Rutgers roll continues with Fla. LB commit

Rutgers hosted a surprise visitor this weekend in linebacker Fred Overstreet from Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson, and it resulted the fourth commitment in two days for the Scarlet Knights, who are rolling along as their recruiting class was pushed to 19 with this latest verbal.

Rutgers continued its recent run on recruiting by picking up its fourth commitment in two days when Jefferson High of Tampa (Fla.) product Fred Overstreet gave the Scarlet Knights a non-binding oral commitment today.

"He did it this morning,'' Dragons coach Michael Fenton said. "He will be signing with Rutgers on Wednesday. It's a done deal."

Overstreet played linebacker and tight end for Jefferson. He was recruited to Rutgers to play linebacker at Rutgers.

"He took his visit over the weekend and really liked it,'' Fenton said. "He's a big hitter, very quick, very strong kid. Rutgers got a very good kid.''

Overstreet had a team-leading 160 tackles as the Dragons reached the Class 3A state semifinals this season. He also had five sacks.

As a tight end, Overstreet caught 17 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. "He's a really good football player,'' Fenton said. "He's a big hitter.''

Overstreet had offers from Purdue, Minnesota and Syracuse, but according to Fenton he didn't act soon enough so those scholarships were withdrawn.

"You know how it is,'' Fenton said. "Schools offer 20 scholarships and want 10 kids. That's what happened so Purdue withdrew it. Syracuse did the same thing.''

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