Fla. Hybrid LB/DE Getting Rutgers Offer

Rutgers send out some offers this week, and one went to a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end/linebacker who holds double digit offers. Helping the Scarlet Knights in the recruitment is one of the player's former teammates, who signed with Rutgers in February and will enroll in June. Also, find out what the player in question likes about the Rutgers program, and whether he has a leader.

Ramik Wilson heard former Jefferson High (Tampa) teammate and Rutgers signee Fred Overstreet talk plenty about Rutgers, and now Wilson has the chance to join him in New Jersey.

Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound hybrid linebacker and defensive end, was informed he will be receiving a Rutgers offer in the next few days.

"Fred was telling me they were going to offer,'' Wilson said. "He said he talked to the coach, and the coach told him they were going to offer me. I think it's real big. I saw two of their players go in the first round (of the NFL draft). I like that a lot. I like how they put people into the NFL. That's huge.''

It brings Wilson's offer total to double digits, and a few more could be coming as coaches filter through Jefferson High during the spring evaluation period.

Each of the schools, sans Clemson, are recruiting Jefferson as a defensive end. The Tigers are talking about him playing tight end.

"(Clemson) is supposed to be offering pretty soon,'' Wilson said. "What (Rutgers assistant) coach (Chris) Hewitt is saying is they're probably going to do a lot of what I do in high school, which is first and second down play linebacker, and at third and long get at defensive end and rush the passer. I love that.''

Overstreet is in his ear daily, so even though Wilson hasn't been to Rutgers' campus, he knows an awful lot about it.

"He said it was a beautiful place, a nice stadium, a great tradition,'' Wilson said. "He said if I come up there, I'll love it. I said, ‘All right. Maybe.' ‘'

Wilson said his leader is Texas Tech, but it was a loose leader because he has not been to a lot of campuses. He will visit Texas Tech in the summer.

"(Texas Tech) came to my school recently,'' Wilson said. "They showed me some defensive schemes, and where I'll be playing. I talked to almost every defensive coach there. I'm liking them a lot right now.

"But I'm still pretty open because I'm talking to a lot of new schools because the spring time is an open time for us. I talked to LSU, talked to Kansas, talked to Vanderbilt, Syracuse.''

Wilson made 105 tackles and had 11 sacks as a junior. He made 20 catches for 350 yards, and one of the things Wilson is looking hard at is the type of defense a program plays.

"I'm leaning toward teams that run a 3-4,'' Wilson said. "Every school recruiting me is to rush the passer, and that's what I like doing, so I might as well get in a 3-4 defense and rush the passer like Demarcus Ware.

"I'll still look at teams that run a 403, but I'm leaning toward a 3-4. But if they run a nice little scheme for me in the 4-3 where I can be successful, then, yeah, I'll look at it.''


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