Rutgers Visits JUCO OL

Rutgers has looked at junior college linemen across the country, and Wednesday assistant coach Kyle Flood was on the recruiting trail and stopped in at a JUCO to check on a 6-foot-6, 320-pounder who can play either tackle position. The player spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, how Rutgers factors into it, and the timetable for a decision.

Rutgers offensive line coach Kyle Flood was at Nassau Community College on Wednesday checking on 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive tackle Zenel Demhasaj.

An offer didn't come from Flood's visit, but Demhasaj remains on Rutgers' radar and in position to get one in the future.

"He told me, ‘I know it's frustrating, but stay in there,' " Demhasaj said. "I'm going to wait, regardless, and see what's going on with Pitt because that coach got fired. I was supposed to go there (Thursday) morning, but now I can't do that."

Demhasaj is in an interesting, and difficult, situation.

He is down to South Florida, Pittsburgh and Rutgers, but he doesn't have an offer from the Scarlet Knights.

And while he does have a Pittsburgh offer, the resignation of coach Dave Wannstedt breeds uncertainty into that situation. Ironically, he said he heard about Wannstedt's situation on the radio while driving with one of the South Florida assistant coaches to the airport at the conclusion of his official visit.

The JUCO early signing period begins Wednesday, but Demhasaj isn't expecting to have a decision by then.

"I'm waiting to see what's going to go on with Pitt first," he said. "I know they were recruiting me as hard as South Florida was recruiting me. Their offensive line is young, so they need somebody young to come in and play.

"South Florida is in the same situation. Basically, I've got the same opportunity at both schools."

The wildcard in the mix is Rutgers, which will be in very good position for Demhasaj.

"Out of all these schools, my No. 1 pick was going to be Rutgers, but I don't know (if the Scarlet Knights will offer)," he said. "I'm not sure what they're plan is."

One misconception is Demhasaj has three years to play three. That is not true, although it could work out that way. He did not play his freshman year, played in 2009 but missed the 2010 season when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the spring.

In order to get a third year of eligibility at a four-year school, he would have to petition the NCAA for it, but could do so only after his final two years are completed at a four-year school.

"I'm hoping I will have three years to play," Demhasaj said. "I'm definitely two-for-two, but hoping I will have another one after that."


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