Spotlight 2013: WR Ricky Jeune

Rutgers is doing extremely well recruiting the 2012 class, and only a few handfuls of players remain primary recruiting targets. As the recruiting game speeds up, is keeping up as well. We are continuing our "2013 Spotlight" series, so as Rutgers begins recruiting the class, brings you the targets on its radar.

When St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) made an unexpected run to the title game of last month's Schiano Shootout, its eye-catching player was receiver Ricky Jeune.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Jeune is one of the best receivers in New Jersey's 2013 class, and while he is awaiting his first offer, he is already getting plenty of attention.

"I've talked to Miami, Florida, Boston College, Rutgers, Virginia, Cincinnati and Penn State," Jeune said. "It was during the school year, but not the summer. They said they saw me play and I'm a great player and they're going to watch me (this season), and recruit me."

Jeune didn't camp this summer, which is one of the reasons he is yet to earn an offer.

But a sophomore season in which he caught 32 passes for 540 yards and six touchdowns while helping Green Knights reach the NJSIAA non-public Group III state championship game, where it lost to Holy Spirit High (Absecon, N.J.) at Rutgers Stadium, the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff took notice.

"They came to the school a couple of times (in the spring) and I talked to them during the 7-on-7," said Jeune, who was asked what he must show to earn an offer. "Show them what I can do during the season. I just have to show them people can't guard me."

Jeune said he is speding the offseason working on his footwork and in the weight room, and also said increasing his speed by doing squats, running hills and doing explosion drills was part of his workouts.

And while his knowledge of Rutgers is limited – "I played here in the championship game. That's what I know," he said – he does know about a few former players.

"I know Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty went there," he said. "I saw the (facilities) I liked it. It was nice."

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