CoachSpeak: Scouting Maryland Transfer Dill

With Maryland transfer R.J. Dill officially announcing Rutgers today, ScarletReport.com caught up with his former head coach at Trinity High School (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) Jeff Boger. Boger, who now coaches at Milton Hershey (Hershey, Pa.) remains close with Dill and offered his take on what the offensive lineman can give the Scarlet Knights next season.

Rutgers received a major boost to its offensive line today when R.J. Dill announced Rutgers has his transfer destination from Maryland.

Dill, who started for two years with the Terrapins, opted to transfer for his final year of eligibility. Dill receives his degree from Maryland this week, making him eligible for an immediate transfer to Rutgers, where he will not have to sit out a year due to NCAA regulations.

An offensive tackle, the 6-foot-7 Dill has the spring semester to compete for playing time in practice before training camp begins this summer.

ScarletReport.com presents a question and answer session with Jeff Boger, who was Dill's head coach at Trinity High School (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) before Dill committed to Ralph Friedgeon at Maryland in 2008:

ScarletReport.com: What kind of player is Rutgers getting in R.J. Dill?

Jeff Boger: He did everything that we asked him to do. He's definitely a very good football player. He's a guy that decided this is definitely what he wants to do. He's definitely a leader. He's going to give Rutgers a big boost.

SR: What has it been like for you to watch him perform at Maryland at a high level?

JB: It's great to see someone that you coached go out there and perform well. [Maryland coaches] talked to me about how he was very mature and how his level of play has increased over the years, so it's nice to hear that coming from other coaches.

SR: Would you consider him to be a student of the game?

JB: Definitely. He comes from a family that's been around sports. His dad played at Navy. He knows about what it takes to prepare himself for a game, so I think a lot of that stuff he learned from his dad.

SR: How would you rate his level of athleticism?

JB: I think he's very athletic. In high school he played football and basketball, so I would say he's pretty athletic, especially for being a 6-foot-7 guy. He was a good basketball player, so I believe that translated to the football field. I believe he'll do well for Rutgers and he'll have a good chance of competing at the next level.


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