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The Rutgers Touchdown Club will be holding its annual Recruiting Tailgate Meeting on Wednesday night February 5th at 7:00 P.M. at the Rutgers Athletic Center (The RAC). Doors will open at 5:30 P.M. Coach Greg Schiano will review the 2003 recruiting class in this meeting. Subs and beverages will be served. Remember this meeting will not be at the Hale Center due to the large crowd expected.
If you are interested in joining the Touchdown Club you can join that night or you can visit their web-site at to learn more about the club and get an application form.

As Rutgers comes upon the rugged Big East Basketball schedule, they would like to invite you to join the Scarlet R in the Coaches' Huddle - a pre-game meal featuring Rutgers Athletics. The Huddle gives you an opportunity to gain an inside look at the opponent Rutgers will be facing that night with a brief scouting report by a member of the basketball coaching staff. Each Huddle will also showcase the coach of one of our 30 intercollegiate athletic programs. In addition, the event will provide a full buffet-style meal prepared by Rutgers Catering. The cost for each person is $10 - with and additional $5 for those who would like to have beer or wine with their meal.
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Larry Blustein has spent 31 years tracking football recruits such as Marcus Daniels. Blurs of speed, masses of muscle, it matters little - Blustein always knows Florida's best talents, and he always knows first where they're going to college.
But he never would have guessed this from Daniels:
"What?" Blustein remembers asking when hearing Daniels picked Rutgers. "I said, 'He's going where?' "
Recruits from across country explain why they chose Rutgers

Rutgers seemed to fall short in addressing its offensive line needs, didn't have much success in New Jersey and probably will finish near the bottom of the Big East when the final football recruiting rankings are compiled, most experts said yesterday.
But coach Greg Schiano and his staff still may have landed one of the best recruiting classes in school history -- thanks largely to a strong showing in Florida.
Rutgers squeezes most from Florida

The "nonsense" started early last spring.
Charles "Tre" Timbers would come home to see his mailbox littered with recruiting letters from college football programs throughout the country. By April, the phone calls from recruiters came one after another some evenings.
The recruiting process was flattering in the beginning. Who wouldn't want to be told how good they are?
Timbers ready to sign with Rutgers

The Rutgers University football team will face a 12-game schedule in the 2003 season that features six home games at Rutgers Stadium.
The Scarlet Knights open the 2003 season at home vs. Buffalo on Aug. 30, followed by road games at Michigan State (Sept. 6) and Army (Sept. 13). Following a bye week, Rutgers will round out the month with a home game vs. Navy (Sept. 27).
Rutgers Sets 2003 Football Slate

Women's Basketball

The Rutgers women’s basketball team (13-5, 6-2 Big East) overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Miami (13-7, 5-4 Big East) last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
The Scarlet Knights trailed by 12 points (41-29) with 15:22 left, but went on a 22-4 run over the next 7:03 to gain a 51-50 lead with 8:19 remaining. Rutgers outscored Miami 36-15 over the final 15 minutes, as sophomore point guard Cappie Pondexter scored 19 of her team-high 21 points in the second half.
MCCC women improve to 10-9 with win over Camden

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer was just asking longtime assistant Jolette Law why she liked Maritoa Theodoris in the first place. Why, Stringer wanted to know, did Rutgers even bring the girl here?
Law mumbled something about watching Theodoris knock in 35 points and grab 17 rebounds back when the 6-feet-2 forward was in high school, and that a whole bunch of other coaches saw it, too.
"Yeah," Stringer remembered saying to Law, "Well, she hasn't shown up since."
Rutgers rallies by Miami

So much has been made this season about Miami's Tamara James being the Big East Conference's best freshman. Some consider her a favorite to win the league's Rookie of the Year award. But another heralded newcomer made a strong case for the honor Tuesday night.
Rutgers point guard Cappie Pondexter scored a team-high 21 points and rallied the Scarlet Knights from a 12-point, second-half deficit in a 65-56 victory over Miami at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Pondexter rallies Rutgers women to 65-56 victory over Miami

