Joe Porter became the second verbal commitment to the Rutgers Football team for the 2002 season. Today, I had a conversation with him. He detailed why he chose the Scarlet Knights prior to the start of the football season.
He feels that Coach Schiano is building something special and he wanted to be a part of it. Since his brother attends the school and both his parents are alumni, he is very familiar with the campus The proximity to his house was a real plus. The school is less than 30 minutes from his home.
Which position will he play in college?
In high school, porter plays WR, RB, and CB. His school employs a run and shoot offense. Last year from his RB position, Porter accounted for 126 yards on 17 carries for a 7.4-yard average with a long run of 65 yards and 2 touchdowns. At WR, he accounted for 203 yards on 9 catches with a long of 54 long and 4 touchdowns. On defense, he had 27 tackles (17 solos and 10 assists), 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and a touchdown.
In college, he will play CB.
Who were the other schools interested?
He was attracted interest from Virginia, Central Michigan, and Boston College.
How fast is he?
Porter runs a number of track events and has a number of officially clocked times. They are as follows:
100M - 10.5
200M - 21.5
400M - 47.2
At the Buffalo regional track meet this weekend, he won the 200M.
During the spring and the winter, he plans on running track at Rutgers
At the Virginia camp this year, he was clocked at 4.38 in forty. At the Rutgers camp, ran a 4.5 but he was hampered by a number of blisters on his feet.
What does he plan to major in at Rutgers?
He would like to major in Physical Therapy.
Will his twin brother join him at Rutgers?
Rutgers has shown some interest but he is focusing on track. The possibility is low but he is considering it as an option.
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com