Rutgers lands three-star Maryland safety

Rutgers is getting ready to host a bunch of class of 2011 prospects Saturday, but got more immediate help today when three-star safety Lorenzo Waters of DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) gave coach Greg Schiano a non-binding oral commitment. After choosing the Scarlet Knights over California and Wake Forest, Waters spoke to to discuss why Rutgers is the best school for him.

The decision took a little longer than originally planned, but the extra weeks enabled Lorenzo Waters to gain clarity before making a decision on his future.

After talking with a few friends, his coaches and his family, the DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) three-star safety called Rutgers coach Greg Schiano today and gave a non-binding oral commitment.

"I figured I would get it over with and make a decision,'' said Waters, a 6-foot, 200-pounder who likely will play free safety. "I already had an idea where I wanted to go, where I wanted to be, so I spoke with my family one more time and talked to my coaches and got it over with.''

Waters' commitment fills an enormous need in the Scarlet Knights' recruiting class. Rutgers needed a safety, and Waters is the first member of the 2010 class to commit who will stay at that position.

"They have good academics, a good engineering program, which I'm looking into,'' Waters said. "They are up and coming and I want to be a part of that.''

Waters took an official visit in early December, and followed it with trips to Wake Forest and California. He originally planned to make a decision before the holidays, but that time passed and he remained undecided.

"It took longer because the schools I narrowed it down to were all really good schools,'' Waters said. "It was pretty hard to say no to any of those schools, although I had to do it. It all came down to where I felt at home.''

There is also a certain familiarity with Rutgers.

When he made his visit, he was hosted by senior-to-be safety, fellow Maryland native and cousin Joe Lefeged.

"It's a heavy burden off my back,'' Waters said. "A lot of stress was taken off because I had a lot of people asking me every day, ‘Hey, where you going? Where you going?' Now, it's back to where I can relax because I know what's going to happen.''

Another key person Waters spoke to before committing was close friend and Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) receiver Brandon Coleman, who is also being recruited by Rutgers.

Coleman already visited Rutgers and Maryland, and is taking an official visit to Syracuse this weekend.

So, is Waters going to recruit Coleman to Rutgers?

"Well, if he wants to be part of the family, I guess he can hop on board,'' Waters said. "It's all up to him. I respect whatever he does.''

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