Shawney Kersey discusses his Rutgers offer

Woodbury HS WR Shawney Kersey will be one of the hot NJ prospects in the 2009 class after a highly impressive showing at the U.S. Army All-American Combine. He talked to SOR about his recruiting and his Jr. day at RU last Saturday.

Woodbury High School junior wide receiver Shawney Kersey is starting to make a name for himself after a strong showing at the U.S. Army Football All-American Combine in Texas.

Kersey is a two sport athlete that also runs track in the spring. That could explain why he ran a 4.5 40 yard dash at the Army combine and also had a 30 inch vertical leap.

The 6-foot-2 175 pound receiver out of Woodbury, N.J. racked up numerous postseason honors such as All-South Jersey, First Team All-Conference, All Gloucester County and All Courier Post. He was recently offered a scholarship from in-state Rutgers.

Kersey had a chance to attend the Scarlet Knights' junior day last Saturday and came out of the event impressed with the school and took a liking to Head Coach Greg Schiano.

"It was good," Kersey said. "I met (Schiano) and he seems like a fair guy. It doesn't feel like he's tricking you, he's a very truthful person. I was on a tour bus and got to see the campus and thought it was great."

Kersey said he plans on attending Syracuse's junior day on March 1. He's not sure if he will be attending any camps, but said he plans on hiring a personal trainer to prepare for next season.

As of now, Kersey said he's wide open and wants to see what the colleges interested in him have to offer. While that's the case, he does like the offenses run by Florida, Michigan and West Virginia .

"I like how Florida runs the spread," he said. "I also like Michigan and West Virginia's offense. West Virginia runs a shotgun spread and I like how those offenses and like to throw a lot."

Rutgers offense differs from the three schools just mentioned, but Kersey said he's also fond of the Knights system.

"They run a pro style," he said. "They keep a lot of wide receivers out there and I like that too. That gets you ready for the next level because a lot of NFL teams run the pro."

On what he likes about playing wide out, Kersey said, "I like having the ball in my hands. I love running routes, especially the deep ones."

Education is important to him since he knows what he wants to major in, and he's also looking for a place with a strong football background.

"Academics are important, I'm into engineering," Kersey said. "A school that has a good name, reputation and tradition is important. Also a place with a nice campus."

While he would like to play early in college, it won't be a major factor in his final decision.

"I want to play early but I wouldn't be upset if I didn't," he said.

The highly touted receiver said his brother, mom and coach will help him in making his college choice. When asked about when he plans on making his decision, he said "hopefully before his senior year," but also said maybe after he finishes his last season in high school.

"Maybe after my senior football season," he said. "I'll think about it after my five visits."

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