RU Intensifies Recruitment of Md. Athlete

Josh McPhearson

Rutgers is spending plenty of time in Maryland recruiting these days, and one of the targets the Scarlet Knights are increasing their interest in is Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) athlete Josh McPhearson. He spoke to ScarletReport.com about his connection to Rutgers, the other schools recruiting him and his desired position. Also, check out his junior highlight film.

Josh McPhearson received plenty of exposure playing for DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) last season, and despite a recent transfer to Riverdale Baptist High (Upper Marlboro, Md.), his recruitment continues to heat up.

One of the schools to intensify their recruitment of the 5-foot-10, 180-pound slot receiver/cornerback is Rutgers, and he plans on making a visit to campus to learn more about the program.

"(Rutgers assistant) coach (P.J.) Fleck is showing me a lot of interest," McPhearson said. "He's been trying to get me to come out there for a spring practice. I'm trying to make one, but if not, I'm going to come later in the summer. (Fleck) is going to come to Maryland and see me."

McPhearson doesn't know much about Rutgers, but he has a couple of friends who play for the Scarlet Knights.

"I know a couple of guys that go there, (safety) Lorenzo Waters and (receiver) Brandon Coleman," said McPhearson, who added his best 40-yard dash is 4.39 seconds. "I know it's a traditional school."

McPhearson holds an offer from West Virginia, and he said Temple, Vanderbilt and "maybe" Penn State could be close to offering.

He recently made a visit to West Virginia for junior day, and it is the only campus he has been to thus far.

"It was real nice. I love it down there," he said. "The facilities and the atmosphere of where the school is are great. It's a small town with a lot of fans, and that's really all they have. There's a lot of love down there."

However, one thing possibly working against the Mountaineers is McPhearson's desire to play slot receiver.

"I like the ball in my hands so I can make plays," he said. "West Virginia offered me as a cornerback. I want to play offense. That's what I like better."

McPhearson's junior highlights:

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