PISCATAWAY, N.J.- Many of the top skill prospects on the East Coast are on display this weekend at the Badger Elite 7-on-7 at Rutgers University.
Brooklyn's Wayne Morgan is a potential five-star prospect and recently picked up offers from Alabama and Syrcause.
Here are some recruiting notes from earlier today.
Attention increases for Morgan
Cornerback/athlete Wayne Morgan (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall) continues to get more offers and attention. Alabama and Syracuse were the most recent to offer.
“I was surprised that I got the offer from Alabama,” Morgan said. “They are one of the best programs in the country, so for them to come look at a player from Brooklyn means that I am doing something well.”
The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder, who has been timed at below 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, was equally excited about his offer from Syracuse.
“One of my best friends (Class of 2011 wide receiver) Brandon Reddish from Fort Hamilton signed with them and he’s always telling me about the school and to come and play with him,” Morgan said. “I also like the head coach (Doug Marrone) at Syracuse a lot.”
At this point, Morgan does not have any leaders, but says one school sort of stands out.
“Rutgers,” he said. “I just feel comfortable. I like their coaching staff a lot and it’s close to home so my mom can come see me play.”
Potential five-star Stefon Diggs says he would like to go to school in the Southeast where it is "warm".
Morgan added that he feels Oregon and LSU are close to offering him. He plans to take multiple unofficial visits this spring and summer.
Morgan is a potential top 50 overall prospect nationally and projects as a cornerback and return specialist in college.
Diggs has visits in mind
Potential five-star athlete Stefon Diggs (Good Counsel, Md.) has more than two dozen early verbal offers and is wide open in terms of favorites at this point.
“I am pretty much wide open,” he said. “There are no real favorites. I did take an unofficial visit to Maryland and I liked it. My mother liked it a lot, too.”
Diggs added that he plans to visit Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Carolina during a trip south this spring. He also plans to check out Michigan where his former teammate, four-star Class of 2011 cornerback Blake Countess signed last recruiting cycle and will attend the Nike Football Training Camp at Georgia in April.
“I’d prefer to play my college football somewhere where it’s warm- down south,” Diggs said.
Diggs also said he would like to hear from Oregon, LSU and USC. The Trojans, along with the Canes, Gators and Noles, were his favorite schools growing up.
Charles Tapper recently picked up a verbal offer from Oklahoma.
Diggs projects as a cornerback or wide receiver in college.
-Future247 linebacker/receiver Deontay McManus (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar) has more than two dozen verbal offers, including Oregon, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Boise State. He wants to play receiver in college and the Ducks and Cowboys are his top two. He plans on attended a junior day at Maryland in March and will take a trip to the West Coast this summer to see Cal and USC.
-Defensive end Charles Tapper (Baltimore, Md./City College) picked up a verbal offer from Oklahoma last week. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder said he was excited to get the offer from the Sooners and that he plans to make an unofficial visit to Norman “at some point.” He also likes Maryland and some other schools and plans to visit College Park in the near future.
-Virginia Tech became the first team to offer defensive back Donavon Riley (Baltimore, Md./Polytechnic) when the Hokies issued a verbal offer last week. VPI immediately became the frontrunner. “It was a dream come true to get an offer from a school like Virginia Tech,” he said. “The coaches there told me that I could play anywhere in the secondary and that they would make me a better player and a better man.”
-Cornerback DaQuan Davis (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) recently picked up his first offer, from West Virginia, and was very excited about it. He says he fits into the Mountaineers’ scheme on defense and that West Virginia was his current leader. He’s also getting interest from Maryland and South Carolina.
-Tight end Kalief Joyner (Queens, N.Y./Christ the King) is getting interest from a number of programs, including Rutgers, Syracuse, Connecticut, Penn State, Maryland and Nebraska. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder attended junior day at Rutgers and will be going to Maryland on March 5. Miami (Fla.) and Florida were his childhood favorites.
-Wide receiver Trevor Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calver Hall) has been to junior days at West Virginia and Rutgers in the last few weeks. He has interest from those two plus Penn State, Michigan State and Texas Tech. He feels that the Mountaineers and Nittany Lions may be close to offering. Miami (Fla.) was his childhood favorite, but he has not heard from the Canes.
Wide receiver Anthony Nyers is a big, fast receiver that is getting Big East interest.
-Wide receiver Anthony Nyers (Woodbridge, N.J.) is getting interest from Boston College, Rutgers and Syracuse. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder likes those three, along with Penn State. His father is the head football coach at Plainfield (N.J.) High.
-Boston College, Rutgers and Pittsburgh are showing interest in quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep). The sleeper signal caller plays in a Wing T offense for his high school team, but still managed to throw for more than 1,000 yards during his junior year.
-Running back Uriah Bethea (Upper Marlboro, Md./Henry Wise) is a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder with an offer from FCS program Towson. He is getting FBS attention, however, from Maryland, Pitt, Penn State and Western Kentucky. Bethea rushed for 1,679 yards his junior season and says that he has been timed as fast as 10.8 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
-Class of 2013 quarterback Kevin Olsen (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) is the younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound promising young signal caller has early interest in Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame and North Carolina. Rutgers, Syracuse and Pittsburgh all are showing serious interest already. We think he’s a quarterback that could emerge as a national prospect during the 2013 cycle.
-Class of 2013 safety/linebacker Buddy Brown (Williamstown, N.J.) likes Boise State, USC, Rutgers, West Virginia and Michigan State early. He had four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his sophomore year and stood out at the Next Level Nation Showcase two weeks ago in Baltimore.
-Class of 2013 wide receiver/quarterback Myles Nash (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) has interest in Florida, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Auburn. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder projects best as a receiver.
-Growing up, Class of 2014 cornerback Marques Little (Williamstown, N.J.) liked Penn State, West Virginia and Oregon. The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder plans to camp at South Carolina this summer.
-Another Class of 2014 cornerback, Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate), started two games for a talent-laden high school team as a freshman. At this point, he says he wants to play college football in the state of Florida. He listed Florida, Florida State and Miami.
JC Shurburtt contributed to this report