Four-star RB Ready for Rutgers Visit

Four-star running back Jameel Poteat will visit Rutgers unofficial Thursday. The Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) star holds dozens of offers, from Florida to USC and many more between. So, what chance does Rutgers have in the sweepstakes? Poteat is candid in his response to whether or not the Scarlet Knights have a legitimate shot, or whether he is giving a couresty visit. Find out what he said.

Four-star running back Jameel Poteat holds offers from some of the biggest schools, and from coast-to-coast. Among the dozens of schools to offer the Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) star are USC and Florida.

On Thursday, he will be at Rutgers for his latest unofficial visit to the school. But with so many offers and some of the highest profile schools in the nation, how serious is the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Poteet about Rutgers?

"I have a lot of offers, and it's good, and there's been kids that have a lot of offers, and are ranked high, and they always go to the USCs, the LSUs, the Floridas,'' Poteat said. "Don't get me wrong, those are all good programs, but you don't really see those guys going to Rutgers, Syracuse.

"I think it would be a different opportunity, and it would open doors for a lot of others kids, and see how you can really go to a Big East school when you're ranked that high. I like Rutgers a lot and coach (Greg) Schiano is a great guy.''

Poteat, the No. 11 rated tailback by, said his relationship with Schiano is a big reason why he is so fond of the Scarlet Knights, and why he is visiting for the second time in a few months.

"There's something about those guys. They treat me with open arms,'' Poteat said. "(Schiano) is just a great guy. It wasn't even my sophomore year, and we had that connection where we could sit in his office and just talk. I talked to (quarterback) Tom Savage a little bit.

"Coach Schiano, I like him as a coach, and he's a good leader, too. Some coaches, you want to play for and do something good for him. He's one of those coaches that you just want to do so good for him because of the kind of person he is, and what he's doing for the program.''

Poteat rushed for 1,664 yards and 24 touchdowns and had 25 catches for 252 yards as a junior. And through it all, he heard the voice of family member Brian Cobb, a Rutgers honorable mention all-American in 1987.

"We have a real good relationship, and we just hang,'' Poteat said. "While we're at practice, he's always chanting RU rah-rah. He's a Rutgers guy, though, so I try to make him real happy.''

Cobb, an assistant at Bishop McDevitt, will accompany Poteat to Rutgers this week. He also has family in New Jersey, which could bode well for the Scarlet Knights.

"I really have pride in New Jersey, too,'' said Poteat, who set a rough timetable for his decision. "I would love to get it done before the season. If I have to wait it out, I would do it, but I want to have it done by the second or third game, just to get it out of the way.''

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