Charles "Tre" Timbers, a standout cornerback from Ocean (N.J.) Ocean Township, probably would have had more than 15 offers to choose from had he waited until after his senior season to decide on a school. However, the 5-foot-10, 173-pounder decided to end things early with a commitment this week.
"This is really something that I always wanted," said Timbers of his commitment to Rutgers on Tuesday. "Playing big-time college football was a goal of mine for a long time and now to have a chance to play in my own backyard is just a great feeling."
Timbers also had an offer from Virginia and interest from programs like Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. However, playing near home for a rising program won out over everything else.
"I truly believe in the coaching staff at Rutgers and I feel that they're gonna turn things around," he said. "The new facilities that will be built, the team togetherness that I sensed while I was at practice and just playing for my home state."
As a junior, Timbers had 54 solo tackles, two forced fumbles, 12 pass break-ups and five tackles for loss. As a quarterback, he totaled 890 yards of offense with nine touchdowns.