Committed But Still Looking Around

For Rutgers, big-play WRs are a key component to the offense. Therefore, obtaining commitments from player such as Shawney Kersey is necessary to fuel the Scarlet Knights high powered offense. Although Kersey has given Greg Schiano and his staff a verbal commitment, he has plans on making a few visits before Signing Day.

Shawney Kersey is among the fastest football players in the state of New Jersey. On the track, Kersey has been clock at 10.6 in the 100-meters. On the football field, his speed has aided him to amass more than 500 yards receiving as a junior. Earlier in the year, he ended his recruitment with a commitment to Rutgers. Recently, he has started to reconsider his decision. "I committed too early before I had a chance to check out other schools". Although he states that he is still committed to the Scarlet Knights, he is planning visits to Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa and Penn State. Of the four, he is apparently more focused on Iowa and Penn State.

Even though additional visits are planned, Kersey did enjoy his visit to Rutgers. "The Rutgers visit was fantastic. The campus, staff, people and dorm rooms were great. The dorm rooms had a lot of space. There is a lot of things that you could do on and off campus - New York is only 45 minutes away." Among the highlights of the trip was the visit to the ESPNzone in NYC. "The food was great and there was a lot of people and games." On the Rutgers campus, he enjoyed the facilities and other activities. "I liked the weight room. It was huge. I also got a chance to watch practice. It was smooth and the people worked hard but it was fun." His visit kept the Scarlet Knights on the top of his list. "I could picture myself in red and black..There is a good chance that I would stay with Rutgers because it is close to home and my family could see me play. It would be easier to get to my games."

Rutgers is still the team to beat but there is still the lure of Iowa and Penn State.

His recruiting coach from Iowa is from his area and the two have developed a solid relationship. The team's star RB, Shonn Greene is also from his area which is another attractions for Kersey. "They play some good teams. The school has won every (individual) awards for each position except WR. I would like to bring that award to the school".

Penn State is also high on his list. "I have not talked to them in the while because of my commitment to Rutgers. I have a lot of Penn State alumni my family. My cousin David Clark helped them to win a National Championship a few years back".

A true final decision appears to be about four weeks away. "I would like to make a decision in mid-January." A big factor will be the players on a given team particularly the freshmen and the younger players along with his feelings on the head coach and WR coach..


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