Stars Come Out for Rutgers Camp

Rutgers football camps are in high gear, and there was a bundle of talent on campus Monday as players flooded the fields. One member of the 2011 class picked up an offer, as did a member of the 2012 class. Two other high-profile prospects told how seeing the campus changed their attitude toward Rutgers, and another on said don't be shocked if he commits to Rutgers in the winter.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers camps are in full swing, and the talent was aplenty Monday, with a few high-profile Florida players getting their first looks at the campus and beginning to understand what coach Greg Schiano has built with the Scarlet Knights.

Receiver Chevelle Buie of Cocoa (Fla.) High was so excited about his first trip to Rutgers he said "I love it, just love it," and's No. 7-ranked middle linebacker, Tony Steward of Pedro Menendez High (St. Augustine, Fla.), said he gained an appreciation and a bigger interest in the Scarlet Knights after making the trip.

Also, Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central's Giorgio Newberry, a defensive end and offensive tackle, toured the football facilities and met with the coaching staff before heading home after the event, and offensive lineman Marquis Lucas of Miami Central High received an offer before heading home.

There were plenty of other highlights during the first full day of the camp, and breaks them down:

  • One intriguing development was an offer to Lucas, who thought about committing and could pull the trigger when he gets home and talks it over with family. He nearly committed to receivers coach P.J. Fleck a few weeks back, but hadn't seen the campus yet.
    However, he was able to check out the football facilities, meet the rest of the coaching staff and get a better feel for the program.

  • Another interesting tidbit came from Buie, who is being looked at as a slot receiver. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Buie said, "I could see myself playing here."
    He added it helps former Cocoa High teammate David Rowe, a starting cornerback for Rutgers, speaks highly of the Scarlet Knights.
    Buie will be on campus until Wednesday, but won't be very active for the next couple of weeks after pulling his left hamstring in the morning workout.

  • Steward stood out immediately in individual drills, moving fluidly across the practice field. He was also intrigued by Rutgers since New Jersey was nothing of what he anticipated.
    "It's not like I thought it would be," he said. "I thought it would be more cold and more city-like. More trees than I thought. …My interest is pretty high now that I've come up and seen the place. I like it a lot."

  • Rutgers commit Andrew Campolattano worked out with the linebacker during the morning and afternoon, and looked explosive and quick. He also moved well laterally.

  • Newberry did some camp work in the morning and spend the afternoon checking out the campus, seeing the facilities and speaking with members of the coaching staff.
    "I think it went pretty good," Newberry said. "I got to hang out with the coaches. I learned about the school. It was a good experience."

  • Absegami High (Absecon, N.J.) running back Ben Martin, who holds a Rutgers offer, ran very well in the morning, clocking in at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
    Martin's recruitment has been quiet, and that is how Rutgers would likely prefer it as it continues to build a relationship with one of the best running backs in South Jersey.

  • Ed White High (Jacksonville, Fla.) offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson said he is up to 17 offers. He moved very well for his size, and certainly can carry more than the 280 pounds he has on his 6-3 frame. He was fluid and he bends well, and understands the need for a strong base.

  • Robinson High (Tampa) receiver Ruben Gonzalez is long and every bit of 6-3, battled well for balls and competed hard. Gonzalez was able to use his size to muscle past defenders, and is certainly a receiver the Scarlet Knights will keep an eye on.
    "Rutgers is showing a lot of interest," Gonzalez said. "I like the environment here. It's very cool."

  • Central Florida commit Jermaine Reve, a cornerback from Miami Northwestern, competed in a Rutgers shirt and Rutgers hat, but added not to read anything into it. He is lean, but also long and likes to compete.

  • One of the most vocal players, not to mention most impressive, was Johnathan Aiken, a cornerback from Chaminade Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Fla.). His coverage skills were tremendous and he is also physical.

  • When it came to quarterbacks, Mike Bimonte of Manalapan (N.J.) was the best of the day, making it two times in three days he was able to impress the Rutgers coaching staff.
    "They seem pretty interested," the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Bimonte said. "I thought I threw the ball well. A couple coaches came up to me and said I threw the ball well."
    Bimonte has a strong arm, and was helped by a recent growth spurt.

  • William Penn Charter (Philadelphia) quarterback John Loughery made some nice throws, but he was inconsistent with his touch and accuracy. His appearance also may not be enough to earn offer.

  • Point Pleasant (N.J.) Boro High tight end Ryan Malleck is athletic, but his blocking ability remains a question.

  • Another Robinson High player to keep an eye on is receiver Frankie Williams, who will get a better look at the facilities Wednesday but likes what he sees so far. He said he really likes Rutgers, but doesn't have an offer.
    "They're showing me a lot of interest," he said.

  • Class of 2012 offensive lineman Ryan Brodie of Long Branch (N.J.) High was given a verbal offer.

  • Class of 2012 receiver Ruhann Peele of Linden (N.J.) was impressive throughout the day with his effort and ability, and he brings size to the equation. Peele played despite a cast on his thumb and wrist, and went hard on every rep. He also received plenty of attention from the Rutgers staff.

  • Class if 2012 safety Wayne Morgan of Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, N.J.) spent the morning using his size and strength to keep receivers covered, and spent the afternoon hanging out with Shuler.
    "It was good competition," said Morgan, who added he holds a Rutgers verbal offer. "I think I did very good. This is probably my sixth time coming here."

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