Rutgers Ends Strong With Recruiting Class; Clemmings, Fonti, Willis Talk Recruiting

The 2010 Rutgers recruiting class is like a bottle of fine wine.

It gets better with time.

The Scarlet Knights over the last two days landed two four-star recruits and two three-star prospects to a class that currently stands at 24 players heading into Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

With the additions of 6-foot-6 four-star wide receiver Brandon Coleman of Forestville, Md., and 5-10 four-star safety Rashad Knight of Jacksonville, Fla., the Knights are headed strong to the finish line.

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**Check out the Video Player at right later today for interviews with T.J. Clemmings of Paterson Catholic (Pittsburgh), Chris Fonti of Wayne Hills (Rutgers) and Mike Wills of Rutherford (Princeton). These guys combine to be 19 feet, 6 inches and 880 pounds of offensive and defensive linemen.

**Brooklyn Sal also has an interview with five-star DE Dominique Easley of Curtis High School on Staten Island, a top five national recruit.

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Stephenson, Cheek Among Group to Sign Late; Brandon Jennings on His European Vacation

Lance Stephenson and Dominic Cheek will still be on the board after the NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday.

Stephenson, the 6-foot-5 guard known as “Born Ready” from Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, and Cheek, a 6-5 wing from St. Anthony in Jersey City, are among an elite group of high school basketball players who have chosen to wait until the spring to pick a college.

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And hit play above for the latest installment of our interview with recruiting expert Tom Konchalski, in which he says Lance Stephenson is being “under-recruited” and also discusses Brandon Jennings’ move to Europe and its implications for other prep players.

Speaking of Jennings, Chris Broussard of ESPN The Mag went to Italy and has this video interview with the former Oak Hill star. Jennings’ advice to those who might follow him to Europe: “Don’t come over here for the money.” And his plans for what’s next? “The NBA, that’s what’s next.”

Konchalski on Cheek, Strickland and Jackson; Carolina Has Best Recruiting Class for '09

As part of SNY’s extensive NCAA early signing period coverage, we will unveil over the next few days a five-part interview with nationally respected recruiting expert Tom Konchalski of the HSBI Report. In this piece that we filmed last week at the SNY studio in Manhattan, Tom gives his impressions of three of the top local players from the Class of 2009: uncommitted wing Dominic Cheek of St. Anthony, who is considering Kansas, Memphis, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Rutgers and will likely sign in the spring; North Carolina-bound guard Dexter Strickland of St. Patrick of Elizabeth, N.J.; and Rice commit Tamir Jackson of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark.

Stay tuned for more….