Jersey WR Pulling In Offers

Although he's not counting, New Jersey's Dwayne Jarrett estimates that he already has more than 25 scholarship offers. Is he in a hurry to make a choice? Do the Nittany Lions fit into his current plans?

Name: Dwayne Jarrett
Position: WR
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205 pounds
40 Yard Dash: 4.45 seconds
School: New Brunswick, NJ (New Brunswick HS)

Currently ranked as the number six receiver in the nation by, New Brunswick star Dwayne Jarrett continues to receive a lot of attention from schools across the country. At 6'4", 205 lbs and a 4.45 in the 40 yard dash, he has the ideal size and speed to excel on the collegiate level.

So, seemingly with offers from just about every major Division I program, what does Jarrett look for in a school during this recruiting process?

"First is academics," Dwayne said without hesitation. "I want to graduate before anything, before football. That's the most important thing, getting my degree. Then I look at the coaching staff, how comfortable I feel with the coaches. I look at the positions, how many people they have graduating and how many people they have coming in. Then I look at the social life. That's about it."

Jarrett has already begun to familiarize himself with what several of the schools within driving distance have to offer.

"I've been to Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland and Pittsburgh. I'm going back down to Pittsburgh the beginning of August and I'm going to try to get up to Boston College."

Although Jarrett currently states that he does not have a favorite, his grew up as a fan of USC. So is a visit out to the west coast in the foreseeable future?

"Right now, I'm just going to wait until my official visit to go out there because it costs a lot of money to fly from here to California. So, I'm just going to wait for my official in November to go out there. I'm definitely taking one there. I know I'm definitely taking an official visit to Virginia, Syracuse and Pitt right now.

"Those are my top picks right now and I'm debating on Miami and Ohio State."

The Hurricanes and Buckeyes have also made scholarship offers to Jarrett. The Nittany Lions, noticeably absent from Dwayne's list of favorites, have not yet extended a written scholarship offer.

"They want to offer me, but Coach [Joe] Paterno wants to meet me first because that's how they do it. He said they like meeting the players first before they offer. So, he wants to meet me and that's another school that I'm going to try to get up to. My head coach is going to take me up there."

Penn State's impressive graduation rates have to be attractive to a prospect listing academics and his desire to graduate from college as the most important factors in his selection of a university.

"They send me a lot of stuff on their graduation rates. The last thing they sent me, it was about 84%. It was like in the top 5. I know Penn State and Syracuse are way up there."

Coach Fran Ganter has been his main contact at Penn State.

"The last time I spoke with them was last month when I was in school, like late June. I called them. I spoke to Coach Ganter and he was telling me how much they want me to come up, so I told him I would see what I could do this summer and to try my best to get up there.

Jarrett seems optimistic about his chances to visit PSU, which is approximately 230 miles from his New Brunswick home.

"They seem fairly good that I could get up to Penn State, because my head coach said to let him know and he would take me up there without any problem, so I think that's going to be one of the trips I'm going to make."

With a few more visits to take, Jarrett does not appear to be in hurry to make a decision.

"I'll probably decide after I take all my official visits. I want to do it before I go into basketball. Basketball starts around November 27. I'm going to try to take all my officials early so it won't interfere, but my coach understands. If I tell him that I have to take an official visit, he'd be okay with it."

Penn State can only hope Jarrett makes a visit to University Park. Make no mistakem, the Lions would be gaining an elite player if they could land Jarrett.

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