TE Flanagan Ready for Spring Game Visit

West Morris Mendham (N.J.) High tight end Matt Flanagan already visited Rutgers for a spring practice and he will return for Saturday's spring game. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Flanagan spoke about the Scarlet Knights, what he is being told about an offer and what he is looking for in a school.

Rutgers' search for a tight end could take them to West Morris Mendham (N.J.) for camp-bound Matt Flanagan.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound has been getting plenty of interest from the Scarlet Knights, and coaches from Pennsylvania, Delaware and Columbia each stopped by the school this month to check on him.

"I've been in contact with Rutgers heavily for the past year now," Flanagan said. "I know all the coaches. They're really nice guys. They're definitely honest with me about the recruiting process. I like seeing that in a coach, that they're honest and showing interest. They're not deceiving you, giving you the cold shoulder and keep you guessing."

One of the reasons Flanagan hasn't received a ton of interest is the style Mendham plays. It is a run-oriented offense.

He already visited Rutgers this spring and will return for Saturday's spring game. However, the coaches are telling Flanagan they want to see him run and catch passes in camp before offering. "Most of my highlight tape is blocking," Flanagan said. "They see that, so they say, ‘We have to make sure he can run pass routes and be a receiving threat as well.'

"They say, ‘Off your highlight tape we can see what my strengths are. We can see you being the run-blocking tight end and substitute out for the passing game.' Personally, that's what they told me they're looking. I'm not worried they'll be able to see that."

And that isn't to say Flanagan isn't a fan of blocking.

"I have no problem with run blocking," he said. "I like it a lot."

Flanagan is coming off a senior season in which he caught seven passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He also made 49 tackles, including three sacks, playing along the defensive line.

However, Flanagan's decision will not be based largely on football.

"The academics are really the No. 1 thing for me right now, and going along with going to a good school, but also being able to do well in school," Flanagan said. "I'm really interested in science, and a possible major for me is pre-med. So, I'm looking for a school that would have the best opportunity in that situation.

"But I'm also looking for a good football school that I can really feel at home. That's one of the big pluses for Rutgers right now. Rutgers has a great football program. Not only are they good with the academics and the great facilities, but they also have a great football program. Using football to get in there could help me get ahead of the game."

One school Flanagan would like to hear from is Stanford.

"It's got great academics and I have a lot of relatives out there," he said. "It's also an excellent football program."

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