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January 5, 2013

Jamison discusses decision to enter NFL Draft

Running back Jawan Jamison will be suiting up for a new team next year and it will be quite a difference from this past season. He will soon be getting paid to play football in the NFL after playing just two seasons at Rutgers.

Jamison redshirted his freshman season in 2010 and then went on to rush for 897 and 1,075 yards over the last two seasons.

At the end of this season, he appealed to the NFL Draft Advisory Board, which is a committee of talent evaluators and scouts who provide and estimate of where a player will be drafted.

Jamison wound up receiving a 3rd round grade from that committee.

"The grade I got back was a very good grade and I thought it was the best situation for me and my family at that point in time and I feel like I'm ready to go to the NFL," Jamison said this afternoon.

The 3rd round grade was higher than what Jamison had anticipated.

"It actually surprised me, I thought it was going to be a little lower than that," Jamison said. "When I got it, I was really excited. Me and my family were really excited. We feel like we made the best decision and that's why I left and decided to declare."

Jamison played sparingly over the final four games of the season, nursing an injured ankle suffered in game No. 9 against Army.

"It's still a little sore, but I'm just working on it to get it strengthened," Jamison said of his ankle. "And that's what I'm going to work on when I go to training and that's one of the specific things I'm going to work on to get it back stronger. And once it gets stronger, I feel like I will do really well and get back to my old self."

Jamison also said the status of his ankle 'did not have any effect at all' on his decision nor did his high number of carries through the middle part of the season.

"I just made my decision based off what was best for me and what was best for my family," Jamison said.

The decision to leave was also not an easy one, according to Jamison.

"It took like a couple of weeks. I was thinking about it before the season ended. I was thinking about what I wanted to do. And once I got my grade, I just talked to my family and sat amongst myself and thought about it and I knew what I wanted."

Jamison also proved himself as a receiving threat this past season, catching 28 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns. With a wide arsenal of skills, Jamison is confident that he is ready to step up and play at the professional level.

"I can catch out of the backfield, I can run between the tackles, I can run outside and I can pass block too," Jamison said. "I feel like I can do it all."

Jamison will begin training on Monday with combine specialist Pete Bommarito at his facility in Miami, Fla.

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