Rutgers Increases Interest in Florida DB

Rutgers continues to hit Florida hard in the recruiting process, and one school in particular has plenty of talent. The Scarlet Knights already offered three members of St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), and now have increased their recruitment of a fourth player at the school. The defensive back already holds an offer from Texas A&M, and is looking to leave he state.

Rutgers already offered scholarships to a trio of players from St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.), and now the Scarlet Knights may make it a quartet.

Marcus Roberson, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound safety at St. Thomas Aquinas projected to be a cornerback in college, has been hearing from Rutgers a lot lately, and the Scarlet Knights may be ready to offer him.

"We've been in contact and they told me they were really interested,'' Roberson said. "I don't really know much about the school, but I will check them out. Their receivers coach (P.J. Fleck) has been in contact with me a lot on Facebook.''

One thing Roberson knows is the Scarlet Knights are active on the campus of the South Florida power. Three of his teammates -- offensive lineman Bobby Hart and receivers Phil Dorsett and Rashad Greene -- already hold written offers from Rutgers.

Roberson holds an offer from Texas A&M and said the Aggies remain the school showing him the most interest.

He is also being recruited by Illinois, but added not many other schools were showing him interest.

"I think I would like to leave home to play,'' Roberson said. "It's a chance to experience something different.''

Although Roberson plays safety for St. Thomas Aquinas, his favorite position is cornerback, he said. His exposure will be limited in the spring and summer since he said he will attend combines, but doesn't plan on taking any unofficial visits during the offseason.

Instead, his focus is on getting ready for 2010, and using last year's loss to Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) in the Class 5A state semifinals as motivation.

"It's something we are thinking about, but in a good way,'' Roberson said. "We want to work hard and keep that in our minds so we stay focused. It's not a negative thing. It's something we are using as a positive.''

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