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2013 NFL Draft: Jamison gives up eligibility, leaving Rutgers for NFL

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Rutgers redshirt sophomore running back Jawan Jamison is heading early to the NFL, the school announced Saturday.

Jamison was recognized as a second team All-Big East pick, rushing for 1,075 yards and four touchdowns. In doing so, he became just the third Scarlet Knights running back to have rushed for more than 1,000 yards since 1976.

He was held in check by Virginia Tech in the Scarlet Knights' 13-10 loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 28, rushing for just 21 yards on 13 carries and catching a single pass for one yard.

Despite the disappointing end to his college career, Jamison is an intriguing prospect, especially as many NFL teams prefer a running back by committee approach.

Listed at 5 feet 8, 200 pounds, Jamison has a build -- and game -- similar to former Rutgers star and current Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Jamison was rated as the No. 4 running back prospect in the 2015 draft class by NFLDraftScout.com, demonstrating the elusiveness expected of a back his size and the hard-running mentality of one much bigger.

“Jawan has been an exciting player for us during his career,” said Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood in a release. “He is a running back with tremendous vision, great balance and has the gift to make people miss in the open field. We wish Jawan well as he begins his journey to play in the NFL.”

Jamison, a 20-game starter over the past two seasons, leaves Rutgers with 1,972 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. He had 36 catches for 351 yards and another two scores over his career.

Jamison currently projects as a third- to fourth-round prospect, though he could improve his standing by working out well.

Jamison is the second Scarlet Knight to enter the 2013 NFL draft with eligibility remaining. Cornerback Logan Ryan, a potential top 50 prospect, announced his plans Dec. 31.

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