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Mon. February 1, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Jefferson senior tight end/linebacker Fred Overstreet has committed to play at Rutgers, Dragons coach Mike Fenton said Monday.

Overstreet, a Times first-team All-Suncoast selection, was a key component on both sides of the ball for a Jefferson team that advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals, led the Dragons with 160 tackles (12.3 a game), 5 sacks and an interception. He was also one of the team's top clutch receivers with 17 catches for 164 yards and one touchdown.

He just returned from an official visit to Rutgers this past weekend.

It's a happy ending to what turned into a frustrating month for Overstreet. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Overstreet also owned Division I offers from Purdue, Minnesota and Syracuse. The Orange's offer fell through when Syracuse assistant Stan Drayton, who has been recruiting Overstreet, left for Florida in early January. Fenton said the other two schools were pressuring Overstreet to commit early and subsequently pulled their offers when he didn't.

Overstreet will sign his letter of intent Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Offensive tackle Garrett Wolfe, who also owned a Syracuse offer that fell through late, has been recently getting attention from the likes of Maine and Stony Brook.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com)

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