Weekend recruiting primer

Rutgers is scheduled to host 13 players on official visits this weekend, with seven of the players already committed to the Scarlet Knights. The others include a pair of cornerbacks, a safety, a linebacker, a running back and a surprise late edition. ScarletReport.com has the list of invitees, and breaks down the latest happenings on the players not already committed to Rutgers.

Signing day is nearing and the recruiting push is in the final stages for the 2010 class.

This weekend Rutgers is scheduled to host 13 players on official visits, with the mix being between players committed to Rutgers and players either not committed, or committed to another school.

ScarletReport.com breaks down each of the players not committed to Rutgers, and looks at what could transpire at the conclusion, and after, the visit.

LB Malcolm Cater, Riverhead (N.Y.) High (Committed to Syracuse)
ScarletReport.com's take: In October, Cater told ScarletReport.com he was close to committing to Rutgers and "I would love to be part of that program.'' Each time he has said he likes Rutgers and wanted to go to school there, but folks in his inner circle are favoring Syracuse, so Rutgers will have to overcome that. In fact, Wednesday his uncle, Solomon Hatcher, said "It looks like it's 100 percent Syracuse, but ultimately it is his decision.''
What to look for: It seems like Cater is already sold on the family atmosphere at Rutgers, which is something he is craving, but Syracuse was on him first and the loyalty factor is being pushed hard by the Orange staff. Even if Rutgers can sway him, it may not be enough.

DB/WR Jeremy Deering, Leto High (Tampa)
ScarletReport.com's take: Is he a safety, running back or receiver? If he heads to Rutgers, his home likely will be in the secondary, although the Scarlet Knights' need at receiver could land him on offense. He already visited Florida, Florida State, Illinois and Purdue. In a high school program where others transferred out to play at a higher level, Deering stuck it out.
What to look for: Deering wasn't high on visiting Rutgers because he came up for the summer, but Rutgers coach Greg Schiano has a good relationship with him and that could be key. While it isn't out of the question for Deering to land at Rutgers, it will take a huge selling job this weekend to land him.

LS Trevor Gillette, Lake Travis High (Austin, Texas)(Committed to Rice)
ScarletReport.com's take: Yes, Gillette plays tight end, but his value is as a long-snapper, which is why Rutgers is bringing him on a trick. According to Lake Travis interim coach Hank Carter, "he is that good.'' His inclusion on the visit list was reported this morning on the premium message board. Less than a week ago Gillette committed to Rice, but now is being recruited by Rutgers, Tennessee, TCU and Texas Tech. He likely will receive an offer during his trip to Rutgers.
What to look for: A snap decision isn't expected. He remains committed to Rice, but will likely take is time to figure out his next move. The Vols are trying to get a visit, which could come next weekend.

RB Jawan Jamison, The Bolles School (Jacksonville)
ScarletReport.com's take: Two months ago the Scarlet Knights were the leader, but South Carolina's inclusion into the recruitment clouds things a bit. Northern Illinois is another option, and Texas Tech is trying to get involved. He can run between the tackles and possesses enough shiftiness to make folks miss, even if he is not explosive.
What to look for: If Rutgers pushes hard, it may be able to get a commitment at the end of the visit. However, with Casey Turner committed and Mustafa Greene down to Rutgers and North Carolina State, the Scarlet Knights may be content to sit and wait until Greene announces a decision before pushing hard for Jamison.

DB Rashad Knight, Trinity Christian (Ocala, Fla.)
ScarletReport.com's take: Knight's last three are an eclectic mix, with this week's trip to Rutgers sandwiched by last week's trip to Michigan and next week's visit to Ole Miss. He has the speed to be a very good corner and likes to play physically, which is a plus.
What to look for: The coaching situation at Michigan is keeping the Wolverines from being the leader, but that he visiting Rutgers speaks to his interest. The Scarlet Knights were in the background for a while in this recruitment, but have a legitimate shot. But Knight doesn't look like he will decide this weekend.

CB Dionte Ponder, Trinity Catholic (Jacksonville)
ScarletReport.com's take: For a while the Scarlet Knights backed off recruiting Ponder, but the need to land another cornerback in this class brought them back to Ponder. He is intelligent and a smart player, but the question is whether he has enough speed to play cornerback in the Big East. If Rutgers land Knight, Ponder could fall out of the mix.
What to look for: With visits to Troy and Cincinnati in the books, the only one left after the weekend is Middle Tennessee State. If Rutgers presses the issue, perhaps Ponder will commit since he seems high on Rutgers. But if Rutgers gets a good vibe from Knight, things may move a little slower with Ponder.

Rutgers will also host seven players already committed to Rutgers:
WR Jawaun Wynn, Piscataway (N.J.) High
LB David Milewski, Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.)
OL Chris Fonti, Wayne Hills
QB Chas Dodd, Byrnes High (Duncan, S.C.)
WR Jordan Thomas, Union-Endicott(N.Y.) High
LB Sam Bergen, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) high
OL/DL Taj Alexander, Downingtown East (Exton, Par.)

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