David Rowe Commits to Rutgers

Coach Schiano got his first defensive back commitment in David Rowe out of Cocoa High School in Florida. Scout.com lists Rowe as the 54th best cornerback in the nation.

Schiano got his second commitment from a Florida resident last night when David Rowe informed the coaching staff that he wanted to be a Scarlet Knight.

"Coach Susan, Coach DeMarest and Coach Schiano came and visited me on Monday," Rowe said. "They are the first ones to do that and I only took a visit to them, to Rutgers and I liked it. Schiano is a real nice Christian guy and I just feel that it is the place that I should be for the next three of four years."

Rowe already met the other Florida commitment, quarterback D.C. Jefferson, during a visit with the RU coaching staff at the ESPN Zone. He said he was impressed by the power of Jefferson's arm.

"He picked up the baseball and threw it 89 or 90 miles an hour," Rowe said. "That is all I need to know about what kind of arm he has."

While playing for an emerging football power like Rutgers is nice, Rowe was most impressed by the academics when visiting Rutgers. It was a cold day, so Rowe said he did not spend a lot of time walking around campus, although he was able to pick up enough of a sense of what graduating from Rutgers means.

Schiano explained to Rowe that Rutgers has one of the top APR ratings among public schools, that RU declined an invitation to join the Ivy League, which impressed Rowe greatly.

"I think it came down to where my degree can hold the most worth," Rowe said. "I think that it would be a Rutgers degree."

Rowe said that he was not planning on taking any more visits and was impressed by the fact that Rutgers was the only school that went after him as hard as they did. Auburn, Miami (FL), South Carolina, and South Florida were among the other schools that Rowe was interested in, but Schiano and his coaching staff blitzed him with attention, which won Rowe over in the end.

The defensive back position is certainly an area of the team that could improve off of this past season. Safety Ron Girault is a graduating and even though the other safety Courtney Greene recently announced he will return to Rutgers for his senior season, there will be some playing time that will be up for grabs.
Rowe is not making any guarantees on what his role on the team will be next year, but he is planning to try to play his way on the field.

"I am going to compete to play early," Rowe said. "Either playing the offensive side of the ball or the defensive side of the ball, I will play whichever one I can get in the game quicker."

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