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The call came into his uncle's house in Franklin Township at about 7 last night, with a crowd of friends and relatives holding their breath as it rang. Rutgers tight end L.J. Smith looked at the caller ID, saw the incoming number began with a 215 area code, and thought, "It's about time."
Smith was a Philadelphia Eagle, taken 61st overall with the 29th choice in Round 2 of the NFL Draft. What a relief it was when Eagles college scouting director Marc Ross welcomed him to the land of quarterback Donovan McNabb.
RU's Smith eager to soar with Eagles


And so, phase one of Quest 2003 is over. Color it scarlet and black and unresolved. For almost a month, the kids huffed and puffed, the coaches schemed and dreamed and, Friday night, they played their traditional end of practice intrasquad game.
What did it prove and what do we know about this team's future when it plays for real that we didn't know a month ago?
For openers, bear in mind this is Rutgers football.
The Rutgers lowdown: It's still too soon to tell


By the time the phone finally rang, by the time the voice on the other end asked L.J. Smith how he was doing, all the 23-year-old tight end could think was: Don't be cute."Man, I'm stressed out," Smith snorted at Mike Ross, the Philadelphia Eagles' director of scouting. "How do you think I'm doing?" Ross just laughed, Smith said later. And then he told him to stop stressing.With their second-round selection and the 61st pick overall in the 2003 NFL Draft, the Eagles chose the 6-foot-3½, 253-pound Smith, a product first of tiny Group 1 Highland Park High School, and secondly of Rutgers, a school whose NFL profile isn't yet on the factory level.
North Jersey Media Group


In the two months since a workout at the scouting combine that included a 4.65-second timing in the 40-yard dash, a 37 1/2-inch vertical leap and 26 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press, it became increasingly clear people were taking notice of Rutgers tight end L.J. Smith. In Smith's case, the Highland Park native went from a fifth- or sixth-rounder in December all the way up to the second round, where he was chosen Saturday by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 61st pick in the NFL Draft.
Football: Rutgers' Smith thrilled to go to Eagles at No. 61 - Courier News


Football Recruiting

PISCATAWAY -- Anthony Miller, one of the top wide receivers in the state, was among the 100 high school recruits who attended last night's Scarlet & White spring football game at Rutgers Stadium. A junior at J.P. Stevens and a two-time Home News Tribune All-Area first-team selection, Miller was the first player to give head coach Greg Schiano a nonbinding commitment for the recruiting class of 2004. "I really didn't want to go to far from home," Miller said after last night's game, "and when I come here I want to have a chance to play my freshman year and make an impact on the team."
Home News Tribune | Story


Big East Basketball - Anthony Goes Pro

Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony, who led the Orangemen to their first national championship, will make himself eligible for the NBA draft. Anthony said Thursday he will forgo his final three years at Syracuse to play in the NBA.
AP Wire | 04/24/2003 | Syracuse freshman Anthony opts to go pro


Big East Football - Temple Recruit Arrested

Isaac Redman, a senior running back at Paulsboro (N.J.) High School who signed a national letter of intent with Temple in February, was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping a 15-year-old girl, police said.

Redman, 18, is in the Gloucester County Jail in Woodbury, N.J. in lieu of $25,000 cash bail, after allegedly assaulting the girl in a car outside a party in Pitman, N.J., at about 1 a.m. Friday.
Philadelphia Daily News | 04/24/2003 | Temple signee charged with


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