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6-8, 200-pound, 2-sport freak athlete Deondre Johnson commits to Greg Schiano on his 1st Rutgers trek

NJ Advance Media just caught up with 6-8, 200-pound New York athlete Deondre Johnson, who was in the car on his drive home from Rutgers after signing for head coach Greg Schiano on his first walk to campus. Things came together quickly for the Newburgh Free Academy star, who is also a standout power forward and focuses on the hardwood.

“We had a great day,” said Johnson, who was escorted to campus by his mother, stepfather and godmother. “They showed me around the school and made me feel welcome as it was my first time on campus. Rutgers is a really great place and I’m proud to call it home.”

Rutgers had heard from Johnson for two months and everything was cleared up during his visit on Saturday. He was as long and athletic as advertised, so Schiano offered and closed the deal… all in one sitting.

“Coach Schiano offered me, which was a surprise, and wanted to tell me how big the decision is and make me feel as comfortable as he is,” Johnson said. “Then he gave me and my family some time to figure out what we wanted to do. He came back and we gave him my decision.

“I didn’t see that coming. I just thought I would be more comfortable on campus, which I did. But that is something special.”

Johnson was primarily recruited by Rutgers safety coach Drew Lascari, who quickly forged a bond with the two-sport star. The staff have developed an academic schedule and will work with Johnson if he qualifies and enrolls at Rutgers next summer.

A freak athlete and true Power Five recruit, Johnson could play up to four positions in P-Way – wide receiver, tight end, defensive end and edge.

To boast of such metrics, Johnson really can run. And he not only runs, but he is productive and a seasoned footballer instead of just metrics.

This is a powerful under-the-radar hold for Schiano, who secured another such promise Thursday from 6-4, 205-pound Pennsylvania quarterback/defensive back Davoun Fuse, who will play linebacker at Rutgers .

Johnson chose Rutgers based on offers from West Virginia and Utah and interest from the state of Colorado. He is the fifth promise of the 2023 Rutgers class, which is ranked 46th in the country by 247Sports.


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