NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: Jawan Jamison #23 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates his touchdown with D.C. Jefferson #10 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Rutgers Keeps Darius Hamilton Home

Darius Hamilton committed to Rutgers. He's staying in New Jersey.

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Darius Hamilton Commits To Rutgers Over Miami And Florida

Rutgers landed a versataile defensive end prospect.

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Top Recruit Darius Hamilton Will Pick Rutgers Or Miami On Tuesday Night

Prized New Jersey-based recruit Darius Hamilton will make his choice between Rutgers and Miami on Tuesday, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. National Signing Day is on Wednesday.

Hamilton, a product of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., is considered a 5-star defensive end recruit. His high school coach told the Star-Ledger that he was leaning toward Rutgers, but has had some second-thoughts after Greg Schiano left the school to take the head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hamilton will prove to be the first big test of new Rutgers coach Kyle Flood's tenure. His hiring was apparently heralded as a positive among many of the state's high school coaches. Keeping a blue-chip recruit like Hamilton in state would seem to a significant sign that he will be able to maintain what Schiano really started. In addition to being Rutgers' assistant/offensive line coach, Flood was also one of Schiano's top recruiters.

Be sure to follow this StoryStream for the latest on Hamilton's decision. For more discussion, check out Rutgers blog On the Banks.

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Greg Schiano Leaving Rutgers Would Help Florida In Battle For Darius Hamilton

It's thought in most recruiting circles that New Jersey defensive end Darius Hamilton is likely to stay home and play for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. That would mean that the Florida Gators would finish second in his recruitment. And there's no prize for being second in a recruitment.

But Florida may have just caught a huge break. Multiple reports have Rutgers' head coach Greg Schiano set to take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coaching job.

So the deal appears to be getting done soon, according to the report. The Bucs are getting a guy who has spent the last decade as the Rutgers head coach compiling a 68-67 record (and 5-1 in Bowl games). Prior to Rutgers, he was the Miami defensive coordinator and before that he spent three seasons on the Chicago Bears coaching staff.

Recruiting is all about relationships. And with just six days until signing day, this is going to be a disaster for Rutgers if the report is accurate. And Rutgers' biggest loss would be a huge gain for the Gators. If the report is inaccurate, look for Schaino to quickly deny it.

For more on Rutgers recruiting, visit On The Banks. For more on Florida recruiting, visit Alligator Army.

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