South Florida DB commits to Rutgers

Rutgers' busy last recruiting weekend is ending with a flurry when a cornerback from South Florida committed to the Scarlet Knights. The player was previously commiitted to another Big East school, but was still being recruited by several schools for the last few months. After meeting the Rutgers staff over the weekend, he decided to commit to the New Jersey school.

Miami (Fla.) Carol City cornerback Gareef Glashen was being recruited by other schools despite a commitment to Syracuse, but he wanted it kept under wraps.

However, after a weekend official visit to Rutgers and switching his commitment to the Scarlet Knights, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Glashen is ready to talk about his new school.

"I committed to Rutgers,'' he said. "I didn't want it out there before, but I'm cool with it right now.''

The decision became easy for Glashen after he was able to meet with Schiano, several other members of the Scarlet Knights staff, and meet the players and tour the facility.

"I love coach Schiano. That's first,'' Glashen said. "I love everything; the defense they run, the school. It's a family atmosphere.''

And it was the trustful and truthful vibe Glashen got from Schiano during the official visit that was the final selling point.

"Out of all the places I visited, and all the coaches I met, he's the one that kept it real honest with me,'' Glashen said. "He just feels like a truthful guy. A lot of coaches these days are moving from school to school, but he's one of the coaches that stayed real loyal to his program.''

After making the commitment but before word could get out, Glashen called the Syracuse coaching staff to break the news.

"They were real mad and sad,'' Glashen said. "But I felt that Rutgers was a better fit for me. The difference between Syracuse and Rutgers, from where I'm coming from, it's a better atmosphere for where I can live at, and the academic program is a lot of better.

Syracuse is a good school, but as far as helping kids and things like that, coach Schiano is doing a good job and team-wise, it is so good. I felt like we're going to win a national championship there.''

As a senior, Glashen had 58 tackles, including six for loss, an interception, 12 pass breakups and three fumbles forced.

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