Rutgers First to Offer Florida Running Back

Rutgers continues to recruit south Florida, and a running back from the Sunshine state picked up his first offer when the Scarlet Knights extended one, and he spoke to about it. Among the things to excite the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder was Rutgers' offense. Come inside to see who got the offer, and why he said "my dream has come true."

Running behind four-star offensive tackle Avery Young at Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High, Roshard Burney was bound to get plenty of exposure.

He also got his first offer.

It came Thursday when Rutgers verbally offered the 5-foot-10, 205-pound downhill runner. "I was real excited when I got the offer," Burney said. "I really don't know a lot about New Jersey and Rutgers, but I want to find out a lot about them.

"When I was talking to the coaches, they were telling me how they changed the whole offense up, and they're really running the ball, and that's what I'm looking for in selecting my college in 2012."

Burney is also getting recruited by Wisconsin, UCF, Michigan State, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Carolina State, but a day after getting his offer he was still giddy about it. He said he spoke with Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck, running backs coach Chris Hewitt and coach Greg Schiano so far during the process.

"It was real exciting getting the first one," Burney said. "When they first told me I had the offer, I really didn't believe it. They had to explain it to me. Once it was explained to me, it was like, ‘Whoa! My dream has come true.' "

Burney played as a sophomore at Glades Day High (Belle Glade, Fla.) but transferred to Palm Beach Gardens because it was closer to his home.

As a junior, he carried 130 times for 730 yards and eight touchdowns.

His coach, Chris Davis, believes offers will pour in once spring evaluations begin.

"I think he's one of the best backs that ever played here at Palm Beach Gardens," Davis said. "He's just flat brings it. I think (Rutgers) scouted real well. They saw his highlights, and P.J. Fleck called me and they offered him."

Davis added he expects Burney to give Rutgers a strong look, and not only because the Scarlet Knights were the first to offer him.

"He's real interested, and he's excited," Davis said. "And he should be. Rutgers is a heckuva program. Coach Schiano has done a great job, and he's got roots in South Florida from Miami, and a lot of these young kids actually remembers that. Everybody in South Florida grows up wanting to be a Hurricane."

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