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May 23, 2013

Lott gives the scoop on Rutgers commitment

Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast cornerback Kamren Lott made no secret in the past few weeks that he wanted to end his recruitment sooner rather than later.

Sooner arrived this morning when the 3-star cornerback called up Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood and offered up a verbal commitment, becoming the second Florida player in the class of 2014 to pledge to the Scarlet Knights and the 11th overall.

"He [Flood] was excited," Lott said. "Right when I got off the phone, I had messages from all the other coaches on Facebook, saying welcome to the family. So everyone was excited about it."

Lott chose RU over offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, Indiana and Akron, citing Flood and the program he is building as the main reasons for his decision.

"They had one of their best seasons this year and how they're trying to win a national championship had an impact on me," Lott said. "Also, the Florida pipeline and players they got on their team led me to commit early because I just felt like that's the place for me."

It also didn't hurt that the Scarlet Knights had three defensive backs selected in last month's NFL Draft, and another, Brandon Jones, sign as a free agent.

"That's another thing that led me to commit," Lott said. "The NFL pipeline they have, they put almost their whole secondary into the NFL this year."

Lott earned his offer from Rutgers a few weeks back, when new offensive coordinator Ron Prince visited First Coast. Later that day, Lott and Prince spoke in-depth, and that conversation made an impact.

"We talked for like 20-25 minutes," Lott said. "That's about the longest conversation I've ever had with a coach. We just talked about life. I think he's a really cool coach and I can't wait to get up there and visit and see him again."

June 7th is when Lott is slated to be on campus at Rutgers, where he'll have the opportunity to get to know his future coaches even better.

He's looking to follow in the footsteps of his father-an ex-Middle Tennessee State football player and retired Jacksonville police officer-and major in criminal justice on the banks.

When he joins the Rutgers program, Lott feels his skill set as a cornerback will enable him to have an impact on those around him.

"Just me being the competitor that I am, I'll push all the other cornerbacks up there to get better. I'm physical. I'm going to be physical and tough. I have good ball skills as well."


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