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
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.
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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.
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.
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