A "change of heart" drastically changed St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) QB/DB Brandon Napoleon's leader board and Rutgers benefits most.
The three-star recruit named the Scarlet Knights his stand-alone leader today with Indiana, Illinois, Connecticut and North Carolina following in that order.
"Rutgers has been constantly showing me the most love," Napoleon said. "I'm comfortable there. It's my home-state and that's really important to me. I'm used to it there. It could be a great fit.
Napoleon is very familiar with both the Rutgers coaching staff and a small contingent of Scarlet Knights.
He has a good relationship with former St. Peters Prep teammate Savon Huggins and referred to offensive lineman Keith Lumpkin as his "big brother." Napoleon said he is good friends with Class of 2012 commitments Desmon Peoples, Ruhann Peele and Carlton Agudosi and would love to play with them at the next level.
"I guess Rutgers is trying to do it like Miami in the 80s," Napoleon said. "Keep the Jersey kids in Jersey. If they can do it, it's going to work and they're going to be dangerous. I would love to be playing with them all."
North Carolina is the biggest drop on Napoleon's list. Previously an outright leader and then tied with Rutgers and Indiana, the Tar Heels dropped to No. 5.
"It's not at all because of [sanctions or questionable recruiting]," Napoleon said. "They showed me a lot of love, but I just had a change of heart."
Napoleon visited Indiana with teammate Michael Giacone two weeks ago and has the Hoosiers at No. 2 on his list. At Indiana, he would have the chance to play quarterback, whereas at Rutgers, he would be a cornerback and kick returner.
"Their campus is gorgeous and the coaching staff is cool," Napoleon. "I would have an opportunity to be a college quarterback.
Napoleon added that he would like to take an unofficial visit to West Virginia. He was in attendance last season when the Mountaineers took down the Scarlet Knights in the final week of the season and enjoyed watching Tavon Austin.
Initially, Napoleon planned to make his decision Sept. 9, to honor his grandmother, who passed away two years on that date. But now, he said he may announce his decision in July or August and hold a formal event Sept. 9 to honor his grandmother.
"She always told me to be smart about my college choice," Napoleon said. "She always wanted to be involved with my college decision and I want to honor her by doing something on Sept. 9."
Napoleon Names Rutgers as Leader
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