Rutgers in Mix for Lakeland (Fla.) Tight End

Rutgers' search for a tight end is taking it near and far, and a recent target to move into the fold is a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Lakeland, Fla. He spoke to about Rutgers, his recruitment, and how a position change could be in his future.

Kerwin Harrison plays receiver for Kathleen Senior High (Lakeland, Fla.), but it hasn't stopped a handful of schools from offering him as a tight end, and number of others giving him a serious look.

And on the looking side sits Rutgers, which recently picked up its recruitment of the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Harrison, who is trying to make it to campus later this month for a camp, and to meet with the coaching staff.

"Things stand good with Rutgers right now," Harrison said.

Harrison holds offers from South Florida, Louisville, Iowa State, Florida Atlantic and Florida International, and is getting interest from UCF and Mississippi State as well as the Scarlet Knights.

"They're recruiting me to play tight end," Harrison said. "I can catch like a receiver, but I would say the best part (of his game) is blocking. We run a spread-based offense, most of the time with four receivers on the field, and I'm at receiver.

"They're talking about splitting the tight end out and letting me catch the ball."

As a junior, Harrison caught 14 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns.

His primary contact with Rutgers is assistant Robb Smith.

"He tells me a lot of good things, but I don't know a lot about their program," Harrison said. "He tells me a lot of stuff about the city, and the atmosphere around the school."

The biggest obstacle to Harrison earning an offer from Rutgers is getting to campus so he can get a feel for the coaching staff, and also for other members of the staff to meet him and see how he meshes with everyone.

His goal is to camp there during the last week of June.

"I'm trying to make arrangements so I can come up there some time," Harrison said. "I talked to a few of the other coaches (besides Smith), but they want me to come up and see what they're all about."

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