Jeremy is arguably the highest rated recruited offensive lineman to ever attend Rutgers University. He is the type of recruit that will be critical in Rutgers' transformation into a nationally ranked program, receiving well over 30 offers, but choosing to stay home and become part of the Rutgers 2004 recruiting class. At 6'4 - 290 lbs, (4.9 forty), Jeremy has the type of size, speed and strength to one day play on Sunday afternoons. His brother Jeff, one of the most highly recruited linemen in the nation in 2003, originally committed to Michigan but has recently transferred to Stanford.
A consensus top 25-New Jersey recruit and first Team All Area, Jeremy is scheduled to graduate from JP Stevens High School in Edison on June 16th. Jeremy received offers from Virginia Tech, Iowa, Maryland, Ohio State and Pittsburgh amongst numerous others. When beginning his search for a place to play football, Jeremy didn't have Rutgers on his radar screen. "Although Rutgers was the second school to offer me, I really wasn't interested in them. There were a number of schools that I liked better, but Coach Schiano sold me on the vision of Rutgers. The more I hung around Coach Schiano and the players, the more excited I became. I saw more and more top players committing and wanted to be part of putting Rutgers on the map." While Anthony Miller helped convince him to attend Rutgers, Jeremy stated that, although his teammate and close friend originally persuaded him to keep Rutgers amongst his top five schools, "I would of gone elsewhere if I didn't feel Rutgers was poised to win now."
One of just a few recruits who have posted on the Insiders Rutgers site, I asked Jeremy why he decided to post? "I thought it would be a cool way to thank all of the fans for their support of my decision to attend Rutgers." Jeremy said he was also "blown away" by the more than 50 responses that he received from fans in just a few short hours after his post.
In preparation for his freshman season at Rutgers, Jeremy has spent the past few months lifting four days per week and running two days a week. He also spends a couple of days each week working out at Rutgers. As Jeremy is about to embark on his college career on the Banks, he is still mulling whether to major in Economics or Finance. When asked his feelings, with the freshman reporting date just a few weeks away, he replied that he is, "just really excited and looking forward to playing some football."
Jeremy has been in contact throughout the spring with a number of fellow Rutgers recruits, amongst them, Mike Teel, Dwayne Jones, Jean Beljour and Chenry Lewis.
Looking towards the future, Jeremy has talked a few times to Eugene Monroe, the highly rated offensive tackle from Plainfield and has also talked to some underclassman at JP Stevens. He sees big things in the future for both himself and Rutgers. When asked if he saw himself playing football professionally, Jeremy replied, "most definitely," preferably as a Tennessee Titan, his favorite pro team.
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