Signing Day: One-stop Shopping

The Scarlet Knights got two more commitments on signing day to push the class total to 24. Also, players, coaches and adminstrators at the high schools told all the committed players sent their NLIs to Rutgers. But there are still a few things going on wit the Scarlet Knights. And if you missed anything, check out our timeline of the day.

This is your one-stop shopping spot for Signing Day, where you will get updated on the latest happenings involving Rutgers throughout the day, beginning with early morning decisions to coverage of Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano's 4 p.m. press conference, where he will introduce and talk about the 2010 recruiting class.

Throughout the day will continue updating this story, with a timeline so you won't miss a thing. There will also be real-time updates on the premium message board.

If you want to keep track of which signed national letters of intent (NLI) reached Rutgers, those names will be updated throughout the day here and on the message board.

3:54 p.m.
Just got off the phone with West Morris (Chester, N.J.) running back Michael Burton, who said he accepted an offer to walk-on at Rutgers.

"I was waiting on a few schools on signing day, but things didn't work out (with other offers), but that's ok,'' Burton said. "I'm happy with where I'm at right now, and what's going on with Rutgers right now.''

3:35 p.m.
Spoke to Lodi High linebacker Joe Falato a few moments ago and he said he signed paperwork to ensure his preferred walk-on status with the Scarlet Knights.

His plan, like many of the local scholarship guys, is to travel to campus a few times a week to work out. He will also be a regular at spring practice.

"Now I want to get there and earn a scholarship,'' Falato said. "If you're on scholarship or not, you have to earn your playing time. I want to prove I can play with anybody.''

3:30 p.m.
Just got to Rutgers for the press conference, which begins at 4 p.m., and like we reported earlier, all the NLIs are in and approved and registered.

2:05 p.m.
Just got a text from Michael Burton of West Morris (Chester, N.J.) saying he is still waiting to hear from Pittsburgh about a scholarship.

If he does not get an offer from Pittsburgh, he said he will be a preferred walk-on at Rutgers.

1:18 p.m.
If Kenneth Kirksey can achieve a necessary test score, it could do wonders for the Scarlet Knights down the road.

His defensive line coach at Mainland High of Daytona Beach, Fla., has gushed about Kirksey every time the two of us talked.

Here is what he had to say today about Kirksey, who is 6-foot-1, 275 pounds.

"He's actually the best one I ever coached in nine years,'' DL coach Rod Smith said. "With that size and ability and speed and strength and power …it's like if you could build the ideal nose guad in high school football, it would be him.''

Kirksey is also fit and lean, with plenty of room to add another 20 pounds.

"He's extremely solid. The kid is built like a tank,'' Smith said. "He's solid all the way through. In my mind, he can actually play fullback. He's a legit 4.7. You can time that time after time after time.

"If you can picture a big cat, a lion, and how they move at that size, that's what he is like.''

Smith also said Kirksey was "very close'' to getting the necessary passing score on his SATs.

12:37 p.m.
LS/TE/DE Travis Gillette still has not signed his NLI to Rice, according to Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) coach Hank Carter.

"I saw him this morning and we talked about it, but I'm not sure what he is going to do,'' Carter said. "I thought it would be done by now."

Gillette visited Rutgers, but it sounds as if Rice, Texas Tech and TCU are above the Scarlet Knights on Gillette's list.

12:14 p.m.
Mainland High assistant coach Rod Smith just called and said Kenneth Kirksey's NLI was sent to Rutgers.

After talking or texting with either the player, his coach or the school athletic director, has been told by those parties each recruit's NLI has been sent to Rutgers.

11:56 a.m.
Edward H. White athletic director John Gwynes said Casey Turner's NLI was sent.

11:37 a.m.
Jeremy Deering just texted me that he sent his NLI to Rutgers.

11:22 a.m.
Lorenzo Waters just texted his NLI is in.

11:18 a.m.
Gareef Glashen just texted he signed and sent his NLI.

Taj Alexander's also texted that he sent his letter in at 9:30 a.m.

11:13 a.m.
Jawan Jamison sent his NLI.

11:05 a.m.
Chas Dodd's NLI is in.

10:54 a.m.
Jefferson of Tampa coach Michael Fenton said Fred Overstreet's NLI was sent in.

10:48 a.m.
Marcus Thompson, Jorge Vicioso and Tejay Johnson sent their NLIs in.

