Jabulani Lovelace Decides Rutgers Is For Him

Jabulani (Jabu) Lovelace, the 6-foot-1 and 190 pound dual-threat quarterback out of Tenafly, NJ has committed to Rutgers. Lovelace selected Rutgers over several other schools, from the Big East, Big 10, and SEC.

"Yes, I committed to Rutgers."

Jabulani Lovelace, the dual-threat quarterback out of the small North Jersey school in Bergen County has become the latest pledge to the Rutgers football class of 2005. 

Lovelace left his official visit impressed with everything that the Rutgers staff showed him. 

"Coach Schiano has built a great foundation.  The foundation is already in place, with all the facilities and the bubble, it's all there. Everything is in place."

Lovelace selected Rutgers over offers from Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.

Was there a single reason why Lovelace felt Rutgers was the place for his collegiate future?

"I just felt very comfortable, not just on a football level, but on all levels."

Rutgers' new commit stated that he was left undeniably impressed of Rutgers weight-training facilities, the bubble, the academic reputation of the school, and the general direction of the program.

Many have felt in the past that Lovelace would give himself the best opportunity at the next level as a defensive back.  However, Rutgers offered the Tenafly star at his native position of QB.

"I'm going to just come in next year and jump right in."  While Lovelace stated that he does not expect to see a redshirt season present itself, he would not mind either way.  "Whatever the coaches decide is fine."

Lovelace led his Tenafly squad to a 6 and 4 record this year while throwing for 1540 yards and 18 touchdowns.  Those statistics may be sufficient for most quarterbacks, but Lovelace's dual-threat ability is what has separated him from the pack this year, and what drew the attention of most collegiate scouts.  He also ran for 941 yards from the LOS and rushed for an additional 10 touchdowns.

Lovelace is well aware of Rutgers' academic reputation nationally and already has expressed an interest in his collegiate studies.

"I've already told the school I want to go to the School of Engineering.  Rutgers has a very good program.  And they also have a great Pharmacy program also."

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