Recruit watch: Who's on Rutgers' board?

There is a month left before signing day and coaches can be out on the road recruiting again today. Names will be added and dropped as signing day approacches, but Rutgers has a few handfuls of players it is still looking at. Here is a breakdown of the top-end recruits who either visited Rutgers, or plan to visit Rutgers before signing day, and the chances the Scarlet Knights have with each one.

LB Malcolm Cater, Riverhead (N.Y.) High
What he brings: An aggressive, hard-hitting rugged approach to playing middle linebacker. His style and mentality is what coaches dream about when they recruit a player. He plays with emotion and toughness, and has the speed and smarts to play inside.

Chances of landing at Rutgers: Very good, provided Cater is the one making the final decision. He committed to Syracuse in the summer, then told ScarletReport.com he wanted to commit to Rutgers during the season.
He visited Syracuse last month and will visit Rutgers Jan. 22-24. A few people in his close circle want him to go to Syracuse, but he continues to favor the Scarlet Knights.

WR Brandon Coleman, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)
What he brings: Size is the immediate benefit. His 6-foot-6 frame makes him a tough matchup for defensive backs, and his athleticism is an added addition. He is a solid route runner and has good hands.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: Very good. He has long favored the Scarlet Knights, and could make a decision after his Jan. 15 visit to Syracuse. Not getting Coleman would be a big hit to the 2010 class.

RB/WR/DB Jeremy Deering, Leto High (Tampa, Fla.)
What he brings: Aggressive player with very good athleticism and versatility. Character also is high as he stayed with a down Leto High program rather than the glamour of a bigger program.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: Deering continually says he likes Rutgers and has a very good relationship with coach Greg Schiano, but isn't excited about taking an official visit since he was there in the summer. Still, he may do so. But until he does, a commitment would land between surprising and stunning.

RB Mustafa Greene, Irmo High (Columbia, S.C.)
What he brings: The ability to be an every-down running back with shiftiness, very good feet, acceleration through the hole, patience and good vision.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: Despite listing Alabama and Auburn among his final four, it seems to be a two-horse with Rutgers and North Carolina State. He is originally from Brooklyn and has family in New Jersey, so that is an added bonus. Right now it appears North Carolina State has a slight lead, so work will have to be done to land him.

RB Jawan Jamison, The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) What he brings: Likes to run inside and create contact, but possesses the vision to bounce runs outside. He also has good hands, and at 5-foot-8 can get lost behind the offensive line.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: Jamison's recruitment has changed over the last year, but the one constant seems to be his interest in Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights' interest in him. If Rutgers were to offer, an on-the-spot commitment could come.

DT Kenneth Kirksey, Mainland High (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
What he brings:Size and toughness in the middle of the line. At 6-foot-1, 295-pound, he is tough to move as long as he keeps his pad level down.

Chances of landing at Rutgers: He has Rutgers among his finalists and will visit later this month. Florida State, Iowa State and Michigan State are also possibilities, but work in the classroom is needed. This would be an unexpected get if the Scarlet Knights could pull it off.

CB Rashad Knight, Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.)
What he brings: Knight can play safety or corner, but don't rule him out as a receiver. He has good cover skills and welcomes contact, which makes him adept at playing bigger receivers.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: Knight is talking about visiting, but until that happens the Scarlet Knights don't have much of a chance. Coach Schiano is expected to visit with Knight this week, and that could sway the direction of this recruitment.

LB/DE David Mackall, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy
What he brings: He is a George Johnson-type of defensive end, but with more athleticism. Mackall can drop into coverage, and also is adept at getting up the field.
Chances of landing at Rutgers:Rutgers would love to land this former Maryland signee, but it is looking less and less likely to happen unless something drastically changes. Grades forced him to enroll in prep school, and he still needs to get a qualifying test score.
Mackall has stopped taking phone calls from several of his suitors, including Rutgers and Michigan. He also has to formally cut ties with Maryland before he can wind up somewhere else.

DL Djwany Mera, South Broward (Hollywood, Fla.)
What he brings: At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds he brings length and athleticism. He is raw and needs to get into the weight room, but is a wrestler and agile.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: It could be tough since he was being recruited hard by Central Michigan, and its coach just went to Cincinnati, who is close to offering. But with trips to Illinois and Rutgers set, it puts the Scarlet Knights in the game.

LB Kevin Nelson, Gainesville (Fla.) High
What he brings: He is strong (benches more than 350 pounds) and also fast. He runs track and has a good nose for the ball.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: The Miami commit is supposed to visit Rutgers later this month, which suggests the Scarlet Knights have a chance for him. But the visit is not 100 percent secured yet.

WR Ace Sanders, Manatee High, (Bradenton, Fla.)
What he brings: Speed, speed and speed. He was a top receiver for one of the best teams in Florida. He runs routes well, isn't afraid to go over the middle and gains separation.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: At this point there is reason for skepticism about Rutgers' chances of landing him. Sanders continually says he is interested in Rutgers, and that seems to be true, but not to the level where he is ready to cancel one of his other visits and come to Piscataway for the 48-hour official visit.

WR Tim Smith, Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central
What he brings: He was consistently the best athlete on the field and could bring legitimate speed, but made the transition from quarterback last season and is still learning the receiver position.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: Smith wanted to commit to Rutgers after his visit last month, but he needs to clear some academic hurdles before it can happen. But if Ace Sanders heads to Rutgers, the chances of Smith also being a Scarlet Knight are diminished.

RB Casey Turner, Edward H. White High (Jacksonville, Fla.)
What he brings: Quickness, acceleration and toughness are his best attributes. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds he isn't huge, but he can battle for the hard yards.
Chances of landing at Rutgers: He is already committed to the Scarlet Knights, but word is he may visit North Carolina later this month and Arkansas wants him to visit. He already de-committed from Florida International when bigger schools came calling, so this could be in question until the end.

S Lorenzo Waters, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)
What he brings: Physical play and the desire to hit from the safety position. He is quick at picking things up and also is strong in coverage.

Chances of landing at Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights made up ground when he visited last month, but will still have to come from behind. After originally saying he wanted to decide before the holidays, Vanderbilt and Iowa became players in his recruitment, meaning he wasn't truly feelin' any school.


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