OL Bartholomew Visits Rutgers, Then Camps

St. Francis High (Athol Springs, N.Y.) offensive lineman Miles Bartholomew has seen increased interest from Rutgers during the last month, and Friday he made an unofficial visit to campus before camping at Rutgers on Saturday. Bartholomew spoke to ScarletReport.com about the visit, his camp performance and his recruitment.

St. Francis High (Athol Springs, N.Y.) offensive tackle Miles Bartholomew noticed an increase in attention from the Rutgers staff during the spring evaluation period, and he wanted to show them what he was capable of doing in person rather than evaluate solely off tape.

It was led the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder to Piscataway, N.J., over the weekend as he took an unofficial visit to campus Friday and participated in the Big Man camp Saturday.

"It was a great camp and I did pretty well," Bartholomew said. "Personally, I thought I was one of the top offensive linemen, but that's for them to judge. I did well technically. I thought what we were doing with the drills, that I did them well. I thought I was solid during the 1-on-1s."

Did he do enough to earn an offer?

"They said they would let me know this week," Bartholomew said. "They said I did really well at the camp. I think the coach told me a while ago they've seen enough film on me. They just want to evaluate me at the camp. He said they'll let me know about an offer next week."

One of the key aspects of the camp is receiving instruction from Rutgers offensive line coach Kyle Flood, which allows the players to learn first-hand about Flood's teach techniques.

"It was cool having him coach us up," Bartholomew said. "There were a couple of pointers he had for me during the 1-on-1s but it basically went well with coach Flood."

Although Bartholomew plays tackle at St. Francis, he is being recruited to play inside in college. Knowing that was the case, he moved around along the offensive line during drills.

"I know I'm probably going to play guard (in college) so I was playing guard, and I was stealing reps at center," he said. "It's more lateral movement and less horizontal movement, and I thought it went fine. Both ways felt comfortable for me."

It wasn't Bartholomew's first trip to Rutgers, and he didn't come just for the camp.

He previously visited the school with his coach, and Friday he made an unofficial visit to tour the campus and meet with the staff, including his recruiting coach, assistant Bob Fraser.

"I got a tour from one of the recruiting (assistants), and then coach Fraser came for the second half of the tour," he said. "Then, I met up with coach Flood and talked to him for a little while."

Bartholomew's lone offer is from Albany, but that could change as he readies for the camp circuit. He is scheduled to camp at Stanford, Penn State, Virginia and Boston College, and is looking for a mixture of strong academics and football.

"I want to go to the best academic and football school, but if there's a little better football, I might lean toward that," said Bartholomew, who has a 3.75 grade point average. "But I need to check out the entire school. I don't want to just go play football. I want to go to a good academic school as well."

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