Peele Ready for Official Visit

Linden (N.J.) wide receiver Ruhann Peele became the first member of the Rutgers Class of 2012 more than 10 months ago. On Jan. 20, he will be one of the last verbal commits to take his official visit to Rutgers. caught up with Peele to preview his official visit and update his progress.

Linden (N.J.) wide receiver Ruhann Peele followed Rutgers football well before he verbally committed and Mohamed Sanu's decision to enter the NFL Draft last week was one of his more exciting moments as a fan of the program.

As an aspiring college receiver, Peele said the news of Sanu's decision made him even more excited to come to sign with Rutgers three weeks from today.

"That's exciting because it opens up some opportunities for me," Peele said. "I would have like to have a year where I could be his teammate and really learn from him and see some of the things he did, but there are positives either way. I'm coming in ready to compete for time."

Peele said that he is excited to play for wide receiver coach P.J. Fleck, especially after seeing what he did for receivers like Sanu and Quron Pratt this season.

"I can't wait to have him be my coach," Peele said. "Seeing what the other guys do for him, I want to get there so badly. I miss football regardless right now, just football period. But going to the next level, it's something I really want.

"We don't talk as much, but we're still in contact a lot. He calls me when he can. He'll drop by my school a lot to check up on me, see that I'm focused and on track. It's great to have a guy looking out for me like that."

Peele takes his official visit Jan. 20 with many other commits. Focused on school, Peele said he does not know many other commits and wants to meet them on his visit.

Other commits expected for the recruiting weekend including receiver Leonte Carroo, defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick, offensive linemen Chris Muller and Brandon Arcidiacono, quarterback Blake Rankin and running back Desmon Peoples.

"I don't know them very well because there aren't any guys around Linden," Peele said. "... This is the official one. I know I've been up there a lot, but this one is different. It's like, the last time before I'm really a part of the team. The next time, I'll be there to stay."

Peele moved to running back for Linden in his senior season and finished with 707 yards and six touchdowns.

The 6-foot-1 athlete said he enjoyed his time as a running back, but cannot wait to return to receiver next season.

"This year has gone well for me," Peele said. "Committing early means the stress is gone for me. I don't have to worry about where to go. I know where I want to go. I know what I have to do with school and in the classroom. Everything is really good right now."

In the classroom, Peele said he made improvements this year and remains focused on qualifying on-time.

"Everything is going good right now," Peele said. "I'm struggling in math a little bit, but I'm working very hard to get it done. I feel confident that I can do what I need to do."

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