OL Dudick Rutgers Bound

Signing day is over, but recruiting for the 2011 class continues and Rutgers added an intriguing preferred walk-on prospect Friday when G.A.R. Memorial High (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) offensive lineman Dane Dudick said he was heading to Rutgers. So, what will the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder bring to Rutgers? His former coach gave ScarletReport.com a scouting report.

Dane Dudick didn't get the Rutgers offer he hoped for, but he got enough out of his official visit to know he wants to be part of the program.

Dudick, an offensive lineman, informed ScarletReport.com via text he is heading to Rutgers as a preferred walk-on. He will make a formal announcement later today.

The G.A.R. Memorial High (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) product is 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, and will walk-on as a guard.

"Dane, on the field, is a great talent," said former Memorial coach Tony Khalife, who coached Dudick for three seasons. "He has great feet, good lateral movement, he uses his hands well, which is really important for an offensive lineman.

"Both sides of the ball, he's a dominating player. Defensively, teams had to prepare for him more than anyone else on our team."

However, Dudick is being brought to Rutgers to play on the offensive line.

"He could could pull, get out and lead on pitch-outs and sweeps, and he could drive and power block," Khalife said "He has good size, 6-3 and pushing 290. He's a great talent. I think Rutgers is going to get a talented kid, with a lot of room for growth.

"Had outstanding junior year and then a better senior year."

Dudick was also being recruited by Connecticut and VMI, and was also mulling going to prep school for a year before deciding on the Scarlet Knights.

"He really liked the trip," Khalife said. "He really enjoyed the coaches, the place itself. He thought it was a good fit for him. Coach (Greg Schiano) told him he had to go to a place comfortable and go a place you feel comfortable academically and athletically. He felt comfortable talking to the coaches."

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