Abner Logan Jr. deciding before Christmas

Three-star linebacker Abner Logan Jr. (Newton, Mass./Dexter School) is expected to make his college choice before Christmas, and it appears he'll choose either Maryland or North Carolina State.

Logan is also considering Northwestern, but he has not heard if he'll gain admission.

“His paperwork has been in since July, but he can't get a read on whether he would be accepted or not because of the NCAA,” Dexter School coach Casey Day explained.

“At Northwestern you have to gain your provisional admission before they can give you an official visit. NC State and Maryland want to know [his decision] by Christmas, so there's some pressure because those schools only have so many scholarships to give. Because Northwestern has higher academic standards it's a little more risky. He'd really be rolling the dice by waiting on Northwestern, which is a shame because I think it would be a great fit for him.”

Logan is the No. 3 prospect from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012 and is the state's top uncommitted prospect from that class. His choice may come down to what position he would prefer to play. Maryland is recruiting him to play linebacker, but NC State would like him to play running back.

“I think he's intrigued by the idea of playing running back,” Day said. “That's one of the things that makes him attractive is he can do both.”

Don Bosco teammates considering Notre Dame

ESPNU 150 cornerback Yuri Wright and four-star safety Elijah Shumate, both of whom played for Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., will each take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

Wright, the No. 3 player at his position nationally, has also visited Colorado and is scheduled to visit Michigan next weekend.

Shumate has visited Rutgers and South Carolina, and earlier this week said he is considering a visit to Georgia Tech.

Golden will visit Connecticut

Three-star athlete Malik Golden (Newington, Conn./Cheshire Academy) committed to Penn State in August but will take an official visit to Connecticut this weekend.

Golden was also considering Boston College, Connecticut and Iowa when he selected Penn State. He was recruited to play either wide receiver or defensive back.