Rutgers FB, BB watching 2011 big man

Rutgers football and basketball programs are showing interest in the class of 2011 big man, but before the St. Peter's Prep rising junior can decide on a college, he must decide on a sport. spoke with the player following Friday's 60-7 win at Bayonne, and got an update on when he will make a decision on sports, and also about some of the schools recruiting him.

Before Keith Lumpkin can decide on a school, the 6-foot-8 class of 2011 prospect from St. Peter's Prep of Jersey City, N.J., has to decide on a sport.

He was a driving force behind a St. Peter's 60-7 win Friday at neighboring Bayonne as the offensive line continually opened holes to lead a dominating running game, but Lumpkin is yet to decide whether his college career will continue on the football field or the basketball court.

But whichever sport he selects, Rutgers figures to be part of the recruitment process because both football coach Greg Schiano and basketball coach Fred Hill have shown interest in Lumpkin.

"For basketball, I heard from St. John's, Seton Hall, Rutgers …like almost all the Big East,'' Lumpkin said. "For football, coach (Rich) Hansen tells me I have schools like Rutgers, Miami, North Carolina State (interested)… I'm not really sure of the other ones.''

Does that mean Lumpkin doesn't pay much attention to recruiting at this point?

"It's not on my mind,'' he said. "I'm just thinking about playing hard and doing well in school and keeping my grades up.''

Lumpkin, a 6-foot-8 250-pound right tackle, said "around this time next year I'll probably know what sport I'm going to do,'' but for now he is trying to enjoy both.

On the football field, he has the length to play on the exterior of the offensive line, and Bayonne found out about that early as Marauders ran the ball at will in the dominating win to improve to 2-1.

"We knew they had a big line so we just had to make sure we did the stuff we worked on all week,'' Lumpkin said. "It was easy, but we wanted to make sure we did all of our zone (blocking) and make sure we got on people and moved them off the first line.''

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