Tough Decision Awaits Tight End Tyler Kroft

Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) tight end Tyler Kroft took an official visit to Rutgers last week, and came away excited about the school. But the Scarlet Knights commit also knows he has a tough decision to make in the future, saying he was "on the fence about it." Kroft went into detail about what he was talking about, and how it could impact his 2010 season.

Downingtown East High (Exton, Pa.) tight end and Rutgers commit Tyler Kroft was given the lowdown on his chances of playing as a true freshman during his official visit to Rutgers last weekend.

It could have a bearing on how he spends his spring.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Kroft is a standout lacrosse player, but he may not play as a senior so he can concentrate on weight training and as he prepares to enter Rutgers in late June.

"I'm still on the fence about it," Kroft said. "Last year during lacrosse season I lost about 14 pounds because I wasn't getting into the weight room as much as I should, and (because of) the constant running. I think I might just do a speed training thing and stay in the weight room."

Tight end position is one of need for the Scarlet Knights as D.C. Jefferson, Paul Carrezola, Fabian Ruiz and Evan Lampert also spent time there in 2010, but none excelled.

So, when it came time for Kroft to speak with the coaches, early playing time was a theme.

"They said it was basically on me, how much I work in the offseason, how serious I take it with gaining weight and getting in the weight room," Kroft said. "I wouldn't really believe them if any coach said, ‘you're going to come in and start as a freshman.' They basically said, if I want to play, it's on me."

It was welcomed news for Kroft during his official visit, which began in familiar fashion and ended with an unexpected development.

"It was a lot of fun," Kroft said. "I stayed with Paul Carrezola. I got to go on another tour, which is always nice, even though I've been through it about 10 or 12 times. It was nice meeting a lot of the recruits and putting a face with some of the people."

His Friday night was spent hanging out with players, video gaming and talking.

The recruits were taken to New York on Saturday, and that is where Kroft was able to experience he family atmosphere of the program.

"I knew the coaches would be all friendly," he said. "But everyone just seemed to be one big group of friends with the way the coaches interacted with the players off the field, and how everybody knew everybody, and had a real good relationship. It was nice to see that. I didn't really expect that. I thought linebacker coaches would only know the linebackers.

"We were joking around with the linebacker coach and the defensive back coach, and me being a tight end, I wouldn't really expect that at the college level, so that was a nice surprise."

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