Another FB commitment Friday?

A linebacker from New York who is already committed to one Big East school said he now favors Rutgers and could make a non-binding oral commitment Friday. The player plans to take an unofficial visit to watch the Scarlet Knights host Pittsburgh. And when talking about Rutgers, the player makes no bones about his desire. "I would love to be part of that program,'' he said.

Rutgers could pick up its second non-binding oral commitment in a week for the 2010 class if things go well for Riverhead (N.Y.) High middle linebacker Malcolm Cater during his unofficial visit to Rutgers for Friday's game against Pittsburgh.

Cater is a Syracuse commit, but the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder said he "loves'' Rutgers and said he could "possibly'' commit to the Scarlet Knights after the game.

"It's a possibility,'' Cater said. "I'm going to talk to my uncle, and see what the environment is.''

Cater committed to Syracuse in June, but Wednesday said he did so at the advice of folks around him.

"Syracuse came to me first and my coach wanted me to be protected in case I get injured,'' Cater said. "I committed to Syracuse, but I wasn't sure. I asked the people that I really care about, and they felt Syracuse was the best for me, but I didn't make the decision on my own.''

Rutgers was recruiting Cater when he committed to Syracuse, and he said the recruitment intensified recently.

Cater has a Rutgers offer, and is definitely feeling the Scarlet Knights.

"I would love to be part of that program,'' Cater said. "They talk about doing what you need to do in classroom, and I love that. They want to turn you into a man, and for you to be somebody. I love that about them. (Assistant) coach (Kyle) Flood was telling me about that, and I love it. "I know they're very strict with their education, and they're a football school. They're like a big family. Going to the school one time and being with the coaches, it was just great. I love football, but you have to have that education.''

Cater said his visit to Piscataway sold him.

"I went to Syracuse. It was a nice school, but Rutgers had them beat,'' Cater said. "I love it out there. It's homey. The (practice) bubble, it's crazy. I went there. It was a little bit overwhelming.''

Cater said he continues to hear from Syracuse, and is also getting recruited by West Virginia, Michigan and a few Football Championship Subdivision schools.

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