Video Interview with Top LB in NJ

When Manny Abreu decided to pledge his services to Rutgers Football, it would be a one-time deal. His commitment would be just that, his final word. There would be no switching of caps, no swaying back and forth in the final days, just one announcement, just one time.

In this day and age of the lost meaning of the word commitment, indeed, of the word becoming nothing more than subject to interpretation, there are a few blue-chip players whose word still remains bond. Manny Abreu's announcement and pledge to the Rutgers Football family earlier this fall would be a one-time bulletin, serving notice to the remaining 30 schools that had sent the Garden State standout written offers that his recruitment was finished.

"I just felt real comfortable there. I think me and my family will be very comfortable there. I love my family and I need them close to help support me on and off the field," stated Abreu at the time of his live-TV decision.

On the field, the blue-chip Union Hill standout plays with an impressive motor, has a knack for finding the football, and runs sideline to sideline with the easyness of a fleet-footed cheetah.

In Abreu, however, Rutgers doesn't land just the top 'backer in NJ, and one of the best in the nation, but more importantly, a down-to-earth humble kid whose team-first, me second attitude is the model for what student-athlete and All-Time Rutgers player Brian Leonard was such a quintessential component in laying the foundation for.

In SOR's continued coverage of National Signing Day (NSD), we bring you an interview with Manny Abreu.

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