Deeb Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Offer

American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) linebacker Michael Deeb picked up his seventh verbal scholarship this week from Rutgers. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound linebacker spoke with ScarletReport.com to break down his knowledge of the Scarlet Knights program and upcoming recruiting plans.

Like many recruits from the Sunshine State, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) linebacker Michael Deeb was not extremely familiar with Rutgers when he picked up a verbal scholarship offer.

When linebackers coach Dave Cohen spoke to him about his offer, Deeb's knowledge of the program did not stretch much farther than Ray Rice.

"Before speaking with Coach Cohen and coach (Kyle) Flood, I didn't know a whole lot about the program other than Ray Rice went there," Deeb said. "He's obviously one of the greats in the NFL."

But since adding Rutgers to an offer sheet that includes Penn State, South Florida, West Virginia, SMU and Illinois, the program has started to stick out because of what it offers off the field.

"Coach Cohen told me a lot about their business school and how they have internship programs with New York City, which is only 40 minutes from the campus," Deen said. "We talked about the campus and the opportunities outside of football because academics are very important. They have opportunities outside of football and can help me get my first job after football. New York's only 40 minute from the campus. It's really a positive."

Deeb said he and sophomore teammate Carter Jacobs will camp at Rutgers this summer. Jacobs has family in Central Jersey and Deeb said he wants to get a first-hand look at the program and meet the coaches.

"That way I can kind of get to know the coaching staff a little better and see the whole campus and the classrooms and everything," Deeb said. "It's nice to be able to do it in the summer when I don't have to worry about missing school or anything like that."

Deeb, who is relatively new to football after picking it up three years ago, moved from defensive end to middle linebacker as a junior. Rutgers offered him as a middle linebacker, he said, which is the position he wants to play in college.

"They see me as playing the inside and plugging the middle," Deeb said. "They like my toughness when they wanted my film and they're really impressed."

Deeb spent the last year participating in camps and combines, but now that his name and junior tape are out to colleges, he will spend this spring and summer looking at the schools showing him serious interest.

"This year is more about looking at the schools I'm interested in," Deeb said. "I'll be going to some camps and everything to visit the schools that are recruiting me."


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