Coach: RU Commit Peele is Ultra-Competitor

Linden (N.J.) High three-star receiver Ruhann Peele became the first member of Rutgers' 2012 class when he committed to Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano during a visit to Hale Center on Tuesday night. His coach, Deon Candia, gave an in-depth breakdown of what the Scarlet Knights are getting in the 6-foot-1, 185 pounder.

The coach of Rutgers commit Ruhann Peele paints a picture of the Scarlet Knights getting an incredibly intense, highly driven athlete who leads in a variety of ways.

After news of Peele's commitment broke on, Linden (N.J.) High coach Deon Candia gave a breakdown what Rutgers is getting in the 6-fot-1, 185-pound class of 2012 standout.

"They're getting a super competitor," Candia said. "If he doesn't come in and can play right away, he's going to push and make everyone around him better. He's just a competitor. He's going to make whatever defense is facing him better, he's going to make the players around him better. He's going to give them that lift.

"He's that type of kid that has so much energy, and he's so competitive, that there's going to be others that play at a different level. He just commands that. It doesn't matter if he's young. He just has a presence, and that's going to be big."

Peele's dedication to football was evident in the offseason.

For the first time in his high school career Peele took time off from competition to rest his body. Rather than run track, Peele concentrated on weight training, and added 15 pounds. His hope is to increase his muscle mass and weigh 190 pounds by the start of his senior season.

Candia is not surprised by the commitment Peele put forth in the weight room.

"That's who he is. In the weight room …he's just that type of kid," Candia said. "He goes all out, he plays hard. I know he needs to be molded in certain areas, but I know once he gets his mind on something, he's a go-getter. And the thing is, he elevates everyone around him. He's not a selfish kid at all.

"He's going to work hard, and he's going to make sure everyone around him is working just as hard or harder. I know they're going to get something special."

Peele, who is quiet off the field, transfers his work ethic into leadership.

"He's got two sides," Candia said. "If you talk to him, he probably won't say a word. On the football field, he acts like he belongs there. Not in a bad way. He's a super sportsman, but he's a competitor. He's letting you know that if you're going to play him, he's going to give 100 percent. He's a fun guy, he smiles a lot.

"He kinda reminds me of (Pittsburgh Steelers receiver) Hines Ward; a tough kid, smiles and plays the game the right way, but you're going to play hard against him.

"He's vocal, but in the same way, he's doing it. He doesn't ask anyone to do anything he's not doing. As far as our team, he's our best player, but he's our hardest worker as well. That's what you're going to get in hi. He wouldn't say anything or do anything he wouldn't do himself."

Another key aspect of Peele's decision was proximity.

"That was one of the biggest things," Candia said. "Even with high school, it's big for him to have her at his games. She works over in New York City, and she busted her butt to be there Friday nights to get to our field and be there on time because he wants to know that she's there.

"That's big for him to be able to have her at those games at the next level, just for support. I always say he's like a momma's boy anyway."

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