WR commits to Rutgers

Rutgers needs to replace the speed lost by out-going senior reciever Tim Brown, and went a long way in doing so by getting a non-binding oral commitment from one of the fastest players on its recruiting board. The target is also someone the Scarlet Knights badly wanted, as evidenced by coach Greg Schiano taking a helicopter to see him play earlier this season.

Rutgers wants to bring more speed into the 2010 recruiting class, and did so by reigning in its state's fastest player.

Tejay Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver from Egg Harbor Township (N.J.), committed to Rutgers after making an official visit over the weekend.

Johnson is the reigning New Jersey champion in the 100 meters. He won the event at the Meet of Champions with a time of 10.67 seconds.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano showed his desire to get Johnson when he finished up a day of game prep before the South Florida game and took a helicopter trip to see Johnson play at Hammonton (N.J.) High.

The Scarlet Knights view Johnson as a big-play receiver in the mold of former Rutgers player Kenny Britt, the Big East's all-time leader in reception yards.

"They tell me I could be the next Kenny Britt,'' Johnson said after the game against Hammonton last month. "They say they see my talent like that.''

He is the 15th person to commit to Rutgers for the 2010 class, although several of the players may enroll in January and could count toward the 2009 class.

ScarletReport.com will have more on Johnson's commitment later today.

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