Poolesville’s Jon Bateky orally commits to Rutgers

June 28
Jon Bateky
Poolesville defensive lineman Jon Bateky orally committed to Rutgers on Saturday morning.

Jon Bateky may attend a smaller-size school in Poolesville, but his play on the football field has attracted some big-time suitors.

Among those is Rutgers, which began recruiting him hard after receiving his film. As Poolesville Coach Will Gant recalled, Jim Panagos, Rutgers’s defensive line coach, reached out after getting a good look at Bateky’s tape.

“He said, ‘Coach, I love this kid but you have to get him up here so I can offer him,’ ” Gant said.

After two visits, it became clear that Bateky wanted to be a Scarlet Knight. On Saturday morning, Bateky called the Rutgers coaching staff and pledged to be a part of their class of 2015. Bateky became the second player from Maryland to commit to Rutgers in this class, joining Long Reach defensive end Ron’Dell Carter.

“The education is phenomenal and the family aspect they preach, also,” Bateky said. “Their goal is to win a Big Ten championship.”

Bateky said he has received 11 offers, with Boston College, Iowa, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wake Forest and Navy among those. But the Scarlet Knights were able to win his services by recruiting him consistently since January.

Bateky went to Rutgers’ junior day in March and followed up with another visit a couple of weeks ago. He said he wanted to commit after the second trip but his parents advised him to think about his decision a little more.

“I just felt 100 percent sure, even a week ago,” Bateky said. “But my parents wanted to make sure I was making the right decision.”

Bateky, 6 feet 3 and 245 pounds, said he’ll look to improve his initial burst off of the line of scrimmage this year. Gant added that Bateky will also try to bulk up some, given the fact that Rutgers has plans to rotate him at multiple positions along the defensive line.

The plan is for Bateky to graduate early and enroll in Rutgers in January.

“Rutgers is getting a good kid,” Gant said. “He’s a great student. He’s going to do really well.”

Bateky said he has an interest in sports medicine, though he’s still unsure what he’ll study when he gets to Rutgers.

He said he’s been able to form a strong bond with Panagos and Coach Kyle Flood since they started recruiting him.

“They opened their arms out to me,” he said. “They told me if I was ever going through anything they would help.”

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