Rutgers Hosts Under-the-radar OL

Among the host of official visitors making their way to Piscataway, N.J., was this 6-foot-6, 272-pound offensive tackle. He didn't start playing high school football until his senior season, but already has more than a half-dozen offers. Did he get one from Rutgers? Well, the player spoke to about his trip, whether Rutgers offered and what else is on his docket.

Offensive tackle Kaleb Johnson wasn't the only official visitor from Edward H. White High (Jacksonville) this weekend.

Johnson's teammate, 6-foot-6, 272-pound Rashad Hill, was on an official visit. Hill is an under-the-radar recruit the Scarlet Knights came across while scouting Johnson earlier this season.

Hill did not get an offer from Rutgers, but was told one could be coming his way as the recruiting season continues.

"Kaleb and I sat down with the coach (Greg Schiano) and we talked for a little about Rutgers," Hill said. "He said he was going to meet my parents next month. What he said is coach (Ed) Pinkham will come down next week and I could get an offer then."

According to Hill's coach, Terry Gilliam, there is a wealth of talent, but the surface is just being scratched. Hill played football in middle school with Johnson, but opted for basketball in high school.

"I was told last January I should play football, and I could get a scholarship," Hill said. "When I started I was 220 pounds, and I worked hard and now I'm up to 272."

Gilliam said Hill's adjustment from the hardwood to the gridiron has gone smoothly.

"He's a good athlete," Gilliam said. "Schools can see it. He's 6-6, 270, and he's not a fat kid, either. He's outstanding. He picks things up quickly. He's a natural. He has long arms."

Hill is also getting plenty of interest.

He was a late comer onto the recruiting scene, and holds offers from Marshall, New Mexico State, Southern Miss, Louisville, Louisiana Tech, Florida International and Pittsburgh. Hill said he will likely make an official visit to Louisville the same weekend (Jan. 14-16) Johnson visits.

"They showed us Times Square, the fed us real well, they showed us how the school works and how they are academic-wise," Hill said. "They showed us around the campus, and showed us how you do things there as a player, and as a student-athlete."

Hill was hosted by right tackle Devon Watkis.

"At first, I didn't know much about Rutgers, other than (running back) Casey Turner went there," Hill said. "I've been talking to coach Pinkham and he's been saying a lot of good things to me."

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