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Rutgers University head football coach Greg Schiano announced today the signing of 23 recruits who will join the Rutgers football team for the 2003 season.
Sixteen members of Schiano’s 2003 recruiting class are from the talent-rich states of New Jersey (9) and Florida (7). There’s also a representative of standout athletes from New York (1), Pennsylvania (2), Connecticut (2), California (1) and Minnesota(1).Highlighting this year’s class, which includes four junior college transfers and two prep school standouts, is Pennsylvania Class 4A Player of the Year Jamar Brittingham (Langhorne, PA) and Connecticut All-State running back Justise Hairston (New Britain, CT).
Rutgers Announces 2003 Football Signees

He said it in the fall, when reservations about his recruiting - in the face of his won-lost record - started surfacing.
Greg Schiano said it again Wednesday, when he extolled, applauded, and occasionally deified the high school football players who had just signed their careers over to Rutgers. And then the third-year coach said it one more time Wednesday night, when more than 500 fearlessly faithful fans came to the Rutgers Athletic Center.
"I tell my staff," Schiano said, "to recruit with their eyes, not their ears."
Schiano sees beauty in recruits

Every day, the recruiters come walking through the Don Bosco Prep halls to watch tape on Mike Teel - Michigan and Virginia, Wisconsin and Boston College - and still the best high school quarterback on the best team in the State is begging Greg Schiano: Give him a reason to pick Rutgers.
The personal handwritten notes on Scarlet Knights letterhead flood the junior's mailbox six days a week, detailing Rutgers' deep devotion to his talent. Rutgers is working Teel and two of his teammates hard for 2004, but Schiano's hard sell for salvation is no longer in his evangelical meets infomercial pitch to prospects. Teel has heard the vision, but waits on October and November validation.
Next year's model

Although Rutgers coach Greg Schiano looked to Florida to improve his football team, he also picked up some area talent as well.
Schiano's third recruiting class, a 22-member group, group includes former Neshaminy High running back Jamar Brittingham and Pottstown quarterback Terrence Shawell.
The two will join a team that finished 1-11 last season. Yesterday was the first day recruits could sign binding national letters of intent.
Rutgers' new talent includes area stars

Greg Schiano's third recruiting class at Rutgers wound up numbering 23 players instead of the expected 22 because of some last-minute changes -- but even that total will likely increase.
Safety Marcus Mitchell didn't sign with the Knights yesterday because he failed to receive his transcripts from Milford (Conn.) Academy in time to do so, but said "the next couple of days I will be signing."
Recruiting class at 23 and still growing

The first time Mike Fladell tried to play organized football, at the age of 8, he was told he couldn't. The weight limit was 125 pounds. By then, Fladell was 5-2 and 145 pounds.
"I was able to lose 20 pounds in time to play in the last few games," he said.
That's when the gapes and stares first started.
New Knight makes BIG first impression

Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano knows the advantages of speed. As defensive coordinator at Miami in 1999 and 2000, Schiano helped construct a unit that shut down opposing offenses by staying deep on receivers and using linebackers with tailback-like acceleration and agility to cut off running lanes and passing angles.
Schiano received another lesson during last year’s 1-11 campaign, routinely watching his team get beat for big plays while generating precious few of its own.
UP TO SPEED? Rutgers recruits are suspect, but most of them can run

When you are the head coach of a 1-11 football team that has not won a conference game in more than two years, getting top high school athletes to buy into the concept of joining your program is no simple task.
"I have to commend our staff for overcoming [the obstacles brought on by] our record. But that all dates back to relationships formed with the kids," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said yesterday. "There is no question the win-loss record had an effect on the kids. It has an effect on adults, it has effects on me."
Schiano ushers in third class

Football is a simple game. The team that controls the line of scrimmage has the best chance of winning.
Rutgers hasn't done much of either since coach Greg Schiano promised two years ago to build a program on rock, not stilts.
Schiano, who landed what he considers his third consecutive top-40 recruiting class yesterday, has plenty of stilts; he continues to land some gifted skill-position players.
For Schiano, the trenches are full of questions

Greg Schiano, father of three sons ages 5 and under (including twins), is counting down the days until he soon becomes the father of his first daughter. She will, he knows, be the most-gorgeous kid in the world.
And beauty, he said several times yesterday, lies in the eye of the beholder.
Especially when it comes to football recruiting.
Rutgers' class satisfies coach

THUMBNAIL SKETCHESOF RUTGERS'FOOTBALL RECRUITS Keon Braswell, DB, 6-0, 180, Norland HS, Miami, Fla. - Standout cornerback for Florida big-school champions, should move into starting lineup as a sophomore. Had 73 tackles, three interceptions for 13-2 team. Wavered late as Missouri sought to change his mind, but stayed with Rutgers.

