Four-star Washington (PA) running back Shai McKenzie has taken two of his official visits so far. He…
East Region Notes
A look around the East Region at new commitments, decommitments, visits, offers and more: The biggest news last week was the commitment of five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand choosing Alabama over long-time expected favorite Michigan. Hand made the announcement in from his school, and it represented a huge comeback for the Crimson Tide in his recruitment. It was a tough week at Rutgers as the decommitments continued, and the marquee one in the region was four-star safety Kiy Hester of Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic. He said the decommitment took place because he told the coaching staff he wanted to make other official visits, and he has one set up to Michigan State (Nov. 30) and another to Arkansas (Dec. 13). He added he is also still looking Rutgers as well as Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Miami and Missouri. It wasn't all bad news for Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights added a commitment from tight end Jordan Fuchs, a post-graduate at New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy. Fuchs originally committed to Connecticut, but went to prep school to further develop his skills. The commitment came on the same day Fuchs was offered by Temple's football and basketball programs. Speaking of UConn and Temple, Huskies commit Chasz Wright, who is at Milford Academy, said he remains committed but is talking to other schools, including Syracuse and Temple. In fact, the Owls offered Friday. Montclair (N.J.) High defensive end Darius Slade has Michigan State atop his list, even after his official visit to West Virginia and after getting an offer from Penn State. At this point, Slade isn't showing much interest in the Nittany Lions. However, before making a decision, Slade plans on making an official visit to Nebraska later this month. Virginia Tech got started on its 2015 class when Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga cornerback Marcus Lewis committed during an unofficial visit to campus to watch the Hokies play Maryland. Lewis had a busy week as he picked up offers from Iowa and Rutgers, but made the choice to commit to the Hokies. It was also a big official visit weekend for Virginia Tech as Washington (Pa.) High four-star running back Shai McKenzie, Baltimore The Gilman School outside linebacker Melvin Keihn and Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway four-star safety Monate Nicholson each made official visits. For Nicholson, it was his fifth as he now gets ready to decide his future. Nicholson also made officials to Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Florida State and Oregon, and the feeling was the Spartans have done a tremendous job with him. McKenzie is also looking at Florida State, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh, but the chances of him landing with the Panthers are much smaller after four-star Chris James committed Friday. Meanwhile, Keihn continues to look heavily at Maryland and Virginia as well as Virginia Tech. Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor made an official visit with teammate and Arizona commit Jonathan Haden, a running back, to Tucson. While e had a good time on the visit and raved about it, getting Tabor away from either Maryland or Alabama or Florida State is a Herculean task. Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara four-star offensive tackle Damian Prince followed up his official visit to Maryland by making one to Florida State to see the Seminoles host Syracuse. The visit went well, but there is still a lot of time before he makes his decision public Feb. 14. Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) High four-star offensive tackle Alex Bookser set up four official visits, and is trying to work one in to Michigan State as well. Bookser has dates set for Tennessee (Nov. 23), Penn State (Dec. 6), Ohio State (Dec. 13) and Pittsburgh (Jan. 17). Iowa spent some time looking at underclassmen in the DMV, and while Lewis is heading to Virginia Tech, 2015 teammate Jabari Greenwood was offered by the Hawkeyes. Iowa also extended an offer to 2016 offensive tackle Jauan Williams of Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll. The Hawkeyes also offered Gonzaga 2015 offensive lineman Richie Petitbon. The Gilman School class of 2015 quarterback/athlete Kai Locksley added offers from Auburn and Mississippi State. It was a nice three days for Maryland as it gained bowl eligibility with an overtime win at Virginia Tech and added depth to its class when Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh defensive back/receiver Josh Woods committed. Woods received an offer late last week and said he would commit after getting one, and then took a few days before making the decision. Former Exton (Pa.) Downingtown East safety Jay Harris gave up a chance to play at Michigan State to pursue a rap career, but then wound up at a prep school in New England. Now, he will continue his career at Western Michigan after committing there. Class of 2015 offensive line standout Grant Newsome continued to real in offers. The latest to extend one to The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School was Northwestern. Connecticut commit Justin Noye of Rochester (N.Y.) East made an official visit to Old Dominion. He remains committed to UConn, but with the coaching uncertainty he is looking around. Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic 2015 linebacker/defensive end Jamie Gordinier already had a Pittsburgh offer, and he added one from Rutgers during an unofficial visit to campus Saturday.
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