Hallmon Talks Rutgers

Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) cornerback Deion Hallmon cut his list to 10 schools this week and is high on Rutgers going into the start of his senior season. Hallmon spoke with ScarletReport.com about what stands out for the Scarlet Knights in his recruitment.

Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) cornerback Deion Hallmon sees a lot of good qualities when he looks in-depth at Rutgers. Recently placing the Scarlet Knights in his top 10, Hallmon said he sees both "opportunity" and "comfort" in dealing with Rutgers.

"I put them in [my top 10] because they have a good combination of everything," he said. "They treat their players like it's a family. They support each other and I really like that. I like their history of preparing DBs for the next level."

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback cited a strong relationship with the Rutgers staff and the educational opportunities close to New York as added bonuses. Defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson and defensive coordinator Dave Cohen are most involved with Hallmon, who also interacted with head coach Kyle Flood.

"We don't always just talk about football," he said. "We talk about everyday life and school. We talk a lot about the academics at Rutgers. It's important because they can help me out in job interviews and stuff, so that's impressive. They have good academics and they're going to the Big Ten, so it's getting better."

Hallmon said the next step in terms of Rutgers is getting a visit to campus.

"I've been trying to set something up but my mom and my coach want me to focus on my season," he said. "I might have to wait until my official visit."

Hallmon said there were multiple times, with multiple schools, where he considered making a commitment already – Rutgers included.

Balancing more than 30 verbal offers, Hallmon said, has been tough in terms of communication with coaches. When thinking about rushing things, however, Hallmon said his mother has been helpful in keeping him level headed.

"I want to get this over with soon," he said. "This is just too much at times. It's stressful. My top 10 was hard enough. It was hard to release this. My mom doesn't want me to make my decision until I take visits.

"I definitely understand that and it's important to take my visits because I can't rush it. I might make my top five and take some official visits during the season. If I like somewhere on a visit, I could commit there or after my five visits."

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