There's no need to tell any of the 23 prospects who signed up for Rutgers University football team's 2003 recruiting class what the Scarlet Knights' record was in 2002. They already know it was 1-11. Apparently, they didn't care.
"It's no secret what our record was," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "It was used against us more than you can imagine. I know the win-loss record had an effect on some kids. It had an effect on me."
Schiano announced his 2003 signees Wednesday, calling them "the finest class that has come to Rutgers University."
Piscataway's Thompson, Franklin's Porter among 23 to commit to Rutgers

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Paul Pasqualoni cares not what anyone thinks of his 2003 recruiting class. The head coach of the Syracuse University football team said Wednesday night that the Orangemen met their needs, signed a quarterback, brought in top-shelf players and found a number of newcomers who can help immediately.

The first letter of intent faxed into the University of Nebraska football office on Wednesday came from quarterback Joe Dailey of St. Peter's Prep School in Jersey City, N.J.
There wasn't a more painful or perplexing recruiting saga at Syracuse University over the last month than Dailey's unexplained decision to renege on his commitment with the Orangemen and sign with the Cornhuskers.
His decision hit a nerve in the Syracuse football community because of the team's continuing frustration at signing or developing quarterbacks.
Orange never gave up on Dailey

Everything was quiet on the outside yesterday at Edberg-Olson Hall, the football-only facility of the Temple Owls.
While the practice field was covered with a thermal blanket-like tarp to confine the ground heat, Temple football coach Bobby Wallace was inside the building almost percolating as he unveiled his 2003 recruiting class.
Yesterday was national signing day, and of the 27 players who officially committed to Temple, only five come directly from high school. Wallace was noticeably excited.
Owls coach pumped up about recruits

National Signing

College football coaches across the country finally exhale today, when their recruits' sometimes-dicey verbal commitments become official. This is National Letter of Intent Day, the first day high school seniors can sign written commitments with their chosen suitors.
It's also the third day of an NCAA-imposed four-day ''dead period,'' in which coaches are allowed no contact with recruits. On Friday, when recruits are allowed to visit colleges once more, the games begin again.
UConn is more to Anoai's liking

The area’s premier running back is heading to Iowa, the Colonial Valley Conference’s top lineman will play Ivy League football at Cornell, and the state’s No. 1 passing quarterback hasn’t made up his mind what school he’ll be throwing touchdowns for next.
Moorestown star picks Iowa

To build the suspense - and to tease the several dozen classmates, teammates, teachers and relatives who attended a news conference in the high school library yesterday morning at Camden's Woodrow Wilson High School - defensive end Claude "Turk" McBride sat at a table with a homemade sign that read: UT, UVA and OSU.
As in the three finalists for his football talents: Tennessee, Virginia and Ohio State.
Camden All-American's pick: Tennessee

Recruits throughout the state signed national letters of intent to play football for Division 1-A universities yesterday, but the best player from one of the state's best programs was ignored by the state university.
Instead, Bergen Catholic running back/safety Joe Sandberg, a two-time All-State selection, plans on playing football at the University of Pennsylvania. Ivy League schools don't give athletic scholarships, so Sandberg has nothing to sign and is not bound by the decision.
Rutgers began recruiting Sandberg, who is the single-season and all-time leading rusher and scorer and is second in career interceptions at Bergen Catholic, when he burst on the scene as a sophomore. The Boston College staff also expressed serious interest before telling him they decided to go with another safety.
Passes Sandberg off to Penn

When the college football season ended last month, Ohio State and Miami (Fla.) were battling for the national championship, but some other high-profile programs were dealing with coaching changes or subpar seasons. Did the big years for the Buckeyes and Hurricanes help on the recruiting trail? Did coaching chaos at places such as Michigan State, Alabama and UCLA hurt? Were Nebraska, Florida State and Tennessee able to do better in recruiting that they did on the field?
Experts size up winners and loses of signing day

LSU and Southern California made football coaching changes in recent years in an effort to return to elite status. If Wednesday's national letter-of-intent day for high school players is an indication, both have struck gold.
LSU, Southern California haul in top classes

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LeBron James can put his high school jersey back on for at least a few more games.
The basketball superstar was cleared to play Wednesday by a judge who blocked a ruling that stripped him of his eligibility for accepting two free sports jerseys worth a total of $845.
“It confirms our belief that the he never should have been suspended,” said James’ attorney, Fred Nance.
Judge puts LeBron back on court

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