PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 20, 2014) – The New England Patriots have announced the free agent signing of former Rutgers defensive back Jeremy Deering (Tampa, Fla.). Deering is the fifth member of last season’s Rutgers team to sign a NFL free agent contract, joining Brandon Coleman (New Orleans), Quron Pratt (Philadelphia), Jamal Merrell (Tennessee) and Marcus Thompson (Miami).
Deering is the sixth Scarlet Knight on the Patriots’ roster, joining former RU standouts Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Steve Beauharnais, Mark Harrison and Logan Ryan in New England.
Jeremy Deering bio
2013: Played in all 13 games with 10 starts at free safety ... earned Loyal Knight Award at team banquet, given to the player whose character and dedication have proved resilient in his pursuit of excellence ... honored on Senior Night ... assisted on two tackles in start against USF (12/7) ... recorded six solo tackles between last two games against UCF (11/21) and UConn (11/30) totalling 28 for the season ... picked up three tackles against Cincinnati (11/16) ... made four stops versus Temple (11/2) ... had five tackles against Houston (10/26) ... notched first career interception and pass break-up at Louisville (10/10) ... had four tackles in the win at SMU (10/5), including half a TFL ... recorded three tackles in win over Norfolk State (9/7) ... made six tackles as the starting free safety in season opener at Fresno State (8/29) ... named to Preseason American Athletic All-Conference Second Team for specialists by Athlon and Preseason All-Conference Fourth Team by Phil Steele… moved from wide receiver to safety during 2013 spring drills and assumed the starting role.
2012: Named to Preseason All-BIG EAST First and Second Teams by Phil Steele and Athlon, respectively … finished with six rushes for 57 yards, one catch for 12 yards and four solo tackles … returned 18 kickoffs for 438 yards, including a long of 55 … set up RU to score a field goal to close the first half of the 24-12 season-opening win at Tulane (9/1), returning a kickoff 55 yards to the Green Wave’s 45-yard line with 41 seconds remaining … saw first rushing attempts of the season with three runs for 26 yards in the 35-26 win at Arkansas (9/22), including a momentum-swinging 14-yard scamper on a 4th-and-2 fake punt call from RU’s 33-yard line … earned start at wide receiver in the Kent State game (10/27), rushing once on a reverse for an 11-yard gain … first catch of the season, a 12-yard grab, in the 28-7 win vs. Army (11/10) … recorded his longest rush of the season on a 20-yard receiver reverse in the 10-3 win at Cincinnati (11/17) … returned three kickoffs for 65 yards, including a long of 30 yards, in the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Virginia Tech (12/28).
2011: Made the move from wide receiver to running back in spring drills, appearing in 12 games after missing the majority of the spring practice sessions … standout kick returner, returning 17 kicks for 530 yards and one touchdown to lead the BIG EAST and rank fourth nationally with a 31.2-yard average ... placed on All-BIGâ€ˆEAST Second Team after stellar return season … first career start at running back at North Carolina (9/10) … notched a 73-yard kickoff return to set up a Rutgers touchdown drive in the 34-10 victory vs. Pitt (10/8) … brought Rutgers back into the game in the 20-17 overtime win vs. USF (11/5), taking a kickoff back 98 yards to pull RU within a touchdown late in the fourth quarter … the kick return against USF was the third-longest in school history and the first for Rutgers since 2009 … recorded season highs in rushes and yards with 14 attempts for 64 yards in the 27-12 win at Army in Yankee Stadium (11/12) … hauled in the longest catch of his season, a 37-yarder, at UConn (11/26).
2010: Finished season as Rutgers’ second-leading rusher with 352 yards (4.6 per carry) as a quarterback in RU’s Wildcat package … one of two true freshmen to appear in all 12 games … started five games at wide receiver … averaged 21.1 yards per reception … 16 receptions for 338 yards and one touchdown on the year … set career-highs in carries (29), rushing yards (166) and scored first career rushing touchdown against Syracuse (11/13) … earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for performance against the Orange … career-high 102 receiving yards on three catches, including a career-long 46-yarder and his first career touchdown against Connecticut (10/8).
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year letterwinner and four-year starter for head coach Hugh Dehnert at Leto High School … ranked the No. 17 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com … rated the No. 5 running back and 36th-best prospect overall in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel … rated the No. 81 recruit in the state by the Miami Herald … No. 52 safety prospect nationally and the No. 99 overall recruit in Florida by Rivals.com … No. 46 safety prospect in the country and the No. 55 overall prospect in Florida by Scout.com … played both quarterback and running back for the Falcons … 812 yards and three rushing touchdowns as a senior … 13 receptions for 265 yards and another three touchdowns receiving … led squad with six touchdowns on the season … threw for over 800 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior at quarterback … also rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground in 2008 … born 8/12/90 … earned his degree in labor and employment relations.