Rutgers Commits/Targets Take MVPs at NIKE

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers quarterback commit Blake Rankin of Bloomsburg (Pa.) High and running back commit Desmon Peoples of Acrhbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) won MVP honors during the NIKE camp event at Rutgers today. Also, Rutgers offeree and Saddle Brook (N.J.) High linebacker Steve Longa took home the MVP award at his position.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – It was a banner day for Rutgers commits and recruits inside Rutgers Stadium on Sunday.

A day after committing to the Scarlet Knights during the spring game, Bloomsburg (Pa.) High's Blake Rankin performed Sunday during the Nike camp and left with quarterback MVP honors.

"I feel relaxed after (Saturday)," Rankin said. "It is nice to have a decision and now I can just focus on other things.

Another Rutgers commit, Archbishop Wood High's (Warminster, Pa.) Desmon Peoples took home the running back MVP while Rutgers target Steve Longa of Saddle Brook (N.J.) High was the linebacker MVP.

"It feels really good," Longa said. "It shows all the hard work is paying off, and I'm not lifting and running for no reason. I am happy. There's a lot of great players around, so I feel like I accomplished something."

Several emerging class of 2013 players took home hardware as Red Lion Christian (Bear, Del.) standout Khaliel Rodgers narrowly beat out Long Branch (N.J.) High's Ryan Brodie for offensive line MVP honors and St. Peter's Prep's (Jersey City ,N.J.) Tre Bell was named the defensive backs MVP.

"It means a lot," said Bell, who attended the Rutgers spring game the day before. "It shows a lot of hard work paying off. It only just makes me want to work harder and stay in the weight room."

Eli Ankou of St. Peter High (Orleans, Ont.) garnered defensive line MVP honors, 6-foot-2, 180-pound Anthony Sweet of Pennsauken (N.J.) High was the MVP at wide receiver and running back Javon White of Souderton (Pa.) High had the highest SPARQ rating at 108.78.

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