Rutgers Commit Buie Tearing It Up

Rutgers commit and four-star running back Chevelle Buie has nine touchdowns and is averaging more than seven yards per carry for Cocoa (Fla.) High, the 12-ranked team in the nation. In the process, the Tigers have won 28 straight games. And with his strong play and high visibility Cocoa High, it means other teams are still after him. Buie addressed his commitment status as well.

For those with little idea about the talent on Cocoa (Fla.) High, they found out when the Tigers stunned Abilene (Tx) High in DeSoto, Texas.

It is also when four-star running back and Rutgers commit Chevelle Buie, who is heading to the Scarlet Knights to play receiver, announced his big-play arrival to the nation.

In helping Cocoa to a 4-0 start and a No. 12 ranking in USA Today's Top 25, Buie is averaging 7.23 yards per carry and has scored nine total touchdowns.

"I think it's the group of guys together, we just want to win so bad," the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Buie said. "We know what we have to every week. All we want to do is win. We want to be No. 1, that's on our mind."

The Sept. 10 win against Abilene took that a long way, and Buie was the catalyst as he rushed 13 times for 136 yards and two scores (including a 76-yarder) and caught two passes for 88 yards (including a 78-yarder) and a score in a 24-21 win.

"I would say that was the biggest win in Cocoa High history," Buie said. "It put us high in the rankings. This is the first time we have been ranked this high."

On the season, Buie rushed 53 times for 383 yards and six scores. He also has seven catches for 160 yards and two scores, and returned a kickoff 77 yards for a score.

"My coach is going to put the ball in my hands a lot every game, so I'm just trying to make things happen," Buie said. "I don't have a good game every game, but if we see you're not very athletic, we're going to come after you. We might come at you, we might throw at you because we've got speed on our team. We put guys out there and we can fly around."

Buie also noticed a difference in the way defenses are game-planning for him, but it did nothing to slow him down in a 42-0 win two weeks ago against Atlantic High (Port Orange, Fla.).

He carried five times for 109 yards and caught three passes for 44 yards …in the first quarter.

"You look at the film now and they have eight (players) in the box," Buie said. "Last year they showed six or seven in the box with two high safeties, and I was pretty shocked by that. I came out with five rushes and 109 yards in the first quarter."

On Friday, the Tigers visit rival Merritt Island (Fla.) High, which was the last team to defeat Cocoa.

Since the loss early in the 2008 season, the Tigers won 28 straights games.

"It's an across-the-river rivalry, and they beat us two years ago," Buie said. "It's our only loss in two years. This is one we have to get. We've got o have this one."

Buie committed to Rutgers after camping there in late June, but it hasn't deterred schools from recruiting him.

He said letters from other schools are "pouring in," but he remains "solid" in his commitment to Rutgers and plans on making a few trips to New Jersey prior to signing day.

"I've been talking to the (Rutgers) coaches every week," Buie said. "I was going to go to the North Carolina game, but I didn't because, to tell you the truth, I kind of got tired flying because we were flying the last couple of weeks.

"I'm going to be going to a couple of games this season. I'll probably take an official visit after the season."


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