Injured Fla. RB has RU, UNC, Purdue on list

Rutgers was out reccruiting during last week's bye, and one of its top offensive targets is in Florida. That is where Scarlet Knights assistant coach Chris Hewitt went, and he stopped by this Gulf Coast school to check in. The player already visited Purdue, and was set to visit North Carolina this weekend. Will the player take an official visit to Rutger? Find out the latest here.

A difficult season ended in a painful manner for Leto High (Tampa, Fla.) running back Jeremy Deering, who is postponing a weekend visit to North Carolina because of a broken collarbone, which will require surgery, according to coach Hugh Denhert.

Deering suffered the injury against Middletown (Tampa) on Friday, a day in which Rutgers assistant coach Chris Hewitt was on the campus as the Scarlet Knights continued to recruit the 6-foot, 190-pounder.

According to Denhert, Rutgers, North Carolina, South Carolina, Purdue and South Florida are all in contention for Deering's services.

"He is completely open right now,'' Denhert said. "I know Rutgers is right there in the mix. I wanted him to finish the season before getting really involved in recruiting. I let him talk to the guys recruiting him and let him know what was going on, but I wanted him to be focused on the season.''

Deering took an official visit to Purdue for the Sept. 26 game against Notre Dame. Denhert said the trip to North Carolina would be rescheduled, and there was a chance Deering could be on an official visit in Piscataway when the Scarlet Knights host West Virginia on Dec. 5.

"There's a lot of variables involved,'' Denhert said. "One of the things is the academic structure. All of the schools he's looking at are very good academic institutions. He is very interested in matriculating through.''

Rutgers is recruiting Deering as a running back/receiver. The only school recruiting him for defense is North Carolina, according to Denhert.

He rushed for 812 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and three touchdowns for Leto (2-7). He also had 13 catches for 265 yards (20.4 ypc) and three receiving touchdowns.

"He's a big kid,'' Denhert said. "He can play linebacker when he gets into college and gets three squares a day, and gets into the weight room. He can put on 30 pounds quickly.''

However, it will be a while before weight training can take place.

Deering is trying to schedule surgery to repair his collarbone, which also figures to cancel his track season. He ran the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles.

"It's going to be a long healing time; five months,'' Denhert said. "He won't be able to run track, so he's pretty upset about that.''


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