For a college football program to succeed it is critical for them to recruit their home state well. Over the past few years, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have been doing a good job of mining the State of Rutgers for some of its best players. The 2007 recruiting class got off to a fast start with the commitment of New Jersey All-State RB Rashard White. Early today, the Knights added yet another big in-state commitment with the pledge of Eric LeGrand.
LeGrand selected the Knights over offers from Virginia and Maryland along with heavy interest from Notre Dame, Florida, and Miami. The May evaluation period would have netted LeGrand additional offers but he decided to end his recruitment early.
In the end, he selected Rutgers for four reasons. The first reason is the school's proximity to his home with the Rutgers campus only 10 to 15 mins away. He said, "it (Rutgers campus) can be closer than that if you are in a hurry".
The second reason is his mother will have the opportunity to see him play. His mother currently attends all of his games. Since he will be going to college so close, this will not change and she will also attend all of his away games. Therefore, she was 100% behind the decision.
The third reason was the relationship the coaching staff, particularly Coach Schiano and Coach Susan built with him. The Scarlet Knights were the first school to give LeGrand a scholarship back in his freshmen year and the relationship has only blossomed, as LeGrand kept visiting the Rutgers campus.
The fourth reason was the possibility of early playing time. LeGrand has confidence in his ability but he also has reviewed the Rutgers depth chart and has noted some opportunities at the midde LB position. Although he does not mind which LB position he will play, he has a preference for the middle.
LeGrand has already started to set goals for his collegiate career. His first goal is to obtain a communications degree and become an ESPN announcer at the conclusion of his football career. His second goal is to start as a freshmen. His third goal is to become an academic and football All-American.
For now, LeGrand is training for his senior year by running and lifting everyday. He also plans to sell other Rutgers targets into joining him. As a result, he will start calling other prospects in order to bring a national championship to Piscataway.