A fan sent me this interesting note on a Florida running back now in Junior College.
"Senior running back Lorenzo Johnson — who broke every school rushing record last fall, amassing over 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns — will spend next fall at Dodge City Junior College in Dodge City, KS. Johnson was placed there by Rutgers University, and if he gets his grades in order and stays healthy, could transfer to play for the Scarlet Knights in 2003."
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That article was from last April.
Is this still for real?
The last bit of info that I could find on Johnson was that he was in Dodge City JC but was redshirting. That was in August. Right now he doesn't even appear on the roster.
Speaking of running backs Rutgers is taking more and more interest in Cape May RB/WR Matt Dicken. In fact, the word out of Cape May was that Coach Melvin paid a personal visit to Lower Cape May HS to convince Matt of RU's interest.
I am not surprised. Earlier this year Dicken ran a 4.34 at a camp at Penn State. The PSU staffer who was timing him was so stunned he had Dicken run it again.
Dicken's most interesting asset is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. His hands are so good that he could double as a WR. It may be that Rutgers is looking for someone who could do just that.
Dicken really likes the Knights and my gut feel is that he would verbal if offered.
Jeff Zuttah, the exceptional offensive lineman out of the Hun School, took himself out of the Rutgers picture after the Villanova loss. Now, Notre Dame seems to have gotten his interest. Sam Johnson, the Bergen Catholic tight end who was once a strong lean to RU was up at Syracuse last weekend. I can't imagine that he liked what he saw on the field at the Carrier Dome. Big Dog has been putting calls into Johnson and we'll have the latest as soon as it is available.
I talked to George Smith WR out of Hollywood Hills HS in Florida on Sunday. George was All County, All Metro and All State last year playing in Maryland before his move to Florida. He has size and speed and uses both of those assets to run well with the ball after catching it. Last year his 15 receiving touchdowns was good enough for 2nd place all time in Maryland. He is doing well in his opening games in the sunshine state but right now George would like one thing most of all ... to hear from Rutgers.
The Vegas line has West Virginia by 17. I would be tempted to bet on that one. In fact, I have a feeling that RU might win this one outright. WVU's strength is the run, which RU stops well. I have watched the Mountaineers and they have no passing game to speak off. In fact going into last weekend's game with Maryland they were ranked 91st nationally in pass offense. The Mountaineers had 138 yards in the air against Maryland with three interceptions. Look for the Knights to try to stuff the run and force WVU to beat them with the pass.
If RU can do that and the Knights can find a way to move the ball against an underrated and quick Mountaineer defense ... there could be celebrations in Piscataway.
Check out Dan Welch's Preseason look at the Mountaineers.
West Virginia is a program in transition. Near the conclusion of the 2000 season, former Head Coach Don Nehlen resigned after 21 years in Morgantown. West Virginia alum and former Clemson and Tulane Offensive Coordinator Rich Rodriguez replaced Nehlen. The transition wasn't easy as Rodriguez's aggressive, high tech, rapid-fire philosophies supplanted Nehlen's tough, methodical, conservative culture.
MikeandtheBigDog.com -- Big East Preview
And check out this story about walk-ons at the RU program:
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Although many universities nationwide have gradually decreased the number of walk-ons they accept in collegiate sports such as baseball and soccer, approximately one-fifth of the season-opening 105- man Rutgers football roster is made up of these dedicated hard-workers.
Yahoo! Sports: NCAA Football - Rutgers walk-ons make their own contributions
Big East Football - Big East Hangs Tough
Both major polls have the Big East holding down spots one (Miami) and four (Virginia Tech) in the Top 25. The Big 12 is the only other conference in America with two teams in the top 5, Oklahoma and Texas. That being the case how can people continue with this Big Least stuff? Isn't it apparent by now that the Big East is major league. The amazing thing is that several teams in the BE (Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Miami) had huge losses to graduation. Even with that the league is still tough. Pitt is making noises about Top 25 and Boston College has been on the verge of the Top 25 all season. It'll be an interesting weekend for both teams. BC plays Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh plays Notre Dame.
I have heard some major rumors about things brewing on the recruiting scene. Potentially good news.
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