Recruiting Targets, Commits Weigh in on APR

With Rutgers finishing second overall and first among state schools in this year's Academic Progress Reports, caught up with a series of commits and prospects to get their impressions.

Saddle Brook linebacker Steve Longa: "[Academics and the APR] were a big part of [committing]. The last time I was there, they took the time to show me everything you need to know about their academics. They really do care about it and I love that about them."

Bloomsburg Area (Pa.) quarterback Blake Rankin: "I feel that academics mean so much and that your education will get you furthest in life. I know that was a big reason why I committed there was because of how comfortable [my family] was with their academics and Coach [Greg] Schiano's beliefs in academics."

Linden wide receiver Ruhann Peele: "Getting second in the APR is a big accomplishment. I'm excited to be a part of it."

Incoming freshman defensive lineman Daryl Stephenson: "Rutgers cares about you more than just football. Follow the coaches and they will help you be a better person"

Don Bosco wide receiver Leonte Carroo: "Academics are very important to me. I want to make sure I'm getting the best education I can get because football isn't there forever. Rutgers has good academics."

St. Peters Prep tight end Michael Giacone: "Academics mean a lot to me. I want to go to a school with great academics and hearing that [about the APR] is a plus. I mean, reality is that football won't last forever, so having the education is key."

DePaul Catholic WR/DB Davon Jacobs: "I was excited when I heard that [Rutgers finished second in the APR]. That's something that's important. You want a school that is well-rounded.

Chaminade Madonna (Fla.) wide receiver Fred McRae: "That's very important. It's the first thing the college coaches check now and you have to be a student before you can be an athlete."

St. Peter (Orleans, On.) defensive end Eli Ankou: "One thing I've always heard from my trainer is that ‘football is your friend now, but one day, like any other acquaintance, you have to say goodbye.' You don't want to be stuck with nothing after football later in life. If someone has the choice between a former football player and a former football player, who did very well in school, they would probably choose the second one because it reflects his work ethic."

Lacey Township OL/DL Tyrell Smith: "I think academics are a key thing in life. Without it, you really can't get anywhere in life. Sports can get you here and there, but what about life after sports? What if there's an injury or something? You always need something to fall back on. My thoughts on academics are basically that you should learn as much as you can while you can because it will make life much easier in the long run."

St. Peters Prep cornerback Tre' Bell (2013) "I think academics are very important. It takes focus and repetition."

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