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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Andre Civil, the Newest Knight, Talks; Bush to Announce on SNY.tv; Holmes to Rutgers
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY NEWS
**Click above for the first interview with Andre Civil, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound DE from Sheesphead Bay High in Brooklyn who is the newest Scarlet Knight. After completing two math classes at his high school, Civil enrolled at Rutgers this week and is rooming with DB Mohamed Sanu. He came into the SNY.tv studio today for his first interview. Read the full story on Civil here.
**Malcolm Bush, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound TE from Hackensack (N.J.) High School will announce on Wednesday on SNY.tv. Check back Wednesday afternoon to learn where he will attend. Hackensack head coach Mike Miello said Monday that Bush will choose from among “Rutgers, Syracuse and Pitt.”
Speaking of Hackensack, the Knights got a verbal commitment over the weekend from 6-3, 245-pound DE Junior Solice, who also plays for Miello.
**Isaac Holmes, a 6-3, 295-pound DT from Hoboken (N.J.) High School, has verbally committed to Rutgers and will sign with the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday. Holmes is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com.
“I think he”s going to go to Rutgers,” Hoboken coach Lou Taglieri said Monday by phone. “I’m as surprised as anybody. I thought it was between Maryland and Pitt. He said it was down to Maryland, Pitt and Rutgers. He gave me some pros to the Rutgers situation [on Friday]. I said, ‘Maybe you need to go home and talk to mom and dad.’
“I spoke to him about 11 o’clock and he said he wants to go to Rutgers. He’s more comfortable at Rutgers. It’s close. Everybody can see him play close to home. I was as surprised as anyone.”
Taglieri said he believes Holmes can play right away.
“He’s the type of kid who can play right away. He knows the game of football. He”s played the 4-3 here. Rutgers plays the 4-3. With the kid [Antwan] Lowery from Florida [who is 6-4, 335] they’re getting, you’re talking about 305-295 [pounds], you’ve got two inside tackles.
“Depending on the kind of offseason he has, I expect him to go in there right away and play right away.”
**Rutgers is in negotiations to play a home-and-home with Florida International, according to The-Star Ledger. FIU is coached by former Rutgers assistant Mario Cristobal. The Knights could play two 1-AA teams even if FIU is scheduled.
**Also from The Ledger, decommitments are increasing at a rapid rate, with seven players decommiting from RU this year alone.**Rutgers coach Greg Schiano will hold a press conference Wednesday at 4 o’clock to announce the 2009 recruiting class. SNY will have the presser live.
(Photo courtesy Rivals.com)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.