New York RB Bedell Checks Out Rutgers

William Floyd High (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) running back Stacey Bedell paid Rutgers a weekend visit to check out practice and meet with the coaching staff. He spoke with ScarletReport.com about the visit, what he learned, and what else is on his agendda for the spring.

William Floyd High (Mastic Beach, Fla.) running back Stacey Bedell took in his first college practice Saturday at Rutgers, and he left with a familiar feeling.

Bedell, a 5-foot-9, 165-pounder, was surprised with the speed and physical play during the practice and scrimmage inside Rutgers Stadium.

"It was a great experience, with a great tempo," Bedell said. "I wasn't expecting a lot of stuff that I saw."

Bedell rushed 208 times for 1,658 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, and also returned a kick 91 yards for a score. He is being recruited as a running back, which is why he spent most of his time watching that position.

"I was focusing on the running backs and seeing how they do their plays, and the steps they use when they run their plays, and the different formations," Bedell said. "I could see myself fitting into that."

Bedell also Rutgers offensive line coach Kyle Flood is Bedell's primary recruiter, and during the visit he had a chance to speak with running backs coach Chris Hewitt and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

The latter two provided Bedell with advice.

"(Hewitt) told me what they were running this year, and what I can do in that offense," Bedell said. "(Cignetti) was saying this is a great environment, and if you love football, this is the place to be."

Bedell currently holds an offer from Stony Brook, and is being recruited by the Scarlet Knights and Connecticut.

Next weekend he is heading to Connecticut to check out the campus and meet with the coaching staff, but he plans on returning to Rutgers the following week.


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