Chevelle Buie Feeling Better, Feelin' Rutgers

Cocoa (Fla.) High running back Chevelle Buie had an eventful end to June. He camped at Rutgers, where he pulled his hamstring, committed to the Scarlet Knights and then returned home with a 103.9 fever. Feeling better and ready to go, Buie called to talk about what has transpired since his commitment, and if other schools are still recruiting him and to give a health update.

During the first morning of Rutgers camp Chevelle Buie pulled his left hamstring and by the time he arrived home in Florida a few days later, he had a 103.9 temperature.

Some trip, huh?

But despite the injury and the illness, Buie gave a non-binding oral commitment last week to play for Rutgers, surprising everyone, including himself.

"It was out of the blue, I'm not going to lie," said Buie, who is projected to play slot receiver. "But it was best for me to do it. I did it, I made a grown-man decision on my own, and I believe this is going to work. I'm still going to pray on it …and I know I made the right decision."

Buie cited Rutgers' academics, their No. 1 ranking in the APR (Academic Progress Rate), how the coaches will make him a better person and a better football player, and the family atmosphere of the program as reasons he committed.

"My mom really couldn't believe it," Buie said. "She asked me what I liked about it, and I told her. She said if that's what you like, then I'm behind you 100 percent. I liked the school and the coaches and everyone, so I felt like I had to be there."

The commitment sent shock waves through the recruiting world, but it hasn't stopped schools from getting in touch with the 5-foot-9, 160-pound speedster.

"Yeah, schools are still trying to come at me," Buie said.

Buie's primary position at Cocoa High is running back, although he also lines up in the slot and takes snap from the Wildcat package. It is similar to how the Scarlet Knights plan to use him.

"They're going to try and get the ball to me as much as possible, and get me out on routes so I can be one-on-one with the linebackers," Buie said. "I can run streak routes, and I can do punt and kick return, ‘Wildcat' stuff. A whole lot of things."

With a college decision reached, Buie is focused on his senior season, which means rehabbing his pulled hamstring and regaining his strength after being diagnosed with strep tonsillitis.

"It kept me out for a couple of days, but I'm good now," Buie said. "I'm back on my feet now, so I'm back to working out. But it was pretty bad."

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