Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Early Offer: Rutgers reeling
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Rutgers was assembling one of the best classes in the country, but that changed after a two-day stretch when two ESPN 300 recruits decommitted; while most of the attention has been on Florida State, Auburn could be a sleeper for one of the nation’s top receivers; and Ohio State loses a receiver pledge but it could open the door for other targets at the position.
It’s never a good thing to lose commitments. But when three players back away from pledges in less than 48 hours, it certainly raises eyebrows. That was the story for Rutgers as three of the top recruits in the Scarlet Knights’ class announced they were no longer committed. It started on Sunday with the news that ESPN 300 receiver Adonis Jennings (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek) was back on the market, and then things snowballed when three-star cornerback Lamont Simmons (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines) and ESPN 300 athlete Kiy Hester (Wayne, N.J./DePaul Catholic) decommitted on Monday. Hester is looking to take some official visits, and will not be staying committed to Rutgers during that process. Simmons had already been looking around at other schools like Georgia Tech, and Jennings is likely to land at either Pitt or Iowa now that he’s moved on from Rutgers. What once looked like a promising class that ranked as the No. 18 class in the nation, is suddenly full of holes.
Watch out for Auburn Florida State emerged as the school to beat after a recent official visit for four-star receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), but one college source said to keep an eye on Auburn if the Tigers can get an official visit. Guess what? The Tigers are now expected to host the nation’s No. 61 player and seventh-best receiver on a visit this weekend.
Ohio State loses commit Four-star receiver Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) backed away from his commitment to Ohio State on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect had been a long-time Buckeye pledge, but now that he’s not in the class, it potentially opens the door for other receiver targets like highly coveted Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer).