RB Returns From Official Visit to Rutgers

The second wave of the 2011 class arrives on campus next week, and the final wave will go in late June. However, another recruit could be in the fold after a running back made an official visit to campus this week. Check out what happened, and what the recruit had to say.

A month before he could enroll in college, Glassboro (N.J.) High running back P.J. James is still settling on a school, and one of his choices is Rutgers.

The 6-foot, 185-pound James made an official visit to campus this week as he returned home Friday afternoon after getting his fill during an information-packed 24-hour period.

Now, James will decided between a pair of schools, and also between offense and defense. He is being recruited as a walk-on at Rutgers.

"It's Temple or Rutgers," James said. "It's still how much I would play, which is a better fit for me, the coaching staff, and money-wise as well.

"(Temple) wants me to come there and play safety. They said they're not sure if they have a scholarship. It's a waiting game, I guess, but I can't wait too long. I would love to play running back, but it's also a financial situation."

The Scarlet Knights are giving James the opportunity to play running back, a position he excelled at his final two years at Glassboro.

James rushed 1,184 yards and 12 touchdowns on 132 carries despite playing much of his senior season with a high ankle sprain.

As a junior, he ran for 1,730 yards and 21 touchdowns on 157 carries, and it led to verbal offers from several schools, including Tulane and East Carolina. But James' coach at Glassboro, Herb Neilio, said James was waiting to see what other schools would offer before making a decision.

Then, early in the season, James injured his ankle and most schools dropped his recruitment.

"I can't dwell on what happens," James said. "After I hurt it, I still kept trying. I was still trying to get my name out there."

The visit to Rutgers came because the Scarlet Knights are looking to add quality depth to its backfield, and although many of the students weren't on campus, James got the typical treatment of a recruit on an official visit.

"They showed me around the football stadium, drove me around the campus, we went out to the lunch," he said. "Then, I talked to the offensive coordinator (Frank Cignetti) about what they were doing with the offense, and how he's bringing an NFL-style offense in.

"I went out to dinner with (assistant) coach (Phil) Galiano and (receiver) Mohamed Sanu. I talked to Mohamed a lot and got a feel for what it was like to go there and play."

James' trip ended with a Friday morning meeting with coach Greg Schiano.

"He told me about his program, and how it was when he started, and he's really brought it up," James said. "He told me they would really like me to come there because they feel like my character is what they need for Rutgers players. They want players like that."

James said he hopes to make a decision between Rutgers and Temple within a few weeks.

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