Stokes Not Ready to Name Any Favorites

Four star Northeast HS WR Je'Ron Stokes has received many offers from schools all over the country from the Big 10, the Big 12, SEC, Pac-10 and Big East. He's met with many coaches and talked about his views on Schiano and RU. Come see what he had to say along with what he's looking for in a school.

Four star wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes is receiving serious attention from school all across the country as he has offers from Penn State, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Texas Tech, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Utah and UCLA.

"Everyone has been showing a lot of interest," Stokes said. "A lot of coaches have been coming in. I've met with [Head Coach] Ron Zook of Illinois, [Head Coach] Tim Brewster of Minnesota, Connecticut's [Head Coach] Randy Edsel, Syracuse's Head Coach Greg Robinson and [Head Coach] Greg Schiano of Rutgers."

With so many schools calling for the Northeast High School receiver's services, he's trying to stay patient and doesn't have a defined top five list yet.

"It's still early," Stokes said. 'I'm trying to keep everything about waiting. I'll have a list of favorites around spring or early summer."

What's Stokes looking for in a college? The three biggest factors in his final decision will be the school's educational background, it's surroundings and if they're a legit championship contender or not. Early playing time will also play a role.

"Academics and the place has to have a great atmosphere because that's where I'll be staying at," he said. "They also have to be competing for a championship."

The Philadelphia, Pa. native has met with Schiano and is impressed with what the Rutgers headman brings to the table.

"Schiano is a great coach, a players' coach," he said. "He wants to win and seems like a great guy."

He's said what the campus is like will weight heavily on his final choice and he said Rutgers provides a solid atmosphere. He plans on visiting the Scarlet Knights again real soon.

"I love the facilities they have," he said. "It's a great school that's family oriented."

The 6-foot-1, 185 pound receiver has been to the campus in Piscataway several times and has gotten the chance to meet last season's 2,000 yard rusher ray Rice. Stokes is also a good friend with freshman defensive back Brandon Bing and they've gotten the chance to talk about the school.

"He tells me how much he loves it and he's looking forward to playing more next year," Stokes said. "He loves the coach and said the living quarters are excellent."

Stokes broke two school records at Northeast this season, one for most receiving yardage in one game with 177 yards and the other being the all-time single season receiving record.

"This year I felt like I accomplished a few things," he said. "I missed a few games due to a hamstring injury and I feel like I did pretty okay. I'm working [towards] next year and my team is working hard so we can go to the state championship next year. We're all focused and the coaches are making changes in the offense to open up the playbook."

Stokes is also on the track team and runs a 10.8 100-meter, a 22.6 200-meter and a 14.1 110-meter hurdles. He has a meet on March 1 near Penn State, so he will be taking an unofficial visit with the Nittany Lions while he's there.

The junior receiver wasn't able to give an exact date on when he will make his decision, but did throw hints out there.

"It depends on how my unofficial visits go," Stokes said. "Maybe by the middle of the season next year, I'm not sure. I want to make sure I'm making the right decision.

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