It all starts with a game.
Cedar Creek (Egg Harbor City, NJ) JoJo Bermudez (Jovanni) had a match for the ages on Saturday against a talented team from St. Academy. Joseph (Hammonton, NJ), led to a Rutgers offer from South Jersey recruiter Fran Brown on Wednesday night. Brown is likely to be watching a movie about alongside Keshon Griffin, a Rutgers pledge, when he noticed Bermudez, the team that would ultimately lose 49-19.
But Bermudez, almost alone, gave it a shot.
And now he’s a Knight Scarlet.
One is very fast.
Bermudez, a 5-10, 160 pound three-star student, told NJ Advance Media: “I run 4.4. “At Penn State, I ran 4.45 and 4.46 (dashing 40 yards by hand). And I’ll just be faster. “
But how did Rutgers work?
Bermudez said: “I posted my movie since Saturday and coach Fran watched it.
His first Power 5 offer came a long time after almost a decade of hone his skills.
“It feels great, I’ve been waiting for it,” he said.
But growing up Bermudez had no dream of joining Rutgers; he was a child when Schiano first directed Rutgers into a respectable program earlier this century. However, the staff separated themselves in a short time.
Syracuse, UConn, Central Michigan, UMass and Princeton proposed in advance but were quickly rejected by Fran Brown and Greg Schiano.
“I like other schools too,” said Bermudez, “but the way Rutgers enrolls in comparison to other schools, it’s very different. Other schools they offer me but don’t really talk to me. But Rutgers, they called me right away – my sister and me. They are asking us a lot of questions and teaching me about Rutgers. No other school does that.
“They are just real,” he said. “They don’t cover any roads. They didn’t tell me any lies. ”
In addition, Bermudez wants to be surrounded by “soccer players”.
“They are recruiting players to play straight balls,” he said. “They are not in a hurry. They want to choose wisely. And they like my speed, my toughness and the way I approach every game.
And how is it?
“I am a football player so even if I touch the ball, I try to score a goal one at a time,” he said.
Bermudez can fly, is a great front runner, and has really good hands, ball skills, the ability after catching the ball and whenever he is off the pitch. And in case you’re wondering, he can also play defensively.
“Fran says I can play (defensively),” he said. “He said I’m a ball player so I can do everything at Rutgers.”
Upon landing Bermudez, Rutgers added to the long list of skilled players it obtained from Cedar Creek – both Bo and Malachi Melton as well as Damon and Ahmir Mitchell, who had moved in. Former Rutgers attacker Owen Bowles also came from school.
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