Jamison discusses decision

Why did Jawan Jamison commit to Rutgers, and how does The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back fit into the 2010 recruiting class? Jamison talks about why he committed to the Scarlet Knights, whether he thinks he can play early, and what he likes about the school. Also, find out what type of running Jamison is, and what he is doing to improve he speed.

The combination of a homey feel and the possibility of early playing time were the impetuses behind The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Jawan Jamison committing to Rutgers.

Jamison canceled a trip to South Carolina and balked at late overtures from Wake Forest to visit so he could commit to the Scarlet Knights.

"When I went up on my official, I liked it, my mom liked it, and Iliked all the coaches and she liked all the coaches,'' Jamison said. "It seemed liked it was a great fit for me. I feel like I can go in and start right away in my freshman year. I've already started working out and I'm running track to work on my speed.''

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Jamison is an avid film watcher, and although he doesn't have pure breakaway speed, his vision in finding running lanes and his cutback ability make him a strong tackle-to-tackle runner.

"I watch running backs all the time,'' he said. "I watch a lot of film. It started with my brother. My brother always used to watch other running backs and go out to practice and try to do what they do.

"My brother always taught me to watch and look for my cutbacks and watch my linemen and basically use my eyes and my technique.''

Rutgers' running back situation is intriguing in that Jourdan Brooks transferred, leaving Joe Martinek and De'Antwan Williams as the only healthy returning ball carriers from last season. Kordell Young is trying to return from a second reconstructive knee surgery.

Jamison ran for more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns as The Bolles School won its second consecutive Florida Class 2B title.

However, he wants to improve his speed, and he believes improving his technique is central to that happening.

"I'm going to run track this spring,'' Jamison said. "That should help me out.''

Jamison will run the 100, 200 and 4 X 100 meters in track. His best 40 time is 4.4 seconds, and his best time in the 100 meters is "10.6 or 10.5 seconds,'' he said.

He broke the news of his commitment on a conference call with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, Rutgers assistant coach Ed Pinkham, Jamison's mother and his high school coach, Corky Rogers. Best 40 is 4.4 and best 100 is 10.6

"They were happy,'' he said. "Everybody was happy and jumping up and down. They were happy I committed to Rutgers. I liked Rutgers, the coaches, the players and the atmosphere.''


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