Two-Deep Breakdown: DL Michael Larrow

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team is back on campus for summer classes and workouts. Coming out of the spring, is here to individually break down every expected member of the summer two-deep. Today, we continue momentum toward camp with a look at defensive lineman Michael Larrow.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at junior Michael Larrow, who will be a second-team defensive lineman to start training camp.

Past Experience — Larrow has played in 12 games over the last three years, including five starts at two different positions on the offensive line.

Larrow started five games as a sophomore before he went down for the season with a leg injury. In parts of two seasons, Larrow played at 3-technique and defensive end. He has 16 career tackles and 2.5 sacks.

As a Recruit — At defensive end, Larrow was No. 71 at his position and a three-star recruit in the Class of 2009. A star defender for Union (N.J.), Larrow committed to Rutgers in June heading into his senior season.

He chose the Scarlet Knights over reported offers from Oregon, Illinois, South Florida and Syracuse.

Spring Performance — Larrow spent the spring in recovery mode after an injury brought an early end to his sophomore season. He has experience at multiple positions on the defensive line and will likely check in as a competitor for defensive end or 3-technique for Rutgers this season.

Larrow provides depth at either spot and likely goes where he is best needed to get the eight best linemen rotating on the field.

Does Well — Larrow's best attribute is his versatility. He is strong enough to stuff the run inside and mobile enough to threaten quarterbacks as a pass rusher. He has steadily shown improvement since he enrolled and sat out as a true freshman and learning from defensive line coach Jim Panagos will only make him better heading into his junior season.

Needs to Improve — Larrow needs to stay healthy and improve at whichever position he checks in at for training camp. At defensive end, Larrow needs to take his solid technique to the next level. The best defensive linemen are able to consistently cause problems in the backfield and get to the ball carrier. Larrow is not there yet.

In 11 appearances and five starts, Larrow has just 2.5 sacks.

Long-Term Outlook — Larrow needs to stay healthy before he can become an every-down contributor, but he has the ability to be a starter for the next two season. With more versatility and experience than most linemen on the roster, look for Larrow to get every chance to win a spot assuming he stays healthy.

When it comes to his position, a lot depends on the development of Marcus Thompson and Darius Hamilton at end and Kenneth Kirksey and Isaac Holmes at 3-tech. Larrow will play where he is needed.

Here is the latest interview with Larrow.

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