Four-star RB ready for Rutgers visit

One of the top running backs in the region said he is looking forward to attending Rutgers' Junior Day event on Jan. 16. He already has offers from a dozen schools, and more are certain to come for this dynamic player who ran for more than 1,600 yards and had 25 catches as a junior. He also talks about a unique tie he has with the Scarlet Knights program.

Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) four-star running back Jameel Poteat already took two trips to Rutgers, and a good sign for the Scarlet Knights is the eagerness one of the region's top class of 2011 recruits is showing toward his next visit.

Poteat, who holds offers from a dozen schools, including Rutgers, said he will be on campus for the Scarlet Knights' junior day extravaganza Jan. 16.

"I just like the way coach (Greg) Schiano is running his program,'' the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Poteat said. "It's close to home and the program is going in such a good direction, I'm going to go up there and see how I like it.

"I went up to a practice there in the spring and checked out the atmosphere. It was like a big family. And I went to the Cincinnati game.''

Rutgers is no stranger to Poteat, who has long known about the program.

One of Poteat's family members, Brian Cobb, was an honorable mention Associated Press all-American in 1987 as a flanker. Cobb had 16 catches for 267 yards and two touchdowns, and also carried eight times for 41 carries.

"I've known about Rutgers for a long time,'' Poteat said. "I was a big fan of Ray Rice, and he helps a little bit, too, with everything he's doing. I know they have a young team, so they're only going to get better.''

Poteat already holds offers from Tennessee, Illinois, Pittsburg, Iowa, Connecticut, Boston College, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Purdue, and he believes a bundle more are on the way.

Poteat is sending out film from his junior season, when he ran for 1,664 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns.

"My coach just finished my film. All the schools that wanted to see my film, they were pretty sure they were going to offer me,'' Poteat said. "They were USC, Oklahoma, Florida State, Miami, Florida. They were all pretty sure they would offer me during the process.''

Poteat also plans on making the rounds in the offseason.

Not only will he make it to Rutgers' junior day, there are few other nearby schools he wants to visit.

"I'm probably going to check out Penn State, Pitt, everything on the east coast,'' he said. "I'm going to talk to my dad and try to make it out everywhere to see what everyone is talking about, what each campus looks like.''

And where is the place he is yet to visit that he wants to see the most?

"Virginia Tech,'' Poteat said. "I always wanted to go out there, and I have family there. I liked them since I was little and wanted to take a visit out there. And I want to take one out to USC.''


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