Ryan Brodie down to three schools

Three-star offensive tackle Ryan Brodie (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch) has spent much of December whittling down the number of colleges he's considering.

Brodie, the No. 11 prospect from New Jersey in the Class of 2012, had trimmed his list to five schools last week but said via text message that he's now considering only three: Rutgers, Miami and Connecticut.

Brodie, who didn't begin playing organized football until his sophomore season, scratched West Virginia from his list after taking an official visit there earlier this month. Illinois also made his top five.

Brodie took an official visit to Connecticut last month. He said he will take official visits to Rutgers and Miami, as well, but won't announce his decision until national signing day (Feb. 1).

Five of the top-10 recruits from New Jersey have committed, and two of those players -- four-star athlete Davon Jacobs (Wayne) and four-star athlete Steve Longa (Sadlebrook) -- have committed to Rutgers. Nine of the 15 players in Rutgers' 2012 class are from New Jersey.

Morgan down to two?

Although some media outlets have Rutgers still in the mix, Wayne Morgan (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall) makes it sound like the battle for his services has become a two-team race between Syracuse and Connecticut.

Morgan, a four-star safety, took an official visit to Syracuse earlier this month and said he plans to visit Connecticut in January.

“I want to go to a school that really wants me,” Morgan said. “Those two are the schools that are showing the most interest.”