Rutgers recruiting Olympia hard

Rutgers continues to hit Florida hard in recruiting, and one road traveled took the Scarlet Knights to Olympia High in Orlando. The Scarlet Knights previously offered a defensive lineman, and now are heavy after the Titans' best safety. In addition, Rutgers is also keeping tabs on several other players on Olympia's talented roster.

Rutgers made a huge haul in Florida in the 2010 class, and the Scarlet Knights are very active in the Sunshine State as recruiting for the 2011 class moves to the forefront.

One place the Scarlet Knights are vigorously recruiting is Olympia High or Orlando, which has a number of Division I prospects.

The best-known talent is defensive lineman Deon Green, a 6-foot-4, 265-pounder who holds offers from Rutgers, Northwestern, Illinois, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Central Florida. But Rutgers is also looking at several other Titans.

Olympia coach Bob Head said he believes Rutgers is close to offering free safety Corian Hamilton, who already possesses offers from Cincinnati, Illinois and Florida International.

"We have some players (Rutgers) is really looking hard at,'' Head said. "They do a great job recruiting. They're very thorough. They don't just throw out offers. They really research the kids and they're coaching staff does a good job when they come down here.

"They're really personable and they don't want to miss on kids. I've been really impressed with them in my six years here.''

Deon Green
The headliner at Olympia is Green, who runs a 5.0 (seconds) 40-yard dash, and clocked in at 4.3 seconds in the shuttle last month.

Green attended Florida's junior day, and is also being recruited by Miami and Florida State.

"They're all on him, and it's just a matter of when they're going to (offer) him,'' Head said. "He's already qualified.''

Green maintains a 3.3 grade point average, and already scored a 900 on his SAT before taking prep classes, Head added.

On the field, Green is raw, but talented.

"He's a big-time kid,'' Head said. "If Rutgers gets him, that's a huge sign. The thing that separates him is he's really raw. This is only his second year of playing football, and he's a freak athlete. He can run. If he's on the ground, he gets up like a linebacker. The mobility of this kid is unbelievable. The kid can move.

"He plays tackle, he plays nose, he plays defensive end. He can play them all. He's real athletic.''

Meanwhile, Hamilton brings size to the safety position.

He is 6 -1, 215 pounds and has 17 interceptions in 21 career games.

"He's always played safety, but many people are projecting him to be a Will linebacker because of his size and speed,'' Head said. "Maybe he can be a strong safety in some defenses, but he can play anywhere. He's a really great athlete.''

According to Head, Rutgers is also keeping tabs on three other Olympia players -- in 6-1, 205-pound running back Jarius Pace, who holds offers from Florida Atlantic and Florida International, 6-1, 180-pound receiver Isiah Myers and 6-0, 210-pound linebacker Darryl Monroe.

"Myers and Monroe are on the fence right now,'' Head said. "They're really close (to getting offers).''

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