Beauharnais commits to Scarlet Knights

The Rutgers 2009 commit list is continuing to grow as they just locked up another player in linebacker Steven Beauharnais. The backer out of Saddle Brook, N.J. wanted to go through the process before making a decision, but decided now was the time and the Knights were the program he wanted to play for.

The decision by Steven Beauharnais to come to Rutgers was sudden considering a short time ago he said he wanted to take his time through recruiting. Things changed and he felt it was best for him to stay in the Garden State and spend his college years with the Scarlet Knights.

"My family felt comfortable [with the school] so we decided it was the right time to commit," Beauharnais said about choosing Rutgers. "I felt comfortable every time I went there. I've looked at other places, but it was Rutgers that made me feel at home."

To Beauharnais, the Knights just offered him the best package and brought the most to the table.

"It's everything," he said. "The staff and [Head Coach Greg] Schiano the most. But also the education, facilities and the people."

The linebacker/fullback from Saddle Brook High School said the coaching staff was the most influential in his decision. All of his encounters with the staff were on point as they talked about his value to the program and where he fits into their future plans.

"They treated me well," Beauharnais said. "They told me that I'm important to the defense and the future. They showed me some defensive schemes and how I would fit into them."

Beauharnais will most likely be on the defensive side of the ball at Rutgers. He said it looks as if he will be in the middle linebacker, but there's a possibly of him playing either one of the two outside positions. He's willing to play wherever he's needed.

"I like the middle, but I'll move if that's where they want me to play," he said.

"I can show leadership and I'm physical," he said. "I can work hard and get everyone around me to work hard. I can do all the little things and hopefully help bring this team a National Championship."

Now being apart of the Knights, he said he will try his best to help bring in some potential recruits to New Jersey.

"I don't know a lot of recruits, but if I see somebody with an interest in Rutgers, I'm going to talk to them," he said.

Temple, Maryland and Boston College were the other schools that were in the race for Beauharnais, but Rutgers was the only school with an official offer. Temple was the closest of the three, but didn't offer him anything written.

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