Peele Preparing for Rutgers

Signing with Rutgers last month, Linden (N.J.) wide receiver Ruhann Peele remains excited to join the program this summer. Peele recently visited campus to meet with the new coaching staff and spoke with about his visit and preparations for college.

Wide receiver Ruhann Peele is not a frequent visitor to the Rutgers campus. But after being the first verbal commit in the Class of 2012 and never wavering, the Linden (N.J.) wide receiver makes the most of every visit to Piscataway.

Peele made his first trip to Rutgers since signing for basketball Senior Night and left with a very positive impression of new coach Kyle Flood and his coaching staff.

"I spent a lot of time with [defensive coordinator Robb Smith], who was already there," Peele said. "I like [coach Kyle Flood] and I really like the offensive coordinator (Dave Brock). He's going to work hands on with the receivers. That's a great opportunity for me."

Watching the Rutgers basketball game was a special experience, he said, because Peele is now officially a part of the Scarlet Knight community.

"It was cool to watch the game," Peele said. "I'm a part of them now. We're the same family."

Peele is focused on getting in shape and staying strong in the classroom.

When committing to Rutgers, Peele was not shy about needing to improve his grades. After struggling early, he improved significantly during his senior year, he said. Last quarter, Peele said he finished one B away from a perfect report card.

"I'm feeling good about that stuff," Peele said. "I've been working so hard on it because I want to get to Rutgers so badly. The classroom is my main focus."

Linden head coach Deon Candia is working on getting Peele to Rutgers for workouts, Peele said. Transportation to Rutgers is not easy, he said, but he remains focused on getting in shape for college football.

"I've been working out in the weight room, but not at Rutgers yet," said Peele, who currently weights 180 pounds. "I'm trying to get stronger. I want to get to Rutgers at about 190. I'm really focused on my speed and getting stronger. Gaining weight is the hard part for me."

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