Ramik Wilson Says RU Recruiting Him Hardest

Rutgers signed a player from Jefferson High in Tampa, Fla., in last year's class, and now the Scarlet Knights are recruiting another with fervor. Linebacker Ramik Wilson holds 17 offers, but he told ScarletReport.com no school is recruiting him harder than Rutgers. The question is whether he is interested in joining former teammate Fred Overstreet in New Jersey. What did Wilson say about it?

There is a really good chance Jefferson High (Tampa, Fla.) linebacker Ramik Wilson will get the mail today, sort through it and find an envelope from Rutgers.

Same thing will likely happen Thursday, and Friday, and …well, you get the idea.

Wilson, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker, holds 17 offers from schools in the Big East, Big Ten, SEC, Conference USA and other non-BCS conferences, but no one is showing him more attention than the Scarlet Knights.

"Rutgers is blowing me up." Wilson said. "During the recruiting time when they could call me, they would call. They write me letters every day from the whole coaching staff. Every day I check the mail, there's a red letter that says ‘Rutgers.' "

The messages inside the letters range from academics to the rise of Rutgers football to how Wilson would fit into the defense.

"They say this would be a great fit for me, I could help be a difference maker on defense,'' Wilson said, "and I have a good chance of playing early. It's stuff like that."

Arkansas, Middle Tennessee State and Iowa State are also recruiting Wilson hard, but not to the level of the Scarlet Knights, who could receive a camp visit from Wilson later this month.

Wilson said he needs to talk about a possible trip with Rutgers assistant Chris Hewitt, who is recruiting Jefferson High, to see if he can work something out with former prep teammate Fred Overstreet, who will enroll at Rutgers on June 27.

"The camps I am still trying to get to are Arkansas and Rutgers," Wilson said. "Fred leaves June 26, and he wants me to come up there to (Rutgers') campus the same day. We still have to talk about that."

Wilson said he has no leaders, but a recent trip to Georgia's camp caught him by surprise.

"I'm really going to leave it open, but that trip to Georgia …I'm liking Georgia a little bit,'' Wilson said. "I knew about Georgia, and I liked Georgia, but when they came to our practice, they just watched me. They really didn't show me any attention, like they liked me.

"Then, I went to their camp and all the coaches are like, ‘Hey, what's up Ramik?' I was like, ‘Dang.' Nearly every coach knew my name, and I took a tour and it was awesome and all that. The stadium was huge."

Wilson added he spent a lot of time with Bulldogs linebackers coach Warren Belin.

"I was with the linebackers coach like eight hours, doing drills with him," he said. "We connected a little bit."

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