USF Commit Porter Visits Rutgers

Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson Senior High athlete Deiondre Porter committed to South Florida early but took an official visit to Rutgers this weekend, and is hearing from a small group of schools. How did his latest visit change Porter's recruitment? He discussed it after returning home Sunday.

After a weekend at Rutgers, the message to Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson Senior High athlete Deiondre Porter was clear – Rutgers needs defensive backs. Still committed to South Florida, Porter will weigh options over the next two months and Rutgers gave him something about which to think.

The Scarlet Knights are headed to the Big Ten, made it clear that Porter is a player they want in their defensive backfield.

"I learned that there was a need, a want, really high interest for me as a player," Porter said. "… There was passion. Everybody is passionate about football from the coaching staff to the trainers to the players. Everybody is passionate about Rutgers football."

Porter enjoyed his visit, and the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is being recruited as a cornerback to the Scarlet Knights. He returned home Sunday, and said that he remains committed to USF but could take more visits.

"I don't know yet," he said. "I'm still committed, and things are going great right now."

Porter hosted Wisconsin on an on-home visit Sunday and is still hearing from Cincinnati and UCF.

Freshman cornerback Bryant Gross-Armiento hosted Porter on his Rutgers visit. The visit marked Porter's first trip to New York and first time seeing snow, where Piscataway got five inches Saturday evening.

"He was cool," Porter said. "He asked me intimate things not just football. We connected. He gave me a lot of information on the recruiting process. He wasn't just trying to tell me to go to Rutgers and stuff. It was more than that, and we really hit it off because he's from Florida, and then New York was a new experience. The snow with Times Square was amazing."

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