Jersey Star Makes Trip to RU, Gets Offered

A rising player from Central Jersey made an unofficial visit to Rutgers over the weekend and left with a verbal offer. It is his second offer, including the one he received from Penn State, and Notre Dame and Connecticut are also getting in on him.

South Brunswick High (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) athlete Jevon Tyree made an unofficial visit to Rutgers over the weekend, and he left with his second offer.

The talented 5-foot-11, 180-pound Tyree plays running back, receiver and defensive back for the Vikings.

"I think the thing folks are the most excited about is his versatility," South Brunswick coach Rick Mantz said. "They see him playing in a lot of places. He can play in the secondary, he's quick, has great speed. He's a halfback and a slot receiver for us. He returns punts and kicks.

"For us, he can play both as a corner and a safety. He's very explosive."

Tyree also holds an offer from Penn State, and Connecticut and Notre Dame have also shown increased interest lately.

Tyree also is well-versed in Rutgers since his father, Mark, was a standout lacrosse player for the Scarlet Knights.

"I've been to Rutgers almost too much," Tyree said laughing. "I know Rutgers is all about the family, and I know the coaches really take care of their players. I know they really care about what you do in your future when you're there."

He rushed for 600 yards and seven touchdowns on 60 carries as a junior.

"As you would imagine, a lot of schools are starting to reach out once word gets out that Penn State offered," Mantz said. "They offered him over the weekend, so I have a feeling we're going to start hearing from quite a few folks."

Tyree is close friends with Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu, who also played at South Brunswick High.

"He's a great student, good young man, great family," Mantz said. "Everybody is very impressed with him. He's very physical. He blocks. The thing that jumps out at you is we put a highlight video together and the first thing we showed him was as a lead blocker where he levels two guys on the first play of a scrimmage against Linden.

"He's a very physical guy. That's one of the things people wonder about him because he's not very big."

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