Rutgers Increases Efforts On 2012 Jersey Star

Three months ago Montclair (N.J.) High's Khalif Herbin told he would look out-of-state to go to college. At the time, he held a verbal offer from Tulane. However, after the Mounties athlete put up more than 2,000 yards of offense throwing, catching and running the football, more programs are recruiting him harder, including Rutgers. Did he change his views on leaving the state?

Montclair (N.J.) High athlete Khalif Herbin is answering questions about his size with his dynamic play on the field this season, and Rutgers is among the schools taking notice.

The class of 2012 standout has led Montclair's offense, and has the Mounties North Jersey Group 4 state final through his brilliance on offense.

The 5-foot-7, 161-pound Herbin has run for more than 1,200 yards, passed for more than 500 and is averaging 39 yards per kick return.

"I like it. I always wanted this, for a coach to know how to use me in so many different ways," Herbin said. "Last year I was a sophomore, so no one would give me a chance. It makes me so happy to help the team do so well."

Herbin held a Tulane verbal offer from the spring, but his play on the field has earned him attention from BCS programs. Indiana, Syracuse, Penn State, Connecticut and Rutgers are all recruiting him, and he said the Scarlet Knights' interest has intensified greatly lately.

And, there is good news as it pertains to Rutgers and Herbin's recruitment.

In August, Herbin told he wanted to head out of state to play in college, but he has re-thought it and has a different perspective.

"I got some hand-written letters from (Rutgers) coach (Greg) Schiano," Herbin said. "I might stay in state for Rutgers. That's a good look. The more I've been getting letters from them, the more I've been going on the website and looking at it."

Herbin hasn't been to any Rutgers games this season because of conflicts with his games, and hasn't done much in recruiting because his focus remains on the season.

The Mounties play Bloomfield on Thanksgiving, and face Randolph in the state title game Dec. 4. After that, he will have plenty to talk about, including a stellar season in which he carried the offensive burden when running back Aubrey Lewis III suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Herbin completed 34 of 61 passes for 577 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions, and has run for 1,286 yards and 15 touchdowns on147 carries. He also has nine catches for 255 yards and three touchdowns and has returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.

"I kind of new that this would happen because of the new coaching staff because they installed hard work and discipline," Herbin said. "There's a lot of excitement. I knew after we were 2-4, and I sat down and talked to coach (John Fiore), it was a matter of players buying into it."

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