Quarterback Cinjun Erskine garnered interest from college programs following his first season as a starter at Barnegat High School (N.J.) in 2012. The 4-star prospect picked up offers from Miami and Massachusetts in May but remains in search of more FBS scholarship consideration.
The 6'2", 205-pound passer enjoyed an excellent junior year. He completed 55 percent of his attempts for 1,119 yards and 15 touchdowns, per MaxPreps.
Erskine added 652 yards and six scores on the ground. He led Barnegat to its first New Jersey southern sectional championship game in school history.
The combination of arm strength and rushing ability (clocked at 4.68 seconds in 40-yard dash) elevates his stature as an intriguing recruit. Erskine is rated the nation's No. 10 junior dual-threat quarterback in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Erskine is also considered one of the top javelin throwers in the Northeast, drawing interest from Rhode Island and Stanford for his skills in the event.
He recently spoke with Bleacher Report about programs that have entered his recruitment process and the possibility of playing another position at the next level.
|Size||6'2", 205 pounds|
|Rankings||No. 10 dual-threat QB; No. 300 overall player; No. 10 player in state|
|Programs of Interest||Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Penn State, Iowa|
Bleacher Report: Describe the high school football journey that brought you to this point as a legitimate college football recruit.
Cinjun Erskine: I transferred into Barnegat from Holy Spirit (Absecon, N.J.) after my freshman season. I broke my thumb on the very first throw of my high school career while playing junior varsity. It ended up being a touchdown pass, so that's good. I took over as the starting quarterback midway through my sophomore season and I've tried to work on improving since then.
BR: You received scholarship offers from Massachusetts and Miami after just a half-season as starter. Are you surprised several more offers haven't followed?
CE: Personally, I thought as soon as I got one offer that more offers would start coming through. I was expecting them to come quickly after that, but I've been patient during the process.
BR: Some teams view you as a quarterback, while others seem to prefer you at a different position. What did you hear from the programs that offered you?
CE: Massachusetts wants me to play quarterback. Miami offered me as an "athlete."
BR: Are you open to playing a position other than quarterback?
CE: I would have no problem with playing somewhere else on the field. I just want to play on offense. If that means I line up in the backfield or as a receiver, that's fine with me. I'll do whatever a team asks me to do.
BR: How much contact have you had with Miami recently?
CE: I haven't been able to talk to them much. I know it was tough with Coach (Al) Golden dealing with the recruiting sanctions. My communication isn't strong right now with the Hurricanes, but I'm not too concerned about it. I'd like to visit the school.
BR: What other programs have become a part of your recruitment process?
CE: Penn State visited my school recently and spoke with my coach (Rob Davis). I've received letters from a bunch of teams that I'm interested in, including Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Iowa. I visited Pen State and Pitt last month.
BR: How was the Penn State visit (Nov. 16)?
CE: There is nothing better than Happy Valley. I really enjoyed my time there. I spoke a lot with (linebackers coach) Ron Vanderlinden, who is no longer a member of the staff. He called me to let me know that he wasn't going to be with Penn State moving forward. That was kind of unexpected but it's definitely a school I'm interested in.
BR: What stuck out to you most about your visit to Pittsburgh (Nov. 9)?
CE: I saw them beat Notre Dame, which was just a really great game to see. Pittsburgh is a program on the rise. I like the city too. Their quarterbacks coach (Brooks Bollinger) is awesome.
BR Are there any programs you haven't heard a lot from that interest you?
CE: I really like how they run the offense at South Carolina. Obviously, you have to respect that they play in the SEC too. To be honest, I'm pretty surprised that I haven't really had much contact with Rutgers. I'm also an Urban Meyer groupie, so Ohio State stands out.
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