Wagner (TE) are getting strong looks from Florida Atlantic, a soon to be Div 1 school. Yuri Koslowski (RB) Getting looked at by Colgate.


Basketball (and maybe football, too)

Among the players being looked at by Gary Waters and staff:

Troy Mathis, Ht: 6-0.5  PPG: 23.0, Mathis scored 80 points in a game last year and averaged 29 for the season.

Charron Fisher Ht. 6-4 Charron is looking at Virginia, Boston College and Rutgers. They have all offered him the opportunity to play football and basketball. North Carolina and Penn State are in the mix for football.

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