Four-star Poteat Discusses Rutgers Visit

Four-star running back Jameel Poteat of Bishop McDevitt (Pa.) made an unofficial visit to Rutgers late last week, and after a hectic few days he took some time to discuss what transpired, and whether he still has the Scarlet Knights high on his list. He also had a lengthy meeting with coach Greg Schiano. So find out what he had to say about the trip, and where things stand with Rutgers.

Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) four-star running Jameel Poteat already had a good feeling a about Rutgers, and nothing changed that during his unofficial visit to campus last week.

Poteat, who concluded a busy few days with a Saturday trip to Pittsburgh for the spring game, got a up-close and personal look at the Scarlet Knights' practice Thursday, then spent 90 minutes meeting with coach Greg Schiano.

And the two visits make sense since they are a pair of schools Poteat will have in his final list. "Pittsburgh and Rutgers are two schools that I have visited multiple times and they will be in the mix to the end,'' Poteat told

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Poteat had high interest in Rutgers, and nothing about his trip changed that.

"I've always been real high on the school,'' Poteat said. "It helped out, but I was always real high on Rutgers.

"It was a real good trip. Coach Schiano is a real good guy. Their practice is real intense. I got to meet the running back coach and I got to talk to the players at practice a little bit. We had a real good time.''

Poteat was shown red-carpet treatment from the Scarlet Knights, and he spent part of practice watching running backs drills with Schiano.

"I knew coach Schiano was a real good inspirational leader,'' Poteat said. "I didn't know he was like that …in practice running around. He's one of those guys that keep you going. He's a cool coach. I see why kids love to play for him.''

Poteat was accompanied by family members and staff members from Bishop McDevitt, including relative and former Rutgers all-American receiver Brian Cobb.

But even with all the knowledge Poteat had about Rutgers, he wanted to see something specific at practice. And what stood out to him?

"Just how the coaches respond to the players, how the players work, and how Schiano was going from running backs to receivers to cornerbacks,'' Poteat said. "He went to every position just to make sure each player was doing the right stuff. That was cool how he cares about each player.''

Poteat followed the visit to Rutgers with a trip to Pittsburgh's spring game Saturday.

"I was with coach (Dave) Wannstedt and some of the players,'' Poteat said. "And my cousin, (Cleveland Brown') Hank (Poteat), was up there. They were showing me a lot of love there.

"I've been (going) there since my freshman year. I was hanging out with the guys who are in the recruiting class coming in this year because one of my teammates (Salath Williams) was with him. It wasn't anything I didn't do already. It was just the game, so that was pretty cool.''

Poteat said he would likely visit Cincinnati in the coming weeks, and will travel to Florida and USC "in May or June.''

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