RU Keeps on Rolling: Shawney Kersey Commits

The Scarlet Knights continue to recruit at a furious pace. RU secured its latest commitment from one of the best and fastest WRs on the east coast. Shawney Kersey, by way of Woodbury Junior-Senior HS in Woodbury, NJ, has given Greg Schiano and staff their 18th verbal commitment.

It was only a few years ago when Coach Greg Schiano stated that he and his staff needed to make great inroads into South Jersey. Not only build a wall around the state, but also to specifically focus on its southern boundary. Rutgers has seemingly made a highway to the State University of New Jersey and the Hale Center (Rutgers Football Complex) for players like Gerald Hodges, Aaron Hayward, Logan Ryan and now Shawney Kersey. Rutgers newest commitment only days ago told Allen Wallace that West Virginia was his leader. However, the Scarlet Knights' offense and their proximity to home were among the key factors that won the Scarlet Knights his service.

"I discussed it with my brother, cousins and mother then called Coach Schiano. I thought about West Virginia also but I would be more productive and used more at Rutgers than at West Virginia. I felt at home at Rutgers. It was close to home. If my mother needed me, I could come home," stated Kersey.

The biggest factor appeared to be the man in charge, Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano.

"I like Greg Schiano. I like everything about him. He is a real person who is looking to help me be successful. When I talked to him one-on-one, it does not seem like he just wanted me as a person, not just as a player. He said to take some time and make a decision. After I thought about it, I felt it was where I wanted to go," continued the Garden State standout.

Although Rutgers has been burning up the recruiting trail, Kersey stated it only had little influence on his final decision.

"I was already thinking about going to Rutgers before the other players committed. The fact that they were going only helped a little. I know Gerald Hodges and Aaron Heyward personally and we talked about it. Before Aaron committed, I told him that I was thinking about committing. He told me about the new QB (Tom Savage). I looked him up on the Internet and saw that he was pretty good. I think with all of us committing we can win the national championship."

With Kersey now in the Rutgers fold, the Knights now have another deep threat. On the track, he was timed at 10.4-seconds in the 100-meter dash. He feels that his biggest assets are his awareness on the field, ability to separate from DBs and ability to stretch out a play (i.e., yards after catch: YAC). As a junior, Kersey finished his season at 8-3, with 35 catches for 534 yards and four touchdowns. He also had three touchdowns on kick returns and three on punt returns. He hopes to parlay these abilities into playing time as a true freshman. However, he would not be bothered by taking a redshirt year to hone his abilities and acclimate to school.

For Kersey, ending his recruitment was a big weight off his shoulders. "I will not be taking any more visits. I am at Rutgers. I plan on finishing off strong in school and having a great football season."

For the Rutgers fans out there, he has one message for those die hards: "Get ready for a national championship!!!"

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