TE Marini Holds Five Verbal Offers

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini is up to five verbal scholarship offers and hearing regularly from more than a dozen schools. A 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end, Marini discussed where Rutgers stands among his offers, his general recruitment and timeframe for a decision.

After not adding a tight end in the Class of 2012, the position remains a top priority for Rutgers in building its next recruiting class. Searching recruiting areas far and wide, Rutgers recently offered Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini and is now in hot pursuit.

Marini holds five verbal scholarship offers going into the spring evaluation period and says that all five recruiting him are equal.

"It's really too early for leaders right now," Marini said. "[Rutgers] has been great. I'm staying in contact with [defensive line coach Jim Panagos] and [tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins] as well. I'm really excited about their offer and feel that Rutgers is a great university to be at."

The 6-foot-4 Marini received a verbal offer from Rutgers last month and has heard weekly from the staff ever since.

"Coach Panagos seems like a great guy when I'm talking to him," he said. "He worked at UCF, which is right around the corner from me. He's easy to talk to, easy to relate to. I love that Coach Dinkins played in the NFL. He has nine years of experience and that's a lot to bring to the table. I feel like that would be a great guy to learn from."

Marini has not set up plans to visit or camp at Rutgers, but said he is interested in doing so.

"I haven't looked at it yet, but I would be interested," Marini said. "They're coming down for our spring game and to watch us practice. I'll enjoy meeting with some of them in person.

"I still don't know a ton about them. I've done some research on the computer and I feel confident in everything I've seen so far. I look forward to learning more."

Marini describes himself as a dual-threat tight end with solid blocking and receiving skills.

"I'm a big blocker, but I also make the most of my opportunities to make plays," he said. "I can create opportunities down the field and get open."

Marini holds verbal offers from Louisville, Rutgers, FIU, USF and Temple. He plans to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

"I feel a really close connection to Louisville," Marini said. "They were my first offer. I like Coach Strong and what they're doing there. With FIU, I like them and feel comfortable, really comfortable with the coaches down there. I haven't gotten to see much of Temple yet, but I plan to. I like talking to the head coach. There are a lot of great people at USF and I like their coaches as well."

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