Deering says why he chose the Scarlet Knights

Before Tampa (Fla.) Leto High's Jeremy Deering tripped to Rutgers a few weeks ago, he really didn't give the Scarlet Knights much of a chance in his recruitment. But as the hours ticked down to a decision, Deering thought more and more about the Scarlet Knights, until he made his decision minutes ago. Deering selected the Scarlet Knights over Florida State.

Rutgers' unfathomable run to signing day continued with another huge commitment when it was the winner in the Jeremy Deering sweepstakes.

Deering, who played at Leto High of Tampa (Fla.), chose the Scarlet Knights over Florida State, announcing his decision on live television at the offices of the Tampa Tribune.

"I'm going to Rutgers,'' Deering told WFA News Channel 8. "With Rutgers, it's the academics, playing time early, stuff like that. I felt like I would get the most playing time there.''

However, Deering said he will not sign a letter of intent until Thursday, when the school holds a ceremony for him.

"I'm glad it's over, and I think I made the right decision,'' Deering said.

Although he played quarterback and defensive back for Leto last season, the 6-foot-2, 206-pound Deering is projected to play receiver at Rutgers.

"He is a tremendous player,'' said his former Leto coach, Hugh Dehnert said. "The first time I had Jeremy, when he was a freshman, I knew he was going to be something special. Athletically, he was very fast, he could stop on a dime and change directions.

"I think one of the things that sets him apart from the other players is he's very physical. He's not afraid to come up and hit you.''

He is the seventh player to commit to the Scarlet Knights in the last three days, and third Tuesday, joining Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) receiver Brandon Coleman and Trinity Catholic Academy (Jacksonville) safety Rashad Knight.

But Deering's commitment is significant in showing the recruiting prowess of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and his staff.

"That's the thing about Jeremy,'' Dehnert said. "He can play running back, he can wide receiver, he can play ‘Wildcat.' He can play any position in the defensive backfield. I can actually see him putting on 30 pounds and playing linebacker. He's a very good athlete, and even a better kid.''

Deering said he wasn't seriously considering Rutgers until he made a visit the weekend of Jan. 22.

As late as Monday evening, Deering was strongly considering Florida State, but was swayed after having discussions with the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff.

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