Peele Visits RU Once, Plans Saturday Return

One of the top players in New Jersey's 2012 class is four-star receiver Ruhann Peele of Linden High. He was on Rutgers' campus several times in the summer, and he was back again to see Rutgers play North Carolina. And, not only did he tell how much he enjoyed that visit, he said he will be making another trip to Rutgers in the very near future.

When Linden (N.J.) High receiver Ruhann Peele heads to Rutgers Stadium for Saturday's homecoming game against Tulane, he will get to experience the recruiting lounge, talk with the coaching staff and gain a better understanding of what game day is like from the inside.

And he should be in for a treat because the four-star class of 2012 prospect already enjoyed his first visit to a Rutgers game, which came when he and the rest of the Linden High team attended Saturday's game against North Carolina.

"It was fun. I've never been around a big crowd like that with so much people cheering for one team," Peele told "I went to a game before to a Temple game with the team, and it was in the Eagles stadium, but it wasn't as crowd and it wasn't as loud.

"Just seeing it was exciting. I can't wait to get to that level and play on that level."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Peele holds verbal offers from Temple and Rutgers, where he has visited unofficially several times.

His next trip will come this week when he and his mom visit Rutgers, and get a chance to talk to the staff and spend time with other recruits in the recruiting lounge.

And after watching the Scarlet Knights play North Carolina, Peele's is excited about his recruitment.

"Now, it's like, ‘Oh, man,' "Peele said. "I have to do everything I can to get there because I love it so much that to be able to play in front of all those people, and play at a big-time school would be a dream come true."

The invitations to games will continue to come and Peele's recruitment should intensify as his junior season progresses.

However, opposing teams already know plenty about him as Hunterdon Central and Elizabeth, respectively, treated him differently.

"The first game I got double teamed and the second game they kept putting their best corner on me, but he couldn't do much," Peele said. "The corner played deep. I was running hitches and short routes and they were giving me the ball and I was getting yards after the catch."

After the loss in the opener, Linden rebounded to beat Elizabeth (N.J.) High 49-20 last week as Peele made three catches for 79 yards and also intercepted a pass.

"I didn't expect to get double-teamed like I am," Peele said. "My coaches told me to stay in the game and keep making plays because I'm a play-maker, and don't take any plays off because a big play can happen at any time.

"I just see it as helping the team out. If they double team me, they're sleeping on other receivers on the other half of the field and maybe it opens up our offense and gives other players the chance to step up and make big plays."

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