4-star WR Coleman explains choosing Rutgers

It was a long recruitment, but in the end Brandon Coleman said he went with his "gut" in choosing Rutgers. The four-star receiver from Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) talked about why he chose the Scarlet Knights, including his relationship with quarterback Tom Savage and what he hopes to learn from Mohamed Sanu. Coleman also weighed in on the latest flurry of player committing to Rutgers.

After announcing his decision during an afternoon press conference at Bishop McNamara High (Forestville, Md.), four-star receiver Brandon Coleman was relaxed.

"I feel real good,'' the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Coleman said. "I have a big smile on my face.''

In discussing his commitment to Rutgers, a school he favored throughout the process and never wavered on, he said it was a combination of things that led to his decision.

From the relationship he had with the coaching staff, to a bond he formed with current quarterback Tom Savage, to the vibe he experienced every time he was on the Rutgers campus, Coleman also left with a good feeling.

"I feel comfortable there,'' Coleman said. "On all my unofficial visits, I felt comfortable every single time I went up there. I had to listen to my gut, and my gut told me, ‘This is where you need to be. This is the next step in your life.' ‘'

Coleman said he called Rutgers coach Greg Schiano after his press conference to share the news.

"He was happy,'' Coleman said. "He looks at me as a young man who can do a lot more in the future.''

Savage and Coleman became friends last spring when the two visited Rutgers to watch spring practice, and they have stayed in contact. So much so Coleman said Savage was instrumental in his decision to become a Scarlet Knight.

"Every receiver wants a quarterback to get him the ball, and a quarterback that has experience,'' Coleman said. "You can't ask for nothing better than to have a true freshman starting, and to have an arm like he does, and have the knowledge of the game he does already. That's good leadership right there.''

Coleman is also looking forward to being in the same unit as another freshman who excelled last season in receiver Mohamed Sanu.

"I could go under his wing,'' Coleman said. "He played as a true freshman too, and I could go and learn from him. He can teach me the x's and o's, and how to work with the people there.''

About the only thing Coleman seems uncomfortable is his stature as one of the key members of Rutgers' recruiting class.

He is the first four-star commit to a class that has quickly grown to 21, with possibly three more to come in the next 20 hours or so.

"I don't really look at it like that because all that ranking stuff really never meant anything to me,'' Coleman said. "I always thought it was hard to judge somebody, but I guess it's a big deal, like my coach is trying to tell me. I'm humbled and honored, and I'm just excited about the whole thing.''

While Coleman may be the highest rated recruit of Rutgers' class, he is not the only highly thought of player to join the class of 2010 lately.

In the last three days, five other players, including four from Florida, committed to Rutgers.

Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville) safety Rashad Knight, South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) defensive lineman Djwany Mera, Miami Carol City cornerback Gareef Glashen, Manasquan (N.J.) offensive lineman Rob Forst and Jefferson High of Tampa linebacker Fred Overstreet all gave a pledge.

Also, running back Jawan Jamison of The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) committed to Rutgers late last week.

And Coleman has noticed it all.

"I think we're shaping up as a class and looking real bright in the future,'' said Coleman, who is joining close friend and Rutgers commit Lorenzo Waters. "He was real happy. I'm happy we're going to be up there together.''

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