Two-Deep Breakdown: CB Gareef Glashen

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team has another week off before regrouping for summer classes. Coming out of the spring, is here to individually break down every expected member of the summer two-deep. Today, we look at second-team cornerback Gareef Glashen.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at sophomore Gareef Glashen, begins training camp as a second-team cornerback.

Past Experience — After red-shirting his first year on campus, Glashen slowly worked his way onto the field in 2011. A mix o strong cornerback depth and inexperience for Glashen preventing him from seeing action in any meaningful situations, but the Miami, Fla., native still played in four games and logged two solo tackles.

As a Recruit — Glashen was very nearly a member of the Syracuse Orange before flipping to Rutgers the weekend before National Signing Day. Rated as a two-star cornerback and No. 134 overall at his position, Glashen held eight verbal scholarship offers and was one of the final pieces of the Class of 2010.

Spring Performance — Glashen was healthy and hard-working through the spring. Still a relatively young and inexperienced cornerback, Glashen benefited from 1-on-1 work against top wide receivers like Brandon Coleman and Mark Harrison and practice with the new heads of the defensive system.

Overall, however, Glashen did not stand out in the secondary enough to challenge the depth ahead of him.

Does Well — Glashen has good instincts in deep coverage and is physical off the line of scrimmage. Glashen plays cornerback like a linebacker at times with an aggressiveness and search for contact.

Needs to Improve — Glashen's aggressiveness often gets the better of him, specifically at the line of scrimmage. Though he is physical, receivers that are able to get off the line of scrimmage quickly tend to take advantage of that over-aggressiveness and are not jammed as much as they should be.

Long-Term Outlook — Once the depth ahead of Glashen moves on (i.e. Logan Ryan, Brandon Jones and Marcus Cooper), he has a chance to be a real contributor to the Rutgers defense. Glashen spent his redshirt freshman year as a member of the practice squad and may do so again if the cornerbacks stay healthy.

Here is the latest interview with Glashen.

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