RU-hann Talks About Commitment

Linden (N.J.) High receiver Ruhann Peele committed to Rutgers on Tuesday night, and shortly after telling coach Greg Schiano the good news, he spoke with about why he chose the Scarlet Knights.

Since Linden (N.J.) High receiver Ruhann Peele dominated the competition at Rutgers' three-day camp in June despite a cast on his left wrist, he was a priority in the Scarlet Knights' 2012 recruiting class.

He is now the first member of it.

As first reported earlier Tuesday night, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Peele gave Rutgers coach Greg Schiano a non-binding oral commitment during a visit to the Hale Center. And it wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision.

"I talked it over with my mother and my family, and I made sure she was comfortable with my decision," Peele said. "We scheduled a meeting (last week) for today and went and told them." The reasons for his commitment were simple.

"I like the coaching staff," he said. "I like that it's close to home and family can come see me play and I have a good feeling about Rutgers."

Peele was versatile for Linden High. He made 30 catches for 493 yards and three touchdowns, and also carried 32 times for 219 yards and a touchdown.

But athletic talent aside, what stands out with Peele is his competitive nature, which the Rutgers coaching staff saw up close during his camp stint. He had his left wrist in cast because he tore ligaments in his thumb a few days earlier.

Rather than sit out the camp, Peele fought to get as many reps as possible, and consistently and constantly beat defensive back after defensive back, and rarely dropped a pass despite the cast.

"They said that they loved that I'm a competitor, and one of the most competitive persons they've ever seen," said Peele, who described his elation about committing. "I feel relaxed, excited, a little bit of everything."

During the camp experience, Peele worked with Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck. And being able to be coached by Fleck influenced into his decision.

"It's real important," Peele said. "That had a lot to do with my decision and I can't wait for that. He can get my footwork right, and some of the things he showed me at the camp, and he has energy. He can be a coach that can run around and do things with the players."

Peele is Rutgers' first commitment of the 2012 class, and that was also a factor in why he committed.

"That's real big," Peele said. "I think I'm going to try and reach out to other guys."

Peele made the commitment while speaking with Schiano.

"He's happy," Peele said of his future coach. "He kept telling me that now I'm a step further, and now I have to get my grades and everything right."

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