Weekend Recruiting Roundup: Decommitted Amir Watts speaking to Syracuse

Time to put a smile on your face as you being this work week, because from Aug. 25 to Aug. 31, it is Be Kind to Humankind Week (BK2HK). Get out and recognize people and the kind acts that they perform all across the globe, but make sure it’s not someone from Georgetown. Zing! On to our links…

Chicago Phillips junior defensive lineman Amir Watts decommitted from Western Michigan last week, and he chats with Scout.com’s Beth Long about the next steps in his recruiting process. Specifically, Watts says that Kentucky, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Kansas, and Tennessee have kept in touch with him.

Plant High School opened its season with a 31-21 win, and Judge Culpepper and Scoop Bradshaw were among the stars. The Herald-Tribune highlighted Culpepper’s 79-yard touchdown pass in the first half. Later, Bradshaw took an end around that resulted in a 44-yard scoring run.

Moe Neal also enjoyed an auspicious start to his senior season, as he scored all four touchdowns for Forestview in a 28-14 win. The 2016 Syracuse commit took runs of 37, 55, 22 and 61 yards into the end zone.

» Related: Moustapha Diagne will not play for Syracuse

Lawrenceville Academy’s AJ Dillon talks about his recruitment process with Today’s U Eric Rutter. Dillon holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Syracuse, Temple, Villanova and Virginia. “Its hard sometimes to remember I’m only a junior and offers don’t really come this early for everyone,” Dillon said. “I just want to be the best, so I look at who is ranked better than me. I don’t think they’re necessarily better, but I look at the kids at the top with 30 offers.”

One last note on football: The Miami Herald released its Top 25 football players for Class of 2017 and there are several Syracuse recruits are on the list including: Cody Bowes, Anthony White Jr., and Daewood Davis.

On basketball, former 2016 Syracuse recruit Kassoum Yakwe committed to St. John’s on Sunday evening. Yakwe had narrowed his choices to the Red Storm and Oregon, but ultimately picked Chris Mullin’s squad because he wanted to stay closer to home.

The Moustapha Diagne saga continues. NJ.com’s Jeremy Schneider says that the NCAA has not ruled on Diagne’s status yet, and the issue centers around a class he took as a freshman in his native Senegal. “Moustapha is still waiting for his eligibility status from the NCAA. Unfortunately, the ruling hasn’t come soon enough,” Pope John coach Jason Hasson said.

Scout.com’s Brian Snow recaps the Under Armour Elite 24 over the weekend, and took specific note of Syracuse recruit Trevon Duval’s play. Though Duval finished with only eight points, Snow was impressed with Duval’s nine assists to just two turnovers. Syracuse, Villanova, Oregon, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, and Maryland are among the schools involved in Duval’s recruiting process.

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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