Peele Makes Friends on Official Visit

Linden (N.J.) three-star receiver Ruhann Peele has not paid much attention to recruiting since verbally committing to Rutgers nearly a year ago. On campus for his official visit this weekend, Peele got the chance to meet other recruits and future teammates and discussed the experience.

Focused on academics, Rutgers commit Ruhann Peele has not spoken much with other recruits or visited Rutgers many times since the start of the school year.

But with National Signing Day less than two weeks away, the three-star Linden (N.J.) wide receiver was on campus for his official visit.

"I want Signing Day to come in the worst way," Peele said. "It's just wanting to leave high school, wanting to take that next step, get into college and start playing college football at Rutgers."

Peele spent the majority of the weekend hanging out with Rutgers commits Leonte Carroo, Steve Longa and Michael Giacone along with some of the uncommitted players.

Peele previously met Carroo at a training-camp practice, but said the weekend helped him get to know all of the recruits better.

"I didn't know a lot of the guys very well," Peele said. "I was just getting to know some of the committed guys better, getting to know my future teammates better and the players that were already there. We wanted to get the Jersey kids to stay in Jersey and help the decide to commit to Rutgers."

Peele went so far as deleting his Facebook page, so that he could focus on his academics. He did not have the opportunity to attend many Rutgers home games this year and used the weekend to bond with the Rutgers family, he said.

"That was the best part for me," Peele said. "I've heard of a lot of these guys and I kind of know some of them, but not too well. It was really big to get to know them fully and just hang out with them. They're going to be my teammates for the next four years and I want to be close with them."

Junior wide receiver Tim Wright hosted Peele on his official visit, but Peele said he spent time with many of the receivers including Brandon Coleman, Mark Harrison and Miles Shuler.

"It was a good time with Tim," Peele said. "He's a cool dude. He told me a lot about school at Rutgers and classes. That's stuff I wanted to know more about."

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