Dimitri Linton's verbal commitment to Greg Schiano and Rutgers University had Scarlet Knight fans scurrying to the Internet to find out more about this relatively unknown prospect. Several months later, after a stellar Senior season at Northeast High, in Oakland Park (Fl.), Scarlet Knight fans couldn't be happier with Dimitri Linton, now a quintessential part of the 2004 Rutgers football recruiting class.
Perhaps there were some doubts when Dimitri Linton's verbal commitment was first announced during the fall of 2004. Several prestigious accolades later (the Class 5A Florida Player of the Year and the Brian Piccolo Award) including 1675 yards and a remarkable 30 touchdowns to conclude his senior campaign, made it clear to even the biggest doubters how special this young man is. Let there be no doubt how far ahead of the curve Rutgers' coaches were.
Dimitri is currently, and has been all spring, working out six times per week. The majority of his spring was spent with his school track team. His devotion has payed off as he has been able to improve on his speed - some of Dimitri's best times include a 10.53 in the 100m, a 20.9 in the 200m, and a 47.5 in the 400m. His current weight, also his ideal weight has been holding steady at 195: "This was my playing weight during the season, around 195 or 196."
Along with the rest of the incoming freshmen, Dimitri is slated to report to camp on June 28th. "I'm just going to let it happen," said Dimitri when discussing life away from home, family and friends. Whereas some may be a little hesitant to leave the familiarities of home for a strange place located at a significant distance away, Dimitri sees things in a different light. "I know I have friends at Rutgers like Derek Roberson who have told me how things are. I'm excited to get there."
Despite the abundance of talent at the tailback position, Dimitri has no problem seeing himself getting some action this upcoming year. He certainly does not expect to be red-shirted: "It would be a problem [if I was red-shirted] because I want to play early." Dimitri indicated that the staff has suggested that he would see playing time during his first collegiate year.
Right now Dimitri has no definite plans on a collegiate major and has decided to take everything in stride. And who can blame him - the young man has succeeded in virtually every endeavor he has set out on. "Everything is out there. I'll see and have a better idea [of everything] when I see how I fit in. As far as academic excellence, I'll just try to continue to get straight As." Undoubtedly, while fans now know about Dimitri's athletic prowess, they should be no less familiar with his success in the classroom. Dimitri's 4.3 Grade Point Average, accomplished by means of excelling in his Honors courses, was one of the main reasons that Stanford extended him a scholarship. But, after a late season recruiting trip to the west coast school, the continued improvement of the Rutgers football team along with the favorable academic impression the school has on a national scale, made the Rutgers choice abundantly clear for Dimitri.
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