Lumpkin Picks Rutgers

There had to be a first, and Keith Lumpkin became it. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound offensive tackle became the first player from the richly-talented St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) program to commit to Rutgers since coach Greg Schiano took over in Piscataway. Lumpkin did it during an unofficial visit to the Hale Center to meet with Schiano and offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

For the first time since coach Greg Schiano arrived, a player from one of New Jersey's top programs, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), is heading to Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights picked up a non-binding oral commitment from Marauders offensive tackle Keith Lumpkin, a 6-foot-8, 275-pounder, tonight during a visit to campus, according to St. Peter's Prep coach Rich Hansen.

Lumpkin confirmed the commitment via a text message.

"He was going down there to meet with coach (Greg) Schiano, (offensive line) coach (Kyle) Flood and do it," Hansen said. "He told me he was going to do it, I set up the meeting, so I'm confident that's what he's going to do."

Lumpkin could be the first of a triumvirate of players from the school to select Rutgers.

Lumpkin's decision to commit comes a week after he and teammate Savon Huggins, a five-star running back, attended Rutgers' season opener against Norfolk State.

Both players made the trip to Rutgers after scrimmaging in the late afternoon at Camden (N.J.) Catholic. After the Scarlet Knights' 31-0 win, Lumpkin and Huggins spent a few hours speaking with Schiano about the school, and how each would be used in Rutgers' offense.

Two weeks ago Lumpkin trimmed his list to Rutgers, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and South Carolina.

Lumpkin's next task is to continue selling Rutgers to a pair of highly recruited teammates in Huggins and safety Sheldon Royster.

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