Rutgers adds more speed to arsenal

One of the top RBs in the country will be wearing Scarlet this fall. This top track athlete made a ton of noise during the summer and the persistence of the Scarlet Knights staff was able to convince the 4-star running back that Piscataway was truly the best fit.

Onterio McCalebb, the 5'11 170 pound thoroughbred RB, from Fort Meade HS, in Polk County, Florida has committed to Rutgers. The 4-star talent, with offers from all over the country, had been committed to West Virginia University. But with Coach Rich Rodriguez heading off to Michigan, McCalebb had a change of heart and decided to stay within the Big East and pledge his commitment to Rutgers. This is the second Polk County star to commit to Rutgers - the other being D.C. Jefferson.

Onterio McCalebb was a relative unknown before the spring of '07. But as recruiting evaluators headed down to Florida, the sunshine state native began putting on shows for the flurry of visitors. And the offers quckly followed, including 'ships from his top 4 schools: West Virginia, Rutgers, Clemson and Auburn. McCalebb, however, decided to put an end to his recruitment after watching the Mountaineers defeat East Carolina 48-7 earlier this season.

Now with Rich Rodriguez choosing to head to Michigan, things just did not seem right for McCalebb. And the Scarlet Knights who were always actively recruiting the prodigy 'back were able to seize the opportunity.

With concerns of Ray Rice's possible departure for the NFL, McCalebb becomes a major recruiting coup for RU. He is an elite talent with the opportunity to make an impact early in his Rutgers career.

"He's not a very talkative guy. He's the type of kid that does his job. But he supports his teammates," stated Fort Meade High School head coach Mike Hayde in an earlier interview with's Kevin Kinder.

"I would call him a hybrid back," said Hayde. "He has a lot of skills. He's very fast and elusive. He runs the ball on either the inside and outside zone. He's also an excellent receiver out of the backfield, and he can catch passes at receiver. And on kick returns he is very explosive."

Stay tuned for more coverage on McCalebb's pledge to Rutgers.

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