Quron Pratt, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey defensive back from Palmyra, made an oral commitment yesterday to attend Rutgers.

Pratt made an unofficial visit yesterday to Rutgers and told the coaching staff of his decision before going home.

"I liked everything about Rutgers, what Greg Schiano has done. Plus it's close to home, and my family, who have always supported me, can get to my games," Pratt said last night.

Pratt said he would make his official visit to Rutgers on Jan. 23.

Besides Rutgers, Pratt also made official visits to Delaware and Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Pratt was recruited as a defensive back, although he was told that Rutgers wouldn't discount the idea of playing him at wide receiver.

A top athlete who is also the starting point guard in basketball, Pratt set the Palmyra career record with 20 interceptions. He picked off four passes this season and also had 10 touchdown receptions in leading Palmyra to a 9-1 record and the Burlco/Olympic Freedom Division title.

According to NCAA rules, a high school football player can't officially sign a letter of intent until Feb. 4.

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