Florida RB sets visits

Jawan Jamison

Rutgers has been recruiting Florida running backs with zest for the class of 2010, and one of them has set a pair of visits. His top four suitors are Rutgers, South Carolina, Northern Illinois and Florida International, but which schools are getting the visits? Are the Scarlet Knights on the list?

With a strong senior season and a Florida Class 2B championship on his resume, The Bolles School of Jacksonville running back Jawan Jamison is turning his attention toward two other things:

Recruiting and taking the ACT.

Jamison said he scheduled a visit to Northern Illinois for the weekend of Jan. 15, and will trip to Rutgers the following weekend. He is also getting interest from South Carolina and Florida International.

"Right now it's between NIU and Rutgers,'' Jamison said.

Jamison is attracted to the recent history of Northern Illinois' running attack.

"From what I've heard and what I've seen, the head coach, coach Jerry Kill, said they produce NFL backs,'' Jamison said. "Garrett Wolfe is with the Bears. They have a good tradition of running the ball, and the running back (Chad Spann) this year is doing very well, from what I've seen, and they have a really good running backs coach.''

Not surprisingly, Rutgers is talking to the 5-foot-8, 195-pound Jamison about becoming the next Ray Rice for the Scarlet Knights.

"I talk to (assistant) coach Ed Pinkham, and he tells me how they like to run the ball a lot, too, and how they're looking for the next Ray Rice to step in and take over,'' Jamison said. "I think they're getting close to offering. They were here to see me (in late November).''

South Carolina, coached by Steve Spurrier, could become an interesting player in Jamison's recruitment.

He said Gamecocks assistant coach Steve Spurrier Jr. visited him Monday, and Florida International is due to visit with him Friday.

"Coach Spurrier Jr. came out, and he was talking to me about setting up a visit,'' Jamison said. "He was going to call me and let me know after he talks to his dad.''

As a senior, Jamison carried 135 times for more than 1,300 yards. He also rushed for 17 touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who finished the season 12-1 after beating Tampa (Fla.) Catholic 21-7 for its second straight state title.

However, before Jamison can make an impact on the gridiron next season, he must achieve a satisfactory ACT score.

He was scheduled to take it Dec. 12, but the state championship game fell that day, so he postponed taking it until February.

"I need six points,'' Jamison said. "It's not that tough. I need to answer four to five more questions right and then I'll have it. That's what my tutor told me.''

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