It is still early in the process for West Deptford (N.J.) 2014 running back Gerald Towns
, but he is very happy with the start of his recruiting process.
Towns holds verbal offers from Rutgers, Wisconsin and Boston College after a stellar sophomore season in which he ran for 1,563 yards and 26 touchdowns.
"It's a good thing that schools, not only local, but far away are interested in somebody like me," Towns said. "I'm a hard worked and schools are interested in that."
The 240-pound bruising running back did not spend the summer marketing himself, but has plenty of interest nonetheless. Visits were not a major part of his spring or summer, but he did make the drive to Rutgers for a spring practice, where he has held an offer for more than six months.
"I like Rutgers a lot," Towns said. "I was there and watched a practice. I liked how everything was and how they cared about my grades and they always mention that stuff and not just football."
Towns has relationships with defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who recruits his area, and met strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Cole while on campus.
He has had an offer since before coach Kyle Flood took over and is familiar with the school because his older sister goes there.
"I thought they were pretty cool people and they talked to me about things that are important," Towns said. "They talked to me about how I'm a physical back, but I can also break away with speed. They were telling me the things I had to work on. They weren't always telling me good things."
Behind Rutgers, Towns said he is most familiar with Wisconsin.
"I think Wisconsin is physical and fits my style," he said. "I like that they like bigger backs like Ron Dayne and they produce athletes. They always produce athletes and they have a great offensive line. … After every game, I love to give thanks to my offensive line. I'm not very interested in attention for myself. The first thing I do is I thank my linemen. Without them, the backs would be nothing."
Boston College and Towns have not been in frequent contact since the offer, but he hopes to visit the school this year.
Of schools that have not offered, Ohio State is showing the strongest interest.
"They're telling me how interested they were," he said. "They said they want to see a couple of games first. They said if I have a season like last year and if my grades are right, they want to offer."
West Deptford (N.J.) 2014 running back Gerald Towns already holds three verbal scholarship offers and has major interest elsewhere before the contact period begins Sept. 1. Towns holds verbal offers from Rutgers, Wisconsin and Boston College and spoke about all three with ScarletReport.com.