Fla. RB talks in-home with Schiano, RU offer

A three-star running back from Florida said he recently picked up an offer from Rutgers, and had an in-home visit with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano this week. The player said his mom "really connected" with Schiano. The player is considering two other schools, including one from the SEC, and will make his decision after visiting each of them.

When The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Jawan Jamison travels north to Rutgers for his official visit in two weeks, he will do so with a scholarship offer in his hand.

Following an in-home visit with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano on Tuesday, Jamison said he has an offer from the Scarlet Knights.

"Yes, sir, I have an offer,'' Jamison said.

The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Jamison added his mom connected with Schiano.

"He really hit home with my mom,'' Jamison said. "Everything he was saying to me about how he pushes the kids, and how he cares for the kids, and how you're a student first, and he never lets you miss school, that really hit home with my mom.

"She pushes me a lot. Like he said, she never lets me miss school unless I'm really hurt.''

Jamison's recruitment is centering on three schools.

He will visit Northern Illinois on Jan. 15, followed by trips to Rutgers (Jan. 22) and South Carolina (Jan. 29), both of whom were scheduled to follow Schiano into Jamison's home.

"It's pretty even,'' Jamison said. "Right now I have three. South Carolina has moved back into it. South Carolina and Northern Illinois are going to come (Wednesday) for an in-home.''

Schiano's visit allowed Jamison and his mom to learn about a plethora of topics, including academics and playing time.

"We set up an official visit for me, talked about grades and (Schiano) laid everything out on the table for me, told me how many running backs they were taking, and who had committed already,'' Jamison said. "He told me if I come to Rutgers and work hard, and I bust my butt, I could possibly start as a true freshman because they're going to play the best player. He said whoever works the hardest will play.''

Jamison ran for 1,300 yards on 135 carries for the Bulldogs. He also scored 17 touchdowns for the Class 2B state champions.

Rutgers has a commitment from Edward H. White (Jacksonville) running back Casey Turner, who is scheduled to visit North Carolina next weekend, and is also recruiting Columbia (S.C.) Irmo High running back Mustafa Greene.

"(Coach Schiano) said if it came down to it, they would take three backs,'' Jamison said.

Jamison added he has to improve his ACT score to qualify, but doesn't believe that will be an issue.

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