Hallmon Picks Rutgers

Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay cornerback Deion Hallmon announced Rutgers as his college choice today via his Twitter page. Hallmon, the 23rd commitment in the Rutgers 2014 class, spoke about his decision to pick the Scarlet Knights over Syracuse, West Virginia and others.

Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay cornerback Deion Hallmon was thrilled when given the option to follow in the footsteps of Logan Ryan, his favorite cornerback. Weighing dozens of options during the summer, Hallmon decided on Rutgers and made his public commitment today after silently ending his recruitment last week.

The Scarlet Knights sent five defensive backs to the NFL from last year's roster, including Ryan. Hallmon took notice of the NFL successes and was eager to jump onboard after building relationships with the coaching staff.

"I really, really paid attention to that," Hallmon said. "I watch some of the corners on film last year, like Logan Ryan, and he's a really good corner. That's the thing about Rutgers. They're going to give all of their DBs a chance to make it in [the NFL]."

Hallmon will not take official visits to other schools and is in the process of setting a date to see Rutgers. Though never setting foot in Piscataway, N.J., Hallmon said picking Rutgers felt like the right decision for himself and his mother.

"They were great last year, they just lost the tough game to Louisville or they would have been in the Sugar Bowl," Hallmon said. "Their recruiting is great. They have a bunch of four-star players committed this year already. I think I can be a good fit in the Big Ten."

The official announcement came down this afternoon, but Hallmon said he committed to head coach Kyle Flood last week.

"I told him I was ready to commit [today] and he was really fired up about it," he said. "They said I would be a perfect fit for their defense."

Hallmon said defensive coordinator Dave Cohen and secondary coach Daryl Wilson were most involved in his recruitment.

"I have great relationships with them," he said. "I love their coaches because they helped me go through recruiting and want to mentor me. We talk about football, but also just have, like, conversations."

Looking for an out-of-state college option, Hallmon said a family atmosphere was key.

"That's really big for me," Hallmon said. "A family on the field is something that's really great to have. I want the coaching staff and the players to be like family. That's what I have in high school right now and it's the same for college."

Hallmon picked Rutgers over Syracuse, West Virginia and others. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback is the 23rd commitment in the 2014 class and third cornerback.

"The fans should get ready," Hallmon said. "Rutgers fans can expect someone that will get the job done. Even when I'm a freshman, I'm coming to work hard and play and help lock it down and compete and help my team win games. Expect big things."

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