Rutgers Looking at Piscataway Sleeper

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A few miles from the Rutgers football complex, and in the same, sits Central Jersey powerhouse Piscataway High, a school the Scarlet Knights recruit regularly, and with high success. One of the under-the-radar prospects the Scarlet Knights are looking at is Chiefs class of 2012 receiver Tajae Sharpe, who spoke with about his recruitment.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – One of the beauties of having a football powerhouse that produces plenty of Division I talent a few miles from campus is the ability to players who might otherwise slip through the cracks.

Proximity allowed Rutgers to build an early and strong relationship with Piscataway High receiver Jawaun Wynn, and it led to a commitment last summer.

Now, the Scarlet Knights are looking at an athletic under-the-radar receiver in the 2012 class in Piscataway's Tajae Sharpe.

"Coaches say they like my instincts," Sharpe said. "I'm just an athletic kid and I'm hungry for it, so I go get it. I've been over to Rutgers two or three times to watch games, meet with the coaches and players and talk with them."

During a recent game, Sharpe showed his athleticism and aggressiveness in going after a ball in making a pair of catches and an interception against East Brunswick.

Sharpe said Rutgers is the only school recruiting him, but he plans on hitting the camp and combine circuit after the season in an effort to showcase his skills and compete at a high level.

However, if Sharpe's recruitment does accelerate, the Scarlet Knights should have an advantage with him. The 6-foot-1½ , 170-pounder is close with Wynn, a red-shirting freshman at Rutgers, and the two talk regularly about the Scarlet Knights' program.

"I think Rutgers established a good program, they're getting better over the years and I think they could be a very good team in the future," Sharpe said. "I'm really close with Jawaun. That's my cousin."

Sharpe also plays safety for the Chiefs, but has a preference for a position in college.

"I like receiver more," he said. "I think I have pretty good hands, and I like the whole aspect of the position."

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