Rutgers Looking at 2011 JUCO OL

Natioanl Letters of Intent were signed two days ago by most prospects in the nation, but not by everyone. And there is a junior college offensive tackle out there that Rutgers is recruiting, and got thee lowdown from the player and his coach.

When Rutgers coach Greg Schiano was asked Wednesday if the 2010 recruiting class was complete, he said "you never know. There are always opportunities out there."

Well, one opportunity may sit in southern California, the home of unsigned El Camino College (Torrance) offensive tackle Miles Mason.

According to El Camino coach Jeff Featherstone, Rutgers is one of the schools recruiting Mason.

"Rutgers has called about Miles," Featherstone said. "A lot of people have called about him. He had probably half of the Pac-10 (schools) offered him. At least 15 to 20 schools called."

Mason, who is 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, played weakside tackle for El Camino but did not sign earlier this week as he sorts through opportunities and works toward stabilizing his academic situation.

Mason finishes up his winter session at El Camino next week, and may need a few more classes in the spring session before learning if he is eligible for the 2011 season.

If not, Mason will red-shirt in 2011 and remain at a junior college, then have two years of eligibility remaining for the 2012 season. But Featherstone called that a worst-case scenario.

"He's trying to get all the academic stuff squared away," Featherstone said. "He's a good player. He's a good practice player, a good lifter, he has good feet. Anybody that sees him says he can play."

Mason told he is hoping for an offer from nearby USC, but wasn't sure if it would come.

"They said they were making a decision based on what my transcripts say," Mason said. "I'm pretty ok with how things are. I'm trying to finish off my winter session classes and go from there."

When asked about Rutgers, Mason said "I'm open to everyone. I will listen to any school."

Mason already took trips to Baylor and SMU, and also still being recruiting by New Mexico State.

"There's still people calling, but they're not familiar with his academic situation," Featherstone said. "Probably half of the Pac-10 schools would take him if he (was qualified)."

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