Men's Basketball


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High School Propects

While the nation’s top high school football players will be signing with their college choices on National Letter of Intent Day Wednesday, Pope John football standout Devin Perez will try and decide where to walk on. The first-team Gannett-All-State defensive tackle hasn’t been recruited by any Division I schools, but he wants to prove he can play on that level so much that he will walk on at either Virginia Tech or Arizona State.
“He won’t accept anything but a Division 1 scholarship,” Lions coach Vic Paternostro said. “All the Division twos and threes are after him. Both Virginia Tech and Arizona State have film on him. Now it’ll be a decision he’ll have to make between them. Something could emerge, but I doubt it. When you take his size (Perez stands 5-7), it’s hard.”
Football standouts decide on colleges

Decision day has dawned for high school football players. The letter-of-intent signing period for players entering college next fall begins today, but about two dozen of the nation's best 100 players still were trying to make up their minds late Tuesday.
Their signatures ultimately could decide which schools get classes that analysts think are the best.
Many top recruits still undecided

Bowe, Dade's second-ranked recruit, is not alone. Central defensive lineman Bryan Pata and Central linebacker Arlington Highsmith, Dade's No. 1 and No. 7 recruits, were also holding out on their announcements.
Highsmith turned off his cellular phone and Pata stopped answering his. Teammate Courtney Denson, who has changed his mind several times during the past few months, said Tuesday he was committed to Auburn. Well, sort of.
Several Dade football recruits still undecided

Paulsboro High running back Isaac Redman, who set a single-season South Jersey record with 37 touchdowns last fall, said last night he would sign with Temple today.
Redman had originally planned to commit to Iowa, but the school pulled back its scholarship offer. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior said he would use Iowa's decision as a motivator.
"I want to prove they gave up on something good," he said.
Paulsboro's Redman chooses Temple

Any question of what Times-area schools had the big-time football talent should be erased today when players are officially able to commit to college.
There are 16 area players who have determined where they plan to continue their gridiron careers and most will make that official today by signing National Letters of Intent.
Nine of those - more than half - come from two schools, Peddie and Hun.
Area `Sweet 16' will sign football letters today

The suspense of National Letter of Intent Day isn't what it used to be when schoolboy stars would wait to the last minute to announce their college football choices.
Now, it's the rule, rather than the exception, for highly-recruited seniors to make their decisions long before the first Wednesday in February
Area football seniors make

Moorestown running back Albert Young, The Star-Ledger Offensive Player of the Year in 2002, will announce his intention to attend the University of Iowa today at a press conference at Moorestown High.
Iowa lands Young

Around Big East

The Syracuse University football team wraps up another recruiting class today with the expected signing of 18 players to binding national letters of intent.
And while coaches have been recruiting and traveling and calling and corresponding with these players for months, if not more than a year, they have not had the luxury of focusing entirely on this group.
Every day is a day to recruit

Today is national signing day for college football, and Temple coach Bobby Wallace is expected to bring in a recruiting class heavy on junior college players. The Owls are looking to overcome the loss of the 22 players who were members of Wallace's first recruiting class.
With Temple having been voted out of the Big East Conference after the 2004 season, Wallace doesn't have time to develop players out of high school as the Owls look to make themselves attractive to another league. Of the 24 members of Temple's class, just four are coming directly from high school.
Owls plug holes in football roster

One thing Phil Goodman does not lack is confidence.
He's coming to Temple to make a splash. That has to be welcome news for a program that has been voted out of the Big East after the 2004 season and still doesn't have a deal in place to play in Lincoln Financial Field next season.
This is national signing day, when every coach in America is allowed to dream big. Bobby Wallace, who understands all too well the situation he's in, has brought in a boatload of junior-college transfers to North Broad Street. He hopes enough of them can make a difference, even though most of them have just 2 years of eligibility remaining.
Receiver tops Owls' juco-heavy recruit list

Around the nation


Interesting Article

Football coaches on one level are traveling salesmen. Every year, they hit the recruiting road trying to sell their programs to high school players. They often bring back more than talent. They bring back stories. Those stories have changed in tone in recent years with scholarship limitations, restrictions on the number of visits by a head coach, a dead period three days before signing day. There aren't as many high jinks.
Coaches have plenty of recruiting tales to tell

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