Stroud makes the decision to be a Knight

Rutgers has apparently received a late Christmas present with the commitment of Keith Stroud. The 6'3"-190lb WR selected Rutgers over offers from South Carolina, Ole Miss, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Iowa, and Toledo.

With Tiquan Underwood and Kenny Britt, Rutgers already had two of the best WRs in the country. With the addition of 4-star WR Timothy Wright, Rutgers fans knew that the WR corps would continue to get better. The day after Christmas, the Rutgers WR corp might have gotten better in a hurry with the commitment of Keith Stroud. The Brooklyn native, now attending Fork Union Military Academy, had previously pledged to Temple, but a flurry of late-season interest, including an offer from the Scarlet Knights, was enough to change his mind.

The facilities and the coaching staff were the difference for Stroud. When he told the Rutgers coaches that he committed, he stated that "Rutgers is the place that I want to be". He went on further to say, "I feel comfortable at Rutgers and a part of the program. The facilities are only 3 years old and has everything. The practices are intense and everyone was flying around. The wide receiver coach is hands on. Coach Schiano really gets involved with the drills".

Although the Rutgers WR corp are very good with most of the key players returning, Stroud feels confident that he will play next season. As he states, "they have a couple of WRs graduating, so I will have some opportunities". This confidence is born from his 4.52 speed in the forty, an impressive 38 1/2 vertical leap and a hand size that measures at 10 3/4 inches. He has plans on helping Kenny Britt to stretch the defense and causing match up problems for opposing DBs.

Stroud stated that his commitment is solid. However, he will still take his final two visits to Iowa on January 18th and Toledo on January 4th. For Stroud, he wants to be secure in his decision. As he states, "I have until February to make a decision and I would like to give everyone an equal chance". He stated that Rutgers is aware that he will take his remaining visits and they are comfortable with it. Rutgers even told him to take all of his visits.

Interestingly, Stroud states that he will be starting Rutgers in January and will have 5 years to play 4 years. Therefore, Stroud stated that his verbal to Rutgers is solid.

Note: Last season for Fork Union Military Academy, Stroud amassed 35 catches for 680 yards and 7 TDs. In high school, he was an All-State performer and played in the Governors' Bowl.

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