10:32 a.m.

West Morris of Chester running back Michael Burton said he is talking with Pittsburgh and Rutgers, and should know something by noon.

10:10 a.m.
Jordan Thomas, Rob Forst, Rashad Knight and Jawaun Wynn all sent their NLIs in.

9:36 a.m.
The twisting and turning recruitment of Edward H. White running back Casey Turner ended with the Jacksonville (Fla.) running back signing with Rutgers, according to the school's athletic director John Gwynes.

"He just signed with Rutgers,'' Gwynes said.

There is a story up on Turner on the home page.

9:18 a.m.
David Milewksi sent his NLI in.

8:34 a.m.
Mainland High of Daytona Beach (Fla.) defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey called to say he is signing with Rutgers at 10 a.m.

He chose the Scarlet Knights over Iowa State and Florida International.

"I see them in the next four years winning a national championship,'' Kirksey said. There will be more on Kirksey on the home page.

8:33 a.m.
Brandon Coleman texted that his letter is in.

8:25 a.m.
Allan Held, the coach at South Broward High, texted that Djwany Mera sent his NLI to Rutgers.

8:07 a.m.
Lodi linebacker Joe Falato said he has accepted an invitation to walk-on at Rutgers rather than accept a partial scholarship at James Madison.

"I love the facilities, the way the academics are because they haven't had a football player fail out in nine years,'' he said. "It seems like it's about football, but it's more about succeeding there and enjoying it. When I went there, the players were joking on the coaches, and he coaches were joking right back at the players.''

Falato said he is hoping to get some academic scholarship money from Rutgers.

"I wanted to stay close to home so my family could come see me play,'' he said.

Falato added he will sign his NLI later today.

7:58 a.m.
Chris Fonti texted he sent in his NLI.

7:44 a.m.
Trinity Catholic (Ocala, Fla.) cornerback Dionte Ponder texted "I'm going to commit to Troy."

7:04 a.m.
Sam Bergen texted he just sent in his NLI
J.T. Tartacoff sent his NLI

Here's a primer to get you ready for the action

Many of Rutgers' committed players said they will send in their NLIs early in the morning, from East Stroudsburg (Pa.) linebacker Sam Bergen and Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) linebacker David Milewski saying they will send theirs in at 7 a.m., to Trinity Catholic Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) safety Rashad Knight signing at his school at 2:30 p.m.

Union-Endicott (N.Y.) High's Jordan Thomas texted to say he already signed his NLI, and he will be faxing it between 7-7:30 a.m.

As of midnight, was not hearing of any defections or changes of heart from any of the players committed to Rutgers.

One expected NLI for Rutgers from a non-committed player is Mainland High of Daytona Beach, Fla., defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey. He has already told the Scarlet Knights he wants to go there, but he wants his signing ceremony to hold some drama so he kept from making an announcement.

He has been telling for a month Rutgers was his leader, including Sunday as he sat in the airport waiting to travel home. Kirksey is set to announce at 10 a.m. and is choosing between Rutgers, Iowa State and Florida International.

Edward H. White (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Casey Turner will announce at a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. He committed to FIU, changed to Rutgers, then flipped to North Carolina.

Riverhead (N.Y.) High linebacker Malcolm Cater's recruitment has been a back-and-forth affair between Syracuse and Rutgers, and he will decide between the two …maybe. Cater is supposed to announce in the morning, but is hearing Rutgers and Syracuse have been disappointed in the recent back-and-forth and may pull back on him.

Trinity Catholic of Ocala, Fla., cornerback Dionte Ponder is deciding today, but Rutgers appears to have pulled back from him as well. Ponder is also considering Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Middle Tennessee State and Troy.

Rutgers remains heavy after Lake Travis High (Austin, Texas) long snapper Trevor Gillette, who can also play tight end or defensive end. He is committed to Rice, but the Scarlet Knights are still in the picture.

West Morris High of Chester running back Michael Burton likely will walk-on at Rutgers if Pittsburgh doesn't offer him a scholarship. Burton also has offers from several Football Championship Subdivision schools, but seems committed to playing at a BCS school.

Linebacker Shane Meisner of The Kiskiminetas Springs School (Saltsburg, Pa.) is being looked at as a possible scholarship guy, if Rutgers has one remaining in the end. He texted late Tuesday he is waiting to hear Wednesday from Rutgers and Buffalo about possible offers.

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