Rutgers Keeping Tabs On New York Athlete

Half Hollow Hills West High (Dix Hills, N.Y.) athlete Devante McFarlane is readying to make a name for himself on the camp circuit, and one of the schools he is being recruited by is Rutgers. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound McFarlane is being recruited to play safety, and he spoke to about the schools recruiting him, and an unofficial visit to Rutgers.

One of the risers at the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 last month inside the Rutgers practice bubble was Half Hollow Hills West High (Dix Hills, N.Y.) safety Devante McFarlane, and several schools are taking notice.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound McFarlane is hearing from Rutgers, UCF, Penn State, Syracuse and Connecticut, and he plans on heading to a bunch of camps in the summer to increase his exposure.

"I've been to Syracuse, I've been to Rutgers and I like the atmosphere, and I like the coaches," he said. "They seem pretty cool."

McFarlane is being recruited by Rutgers offensive line coach Kyle Flood, and he made an unofficial visit to campus last summer to get a better feel for the Scarlet Knights' program.

"It was a very nice place," McFarlane said. "They gave me a little tour. Kyle Flood is recruiting me. I was supposed to meet coach (Greg Schiano) but I didn't get a chance to meet him."

Another school the Long Island native got an up-close look at was Syracuse, where he attended junior day and got a look at the facilities.

"It was fun," he said. "They took us to a game (Villanova vs. Syracuse basketball), and we experienced the atmosphere. It was pretty cool. They were very friendly and seemed like nice people, and it looked like they knew what they were doing as coaches."

One of the issues with playing on Long Island is getting noticed by the masses. Rutgers frequently gets players from there, including starting defensive tackle Scott Vallone, but a lot of BCS schools don't spend much time recruiting the area.

That is a source of frustration for many players, but McFarlane believes he will get plenty of action if he performs well.

"It's tough to get exposure, but if you're doing what you have to do, then they'll all come and look at you," said McFarlane, who is looking forward to the spring evaluation period. "It's going to be very big. My cutting and my hips, and my speed a little bit."

McFarlane also plays quarterback at Half Hollow Hills West, but schools are recruiting him to play both safety positions.

"I prefer free safety," he said. "It's more fun because you get to roam around a lot and pretty much own the back of the secondary."

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