How serious is 4-star Perryman About Rutgers?

Four-star middle linebacker Denzel Perryman of Coral Gables (Fla.) High has family roots at Rutgers, where is brother played linebacker. but does that matter to's No. 13-ranked middle linebacker in the 2011 class? Perryman talked to about his recruitment, and whether he is giving Rutgers a courtesy look or if the Scarlet Knights are a player for his services.

Coral Gables (Fla.) High four-star middle linebacker Denzel Perryman holds more than 30 offers, and although he is yet to trim his list, he said several schools caught his eye.

So, how does he view Rutgers?

"I would say to the level they're one of the schools I'm interested in," Perryman said. "Really interested in."

The 6-foot, 220-pound Perryman is the No. 13-rated middle linebacker in the 2011 class by

One of the reasons Perryman is so intrigued by Rutgers is family knowledge. His brother is former Scarlet Knights linebacker Quintero Frierson.

"It's a program my brother went to, and he tells me about it," Perryman said. "He had a real good four years there, and he tells me how it's a good place."

Perryman is looking for the right environment and a coaching staff he relates to and believes in, but when he talks to Frierson about Rutgers there is a different focus.

"The academics, really," Perryman said. "He's telling me how they set you up with tutors, and how the first year you basically have a mentor, and they teach you how to jot down notes, and help you study, and stuff like that."

Adding weight to Frierson's statements is the fact the Scarlet Knights were recently ranked No. 1 in Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures a program's success in graduating players.

Perryman is yet to make a trip to Rutgers, but he said before he announces his college choice he will get to Piscataway, N.J., although he is unsure if it will be this summer or an official visit either in the fall or winter.

However, there is no hard timetable or Perryman to make a decision.

"I really don't know, to be honest with you," he said. "I told myself I would (decide) after I take my five visits. Most likely, I'll know when the time is right."

Perryman made 126 tackles as a junior, and is being recruited to play several linebacker positions.

But does it matter where a school is recruiting him to play?

"Not really, but I prefer the middle," he said. "I played that my whole life."

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