Scarlet Knights Offer 2013 St. Peter's WR

Rutgers is very familiar with the talent at St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), and it showed when the Scarlet Knights extended a verbal offer to class of 2013 receiver Charlie Callinan. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Callinan learned about it Friday, and he gave his thoughts about Rutgers, and when he could be making a visit to campus.

With five-star running back and Rutgers signee Savon Huggins in the backfield last season, St. Peter's Prep's (Jersey City, N.J.) offense was built around the running game.

That should change in 2011, and one of the players to benefit should be Charlie Callinan, who has the size and talent to be one of the elite players in New Jersey's 2013 class.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder already has the attention of Rutgers, which gave Callinan a verbal offer Friday while assistant coach Jeff Hafley was on campus.

"It's pretty crazy for me, to know that I got it this early," the 6-foot-4, 200 pound Callinan said. "It's pretty rare for sophomores to get an offer, and to get it from a great school like Rutgers, it's pretty good."

Callian learned of the offer through St. Peter's Prep coach Rich Hansen.

"Right after school (Friday) coach Hansen came up to me," Callinan said, "and he said, ‘The best decision you made during the year was not playing basketball and putting on the weight, and getting bigger and getting strong.'

"He said the Rutgers coaches really noticed that a lot, and he said, ‘You know they offered you, right?' I was shocked. I couldn't believe it."

Through Hansen, an invitation was extended for Callinan to attend the Scarlet Knights' April 30 spring game.

"I'll probably make that," Callinan said. "Coach Hafley said whenever I want a tour of campus, to call him up and he'll give me a tour. I've been around the campus occasionally playing other sports there. It seems pretty nice."

Callinan said he added weight since the end of the season because he chose football over basketball, and is driven to lead the Marauders to a state title.

Not only has he been working hard in the weight room, but he's been catching passes for class of 2012 Rutgers offeree Brandon Napoleon.

"I've been as committed as I could be (to working out)," Callinan said. "All I really want is a state championship next year. It's a main goal, so I've been in the weight room a lot and I've been doing speed training three times a week."

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