Rene turns down Buckeyes, commits to Rutgers
Four-star cornerback Patrice Rene tweeted on Saturday afternoon that he was committing to Rutgers.
— Patrice Rene (@PatriceRene6) August 8, 2015
Rene turned down the chance to join Urban Meyer at Ohio State, who reportedly made a late push to bring the 2016 defensive back on board.
According to Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman, he called Rutgers coach Kyle Flood following a late July visit to Columbus. He made the decision to stay on the east coast instead.
“I just basically called him and told him that Rutgers was the place I wanted to go, and he was ecstatic. He was really excited and couldn’t believe it at first,” Rene told Todderick Hunt of NJ.com. “He was just excited for me to make it official and couldn’t wait.
“He knows what I can do and he’s been recruiting me hard. And, kind of, to have a guy like me, I guess, he kind of told me that he was really happy about it. And we definitely talk. I talk to him almost every day now. And they just can’t wait for me to get on campus and start working.”
Rene, ranked the No. 31 corner in the 2016 class according to 247Sports, also had offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Penn State, Wisconsin and several other Power Five teams.