Garden State Corner Has Big Ten Interest

The Glassboro, N.J., junior camped at Penn State Sunday and has Rutgers in focus as the summer kicks off.

Ronnie James isn't close to making a decision. Instead, he's waiting to see how things play out.

The Glassboro, N.J., junior joined Penn State commitment and teammate Juwan Johnson at University Sunday for the Lions first camp of the summer.

Meanwhile, another Big Ten program, Rutgers, has offered and is showing the cornerback plenty of interest.

Syracuse is also showing the defender interest, and the Orange were the latest to extend an offer a few weeks back.

"I definitely had fun," James said of his Penn State experience. "For the one-on-ones, I thought I did pretty good, but I think I could have done better [during testing]."

James was unsure how he would perform after a lengthy indoor and outdoor track season that stretched from winter into spring, but at the end of the day, the 5-foot-11, 177-pounder was happy with how things went.

However, Penn State did not extend an offer.

"I just wanted to come up here and have fun," he said. "They were telling me I did a god job, but if I messed up here or there, they were getting me in the right position.

Additional summer visits have not been planned, but one to Piscataway, N.J., to see the Scarlet Knights and his recruiter, secondary coach Darrell Wilson, could be on tap.

Rutgers offered the younger brother of current Scarlet Knights' running back Paul in February, and have kept a steady stream of contact since. James said they have kept tabs the most out of all programs that have offered (a total of three have to date) or shown interest to date.

"Rutgers is almost every other day with talking," James said. "My brother recruits me for there a lot, but besides that, you feel like you're at home when you're at Rutgers.

That's, like, my main part with them.

Wilson has played a big role, as well, the junior said.

"He's a great guy," James said. "He's down to earth; he'll talk to you about anything. He's not afraid to confront you if he sees you doing something wrong or anything of that sort.

"He's a pretty cool guy.

James said he was unsure which coach from Syracuse extended an offer to him, but it hasn't kept the Orange out of contention.

"I definitely wouldn't think Syracuse would come into see me," he said. "It's cold up there, which is like iffy, but that's something you can get used to.

"It's a big shock that Syracuse came in.


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