Rutgers Offers PA Tight End Klock

Lower Dauphin (Hummelstown, Pa.) tight end Trey Klock got his biggest offer to date when Rutgers gave one out yesterday. Up to three FBS offers, Klock has been a multi-time visitor to Rutgers and checks in as one of the better blocking tight ends in the region.

Lower Dauphin (Hummelstown, Pa.) tight end Trey Klock has had plenty of integration with Rutgers but the best came Wednesday when the Scarlet Knights came through with a verbal scholarship offer.

His first Big Ten offer and second in the BCS, Klock has been a frequent Rutgers visitor and watched three games as a junior prospect.

"We've been very impressed with Rutgers throughout the process," said father and Lower Dauphin head coach Rob Klock. "I'm very impressed with coach [Kyle] Flood and, quite frankly, the entire coaching staff. He's very genuine, very upfront and honest. The facilities are fantastic."

Klock recently visited for junior day, where he saw his most in-depth look at the facilities and campus.

"What surprised me, being from Pennsylvania we didn't know a whole lot about Rutgers academically," he said. "I was very impressed with their academics. I wasn't aware of some of the things going on at Rutgers, including the cancer research and some of their strengths. I thought they did a very nice job on their junior day. The organization is very good."

Klock began getting attention as a Patriot League and Ivy League prospects but his size (6-foot-4, 255) and blocking technique brought in offers from Western Michigan, Boston College and now Rutgers.

"I think he will surprise some people," Klock said. "I feel like he actually could play multiple positions depending on where they could actually use him. Some schools are looking at him on the defensive side of the ball. Rutgers is looking at him exclusively as a tight end. If he does continue to get bigger, he could be a tackle, which isn't really a problem."

Conference affiliation will play a role in Klock's decision and Rutgers has a leg up for a family that grew up watching Penn State.

"I think that's definitely a draw for Pennsylvania kids, Trey included," he said. "They're going to get to play in their home state. They're going to get to play the Michigans and the Ohio States. That definitely is going to play a role in this decision-making process."

Academics are the other focus for Klock, who spent time on his last Rutgers visit gathering as much information as possible on the opportunities in the classroom.

The top-10 Academic Progress Rate for Rutgers and special programs both stood out to the family.

"No matter what happens on the athletic side you know you're going to get a good education at these places," Klock said. "Trey is a good student, which is why you're seeing some of these schools getting involved first. Now the schools we're looking at like B.C. and Rutgers, we're realizing you can get the chance for great academics and play big-time football. That wasn't the priority but it is becoming that with these new schools."

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