Class of 2012 WR Already Hot Target

A week ago Linden (N.J.) High's Ruhann Peele was making his mark as the top receiver to camp at Rutgers, despite being in the 2012 class. Peele said he already has a verbal offer from the Scarlet Knights, and prior to his performance at the camp he took an unofficial visit to Rutgers. The 6-foot-1, 173-pound Peele talked to about his early recruitment and much more.

A week before Ruhann Peele, a class of 2012 receiver from Linden (N.J.) High tore up Rutgers camp, he tore ligaments in his left thumb.

It didn't matter.

Even with a cast on his left hand and wrist, the 6-foot-1, 173-pound Peele was the best receiver there, and not just for a day. He spent days at the camp, beat cornerbacks deep, inside, outside, outwrestled them for balls and showed a toughness and grittiness that accentuated his talent.

No wonder Rutgers had him up for an unofficial visit a few weeks before he camp, and no wonder the Scarlet Knights already verbally offered Peele.

"I'm just a competitor and I like it," Peele said of his reason for camping. "I look it as it will help me catch balls with one hand, and that will make me better all around."

Although the cast didn't appear to affect Peele on any level, he said there were instances where he had trouble.

"Certain routes, like slants and dig routes," he said. "When I have to come into the middle of the field, it's hard for me to catch. But I have to use my body then."

Peele said he also has a verbal offer from Temple, and added Florida was looking at him hard and could be offering soon.

Of course, to Peele, there isn't much difference between the schools because he doesn't have a base of knowledge for different programs.

"I don't really watch football. I just play it," Peele said. "I watch the NBA playoffs, but I just work out, play football, hang with friends."

As a sophomore, Peele caught 23 passes for 300 yards. He also returned two kicks and three punts for touchdowns, and he figures to be one of the top recruits in the state in the 2012 class.

Peele is the type of player who could be the cornerstone of a recruiting class. When Peele visited campus recently, he was briefed on Rutgers' academic and football success.

"I know they have the No. 1 academics, and with (coach Greg Schiano) they've been doing better the last few years with football," Peele said. "They told me the little things I had to work on and I could be a really good player."

At the camp, Peele received plenty of instruction and feedback from Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck.

"He said I have to work on my footwork," Peele said, "make sure I run my route correctly, how to break out of them, how to get off jams with the cornerback."

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