Napoleon: "I want to stay close to home"

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) quarterback Brandon Napoleon was offered by Rutgers, but not to play quarterback. Instead, the Scarlet Knights view Napoleon as a cornerback and kick/punt returner. Napoleon told he would prefer to stay close to home for college. So, what does he think of the offer?

When Brandon Napoleon finished working out Friday afternoon, he had a message from his father to call Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

Napoleon, a 6-foot, 175-pound quarterback and defensive back from St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), made the call and wound up with his second offer.

The Scarlet Knights join North Carolina as schools to verbally offer Napoleon.

"To get an offer from the home state school is great," Napoleon said. "To be honest, I didn't expect the offer to come until later , like when the football season started."

One of the intriguing aspects is the difference between North Carolina's offer a Rutgers' offer. The Tar Heels want Napoleon as a quarterback, which is his position of preference.

"Rutgers already told me that they're bringing me in to play cornerback and be a returner," Napoleon said. "That's the situation. Other schools, I would like to try and play quarterback but it depends on the situation.

"It's not just about football. It's about academics, and (Rutgers) has some of the best academics in the country."

There is also another interesting aspect to Napoleon's recruitment.

"I want to stay close to home," he said.

Napoleon is already familiar with Rutgers, and not just because teammates Keith Lumpkin and Savon Huggins signed with the Scarlet Knights earlier this month.

He has been to campus several times, has developed a strong relationship with receivers coach P.J. Fleck and attended junior day last month.

"Coach Fleck is one of my favorite coaches," Napoleon said. "He's very alive."

Rutgers wasn't the only program Napoleon visited recently. In late January he took an unofficial visit to North Carolina.

"It was a personal junior day to a kid they already offered," Napoleon said. "I heard a lot about it and wanted to see for myself, and I just thought the campus was really nice. It was a great experience meeting all the coaches, and they all seem sincere."

Napoleon is also being recruited by Connecticut, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Stanford. He wants to major in communications of business management.

"Rutgers and North Carolina, I know they have one of top communications program in country," Napoleon said. "I want to make an early decision."

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