Senior Tejay Johnson of Egg Harbor Township, a member of The Inquirer's all-South Jersey first team as a defensive back, has made an oral commitment to attend Rutgers.

Johnson told the Rutgers staff during his recruiting visit over the weekend. He was considered the fastest athlete in the state after winning the Meet of Champions' 100 meters in 10.67 seconds as a junior.

"Rutgers, point-blank, is the place for me," he said. "I got along with the coaches well and it's close to home, and it is just a great place."

This season, Johnson had five interceptions and 25 solo tackles, and, as a running back, rushed for 973 yards and 10 touchdowns while catching 10 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

Egg Harbor was 11-1, won the Cape Atlantic League's American Conference title, and advanced to the South Jersey Group 4 final before losing to Cherokee, 14-0.

Johnson said Rutgers had recruited him to play receiver. When asked if he would run track there, he replied, "Maybe, but I'm not sure."

Johnson also made official visits to Nebraska and Cincinnati.

"I liked Nebraska and Cincinnati, but I found when I was there that I wanted to come home," he said. "They were just too far away for me."

- Marc Narducci