Rutgers Secures Commitment from NY LB

The only thing hotter recently is Rutgers' recent string of commitments. Rutgers has secured their fifth verbal commitment of the summer by gaining a pledge from New York standout linebacker Blain Bines [6-foot-1 and 230-pounds] of William Floyd HS in Mastic Beach, NY.

Standing at 6-feet-1 and 230-pounds Blair Bines is a linebacker that made 1st team All-Long Island as a junior in 2004. Recording 70 tackles on defense and scoring 6 touchdowns as a fullback Bines led his team to the Suffolk County Division 1 finals. Widely recognized by many as one of the ten best football players in the State of New York for this upcoming season, Bines secured an early scholarship offer from Rutgers early this spring.

After introducing Bines early this spring reported that several schools were showing strong interest in Bines' services. The list of schools included members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference. Did any of those schools step forward with an offer?

"I had offers from Virginia and North Carolina," stated Bines. Bines also received heavy interest from the University of Connecticut, Syracuse, Penn State and Maryland.

Bines, unlike many prospects that busy themselves through quite the rigorous spring and summer camping season, attended no camps and participated in no combines.

However, Bines has been to Rutgers on two separate occassions - once for a Junior day early on this year and once this past Thursday for an unofficial visit.

In the end, Bines selected Rutgers, on Friday, because he wanted to stay close to home. This was an important consideration for Bines due to his desire to have his friends and family see him play.

More importantly, Bines' appreciation and feelings for the Rutgers coaching staff were the clinching reasons why he decided to pull the trigger in favor of Rutgers.

"I love the coaching staff and I love the facilities at Rutgers," state Bines. Bines added, "I felt the campus was beautiful and everyone I met had a smile on their face."

Additionally, depth chart considerations also played a role. With the number of current junior and senior linebackers enrolled at Rutgers Bines felt that he would be given the opportunity for early playing time.

Bines Portfolio
At WR: 12 catches for 110 yards as a Jr.
40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds

I am a big play linebacker.

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