The Rutgers University football program's Top 40 recruiting class has suffered another academic casualty.
Haines Holloway, a coveted all-state defensive lineman from Camden's Woodrow Wilson High School, has failed to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements and will enroll in prep school this fall, according to his high school coach, Mike McBride.
McBride, who is serving as defensive coordinator and coaching Holloway in Saturday's Governor's Bowl, said Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia tops Holloway's list of prep schools.
Rutgers loses lineman Holloway
Rutgers University's Gary Waters pressed his body up against the partition separating himself and other college coaches from the action taking place here on Court 2 at the adidas ABCD camp. An afternoon playoff game featuring Rutgers recruiting targets Darryl Watkins and Will Sheridan, who both played for the same team, brought many of the spectators to their feet.
On an adjacent court, 6-foot-4 swingman Ricky Lucas, who will enter his senior year at Herndon High School in Virginia, was quietly going about his business, running the floor like a gazelle. Waters had an eye on that playoff game, as well.
Rutgers' Waters targeting players at ABCD camp
Basketball - Prospects
Throughout the high school basketball season, Paterson Catholic coach Tommie Patterson chants the following like a mantra: "Marquis Webb just won't let us lose."
So how do you explain Webb's team losing eight straight games at the ABCD Camp this week? "The guards have been gunning," Webb said. "It's pretty tough, and I can't deal with it."
Webb, a Paterson Catholic senior considered a top-100 recruit in the Class of 2003, plays within a team concept. He thinks first, passes second, and if he can, leaves the scoring to his teammates.
Webb a true playmaker
Charlie Villaneuva was watching Thursday when LeBron James and his entourage arrived.
The adidas ABCD Camp didn't come to a stop but all eyes were on the superstar from Ohio, who held a press conference then hurried off for a photo shoot with autograph seekers and reporters trailing in his wake.
"That's crazy, isn't it?" Villaneuva, who will be a senior at Blair Academy, said. "I'm glad that's not me."
Villaneuva impressing college scouts
Football - Prospect
Jeff Zuttah's football career is not exactly a blueprint for how to acquire a Division 1 scholarship. He didn't play organized football as a child. No freshman football, either. When he finally embraced the sport as a 205-pound sophomore, a fractured wrist forced him to miss the entire season. Still, by the time he was a 6-4, 265-pound senior-to-be at J.P. Stevens last summer, colleges were taking note of both his ability and potential as an offensive guard.
Zuttah adding weight to his scholarship bid
Football - All-Star
Jarrett Schreck is tired of hearing that he's too small.
He heard it from youth football teammates in Montville. He heard it as a freshman at Delbarton, the reason he was moved from tailback to wide receiver. And he heard it from recruiters at Division-I football teams, when he tried to get them to give him a chance.
But the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Schreck has not been hearing about his size this week, even as he lines up next to some of the best football players in New Jersey. Because he's one of them.
Delbarton's Schreck looks to strut his stuff
One quick look around during the first practice was all it took. Suddenly, 50 players who always knew they were the best football player on their team knew that they were going to play on the best team that they had ever seen.
Earlier this week, 50 of the best recently graduated high school football players the state has to offer gathered together to play one last game before their respective college careers begin. They will represent the Garden State in the annual Governor's Bowl, which will be played Saturday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City at 2.
Burlco's stars bolster New Jersey's roster
It has completely changed his life, this whole multimillionaire-in-waiting thing. In the old days -- back when LeBron James was just a high school basketball player and not the next Michael Jordan -- he could do stuff.
You know, fun stuff.
"I can't do things that normal kids do without somebody looking into the microscope," James said yesterday at Adidas ABCD Camp. "I can't do bad things -- like knocking on doors and running. I can't do that no more."
The joy of not being normal
Every player at this week's Adidas ABCD Camp is used to being recruited, but for LeBron James, the shoe — make that the sneaker — is on the other foot.
James, the soon-to-be-rich 6-8 guard/forward from Akron, Ohio, was at ABCD for the second straight day yesterday. James was on the Teaneck campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University Wednesday night but didn't talk to reporters. Instead, he held a 30-minute press conference yesterday.
LeBron a Real Shoe-Stopper
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com