CoachSpeak: Scouting Deion Hallmon

Fresh of a nationally televised season opener, Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay head coach Mark Guandolo discussed what Rutgers is getting in Deion Hallmon. Hallmon announced his Rutgers commitment Monday afternoon.

Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay cornerback Deion Hallmon is a Miami legacy but saw a future outside of his home state during the beginning of his recruiting journey.

Hitting a recruiting milestone Wednesday afternoon with a verbal commitment to Rutgers, Hallmon found a fit that makes perfect sense for him, said Cypress Bay head coach Mark Guandolo.

"It's a good school academically," Guandolo said on Rutgers. "He wanted to get away from Florida so I think it's a good fit all around."

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Hallmon brings completeness to his cornerback role in high school, but needs to add weight and improve his physicality before contributing at Rutgers.

Playing primarily in a man-to-man role on the outside with Cypress Bay, Hallmon's biggest adjustment comes in the complexity of the Rutgers defense, Guandolo said.

"He's just a hard worker – a great athlete," he said. "He fell in love with the school. I think he can go and help them right away if he can learn [everything] mentally."

Hallmon committed to Rutgers over Syracuse, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others. He cancelled official visits set to other schools and is in the process of setting one to Rutgers.

"I think it's a good fit," Guandolo said. "They do a lot of things that highlight his abilities."

When asked what Hallmon brings to the field purely as a cornerback, Guandolo concluded with, "Wow, just a great athlete. His cover skills are just phenomenal."

Hallmon is the 23rd commitment in the Rutgers class of 2014 and fourth defensive back alongside Kam Lott, Kiy Hester and Saquan Hampton.

-- field reporter Amy Campbell contributed to this report.

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