January 5, 2007

Army East recruiting: New leader for Austin

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - While Friday was just a walk-through day for the East team, there was plenty of big recruiting news coming from all directions led by a new leader for the nation's No. 2 player, defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

'Noles take charge

The distance between Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles is becoming bigger and bigger when it comes to Austin's decision.

"I can't see myself going that far," said the 6-foot-2, 320-pounder. "The more I think about it the further away it seems."

Austin recently spoke with USC transfer Antwine Perez, who is transferring to Maryland or Michigan.

"He didn't really talk a lot about the distance, it was more about not being allowed to ball," said Austin. "When you're not playing football it can seem like a long way from home. I think I'd play right away but it's still a long distance."

That puts one school in the driver's seat for Austin's services.

"I guess you could say Florida State is on top now," he said. "North Carolina is up there as well but I'm really feeling FSU. I'm still going on an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Jan. 12, Jan. 19 is my official to FSU and then I might take an official to Maryland after that but I'm not sure yet."

Is Southern Cal out for good?

"Nah, they're still in there but I can't see getting past the distance."

Change of heart and position?

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln tight end Lansford Watson hasn't been able to do too much when it comes to on-field activity this week due to an injured foot. However, he has learned one thing in his limited time on the field.

"I don't want to play tight end," said the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder who plays wideout in high school. "I don't want to be blocking those 280-pound guys all the time and not getting the ball where I can do some things. I'm going to drop the weight when I get back home and get down to around 215 pounds. I want to play wideout."

That decision could also affect his college destination.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to end up at Maryland," he said. "I'm going to take visits to Syracuse and Rutgers for sure when I get back. They've recruited me as a wide receiver since the beginning. I guess I didn't realize how much I'd miss playing wide receiver until I got down here."

Watson hasn't set any official visit dates as of yet.

"I'll do that when I get back home."

More good news for Rutgers

All indications are that Piscataway, N.J. offensive tackle Anthony Davis will put on a Rutgers hat on Saturday when he announces his decision sometime during the game. While Davis has been very tight-lipped about the decision, some of his teammates have not, referring to the Scarlet Knights often when he's around.

Davis will choose between Rutgers and Ohio State but based on what his teammates and another very good source have been saying, it will be Greg Schiano's team.

Four for Noel

Florida running back Noel Devine is still deciding whether he'll attend Milford Academy or Hargrave Military and if it will be this upcoming semester or in August. Devine plans to take a visit to Milford next week when he returns from San Antonio.

As for college choices, Devine said that four schools are still in the mix for him.

"LSU, West Virginia, Florida and Florida State are still recruiting me," he said. "It all depends on if I get my test score or not if I'll sign someplace. I don't have any leaders right now, I want to visit Milford first and then take things from there."

More from J'Courtney

Wednesday we broke the news that Virginia commitment J'Courtney Williams was thinking about taking an official visit to Virginia Tech in January after talking with Hokie commitment Tyrod Taylor. Now it seems another school is in the mix as well.

Sources have told me that J'Courtney's mom has contacted North Carolina as has expressed interest in the Heels as well. What will come of this, if anything, is not yet known but there is some life to this.

Irish eyes will be….

Will Irish eyes be smiling after Saturday? The answer to that sounds a lot like no with a little bit of yes thrown in. No, Irish fans won't be thrilled if safety/linebacker Lorezo Edwards commits to Florida as expected. And they will certainly be upset if Chris Donald picks Tennessee as the most recent rumors indicate after the Irish were the team to beat earlier in the week. And if Ben Martin picks Ohio State as many expect and if Chris Little picks FSU, it will look like a whitewash for Notre Dame. However, sources indicate that offensive tackle Matt Romine will be picking the Irish to provide some excitement for Notre Dame fans.

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