Is Deering listing Rutgers?

Leto High of Tampa, Fla., running back Jeremy Deering already visited Purdue and he said he will visit Illinois the weekend of Dec. 11. But where does Rutgers stand in the process? And who else is the talented player considering? Deering gives up the goods, and also gives an update on the collarbone injury he sustained in his team's season finale.

Leto High (Tampa, Fla.) running back and defensive back Jeremy Deering added Arkansas to his list of suitors, and said he is tentatively set to visit Illinois the weekend of Dec. 11.

But he doesn't have any visits beyond that scheduled yet, and his recruiting schedule was thrown into flux when he broke his collarbone in the last game of the season and underwent surgery shortly thereafter.

He is also one of Rutgers' top targets in Florida, but the Scarlet Knights will have to rally to land his services.

"Right now, Arkansas, Illinois, Purdue and South Florida, those four are really going hard right now,'' Deering said. "I've been to Rutgers once and I liked it up there, but right now I don't know if I'm going to visit.''

Most schools are looking at Deering as either a running back or a receiver.

Rutgers is still hoping to get an official visit from him, and as recently as two weeks ago was on the Leto campus to check him out, but before it happens he wants to research how he will fit into the offense and on the depth chart.

"I'm looking for a good fit for me, and a place where I can start the first year I get there,'' Deering said.

Deering visited Purdue in September, and cancelled a trip to North Carolina earlier this month when he injured his shoulder, so he still has four trips he can take.

And, Deering may let his recruitment play out.

"I think I'm going to wait until signing day,'' Deering said. "I will do it after I make all my visits.''

Before being injury, Deering rushed for 812 yards and three touchdowns, and had 13 receptions for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

And while Deering will be deliberate in his recruitment, his recovery from collarbone surgery could be quicker than anticipated.

It was originally thought the rehab would be six months and he would miss the track season, but Deering said he should be able to run in the 100 and 200 meters in the spring.


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