Witter Down to 3; Has Visits, Decision Date

Ish Witter

Alonso High (Tampa) running back Ish Witter has three finalists, two visits set for next week and a decision date, and he spoke about it all with FOXSportsNEXT.

Alonso High (Tampa) running back Ish Witter set an Aug. 1 announcement date, but before arriving at a decision he has a few schools to see.

Witter, who is 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, has a final three of Missouri, Syracuse and Rutgers, and he is slated to visit Rutgers (July 22) and Syracuse (July 25) next week to coincide with a trip north to see his dad, who lives in the Bronx.

He does not have a leader of the three, and he is yet to set a visit to Missouri.

"Rutgers has been showing me a lot of love," Witter said. "I've been talking to the coaches the last couple of days, and they send me email every day. Syracuse is also showing me a lot of love as well. They're both very nice programs and the coaches are really cool.

"Missouri is a real good school. They're in the SEC and I talk to them a lot. All three schools run the ball, and that's what I like about them."

As a junior, Witter ran 165 times for 902 yards and six touchdowns, and he said the style of offense is not much of a factor.

"It doesn't really matter as long as they run the ball," Witter said. "I know Rutgers runs a pro-style offense, and it's similar to what they do at Syracuse."

Witter's trip schedule begins at Rutgers, and he is eager to see how everything matches with the description he's been given by the staff.

"I want to see the facilities," Witter said. "I heard it's a real nice campus. (People) say the campus is really nice and the facilities are excellent, too. I saw Rutgers when they beat Arkansas. It was a good game and they beat an SEC school."

Witter's main contact is Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos.

"He's a real cool guy," Witter said. "As a matter of fact, I'm going to give him a call after (this interview). He's real excited for me to come up there."

Witter said he is excited about his trip to Syracuse because he doesn't know much about the school. His main contact on the Orange staff is quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Tim Lester.

"He's a real good guy, and very nice," Witter said. "I think they have good coaches. I saw Syracuse when they played West Virginia in the bowl game. I don't know too much about (Syracuse)."

Missouri is the other finalist, but Witter is unsure if he will visit before he makes his decision.

"It all depends on what my brother wants to do," Witter said. "He's the person making all the travel arrangements. I don't (know) too much (about Missouri). I know they put a lot of people in the NFL."

One common theme with Witter is academics, and each of his three finalists have strong academic reputations.

"I think it's real important," Witter said. "What I want to go in for, which is criminal justice, those schools all have and are real good programs. That's what you need, academics before football."

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