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Tue. February 2, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Leto four-star prospect Jeremy Deering, considered a Florida State lean the past few weeks, committed to Rutgers.

Deering made his final official visit to Rutgers two weekends ago and came away impressed. The Scarlet Knights’ pitch was top-notch academics and getting away from home and seeing a new area. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano visited Deering late last week.

Deering had narrowed his choices to Rutgers and Florida State. He also took official visits to Purdue, Illinois and Florida. He was considering a visit to South Carolina, but instead tripped to Florida at the last minute.

New Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher made Deering one of the Noles’ top in-state priorities, and the allure of playing for the Seminoles appealed to Deering.

Though recruiting sites have listed Deering as a defensive backfield target, both Rutgers and Florida State recruited him at wide receiver.

ESPNU ranks Deering the 17th best athlete prospect in the nation.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Deering played mostly running back this past season at Leto, running for 812 yards and three touchdowns. He had 14 receptions for 275 yards and three scores, and lined up at receiver and quarterback on occasion.

Deering will sign his letter of intent Wednesday. Including Deering, Rutgers has seven commits from Florida, including Jefferson tight end/linebacker Fred Overstreet, who committed to the Scarlet Knights this week.

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

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