Spotlight 2014: DL Connor Morehart

Governor Mifflin (Shillington, Pa.) 2014 defensive lineman Connor Morehart left Rutgers in the spring with a verbal scholarship offer. Preparing for increased recruiting contact on Sept. 1, Morehart is aware of interest from a series of programs in the area and discussed the early stages of his recruitment.

Governor Mifflin (Shillington, Pa.) 2014 defensive lineman Connor Morehart began his recruiting journey this spring when his head coach recommended he visit Rutgers for a spring practice.

The visit to campus went so well that Morehart has already been to Rutgers three times and holds his first verbal scholarship offer from the Scarlet Knights.

"I went for a spring scrimmage and I got to tour some of the facilities and learn about academics," Morehart said. "The food there was awesome too. I loved my first visit."

Morehart left his first visit with an invitation to the spring game.

While at the spring game, Morehart got the chance to see Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice up close and left with a scholarship offer from coach Kyle Flood.

Morehart also spent time with South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) recruit T.J. Taylor, who recently received an offer and has since committed to Rutgers.

"It was the first college experience I really had and it was amazing," Morehart said. "[Recruiting assistant] Jim Worth told me that coach Flood wanted to talk with me and my dad, so we went over to his office.

"Coach Flood told my dad, ‘we don't care who you're talking to or who offered you. All we know is we want you on our team and you have a scholarship here.'"

Morehart was back at Rutgers again in June, where he was a top underclassman performer at the Big Man Academy.

Morehart projects best as a defensive tackle at 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, but could play on either side of the ball. He worked as a defensive lineman at the Rutgers camp.

"I got to work with [special teams coordinator Joe Rossi] and [defensive line coach Jim Panagos]," Morehart said. "I think of all the schools I've been to and all the coaches I've talked to, they're the best coaches by far. They're all really welcoming. At some other schools, the coaches are grumpy or not paying attention to you. At Rutgers, the coaches are all happy and they're cool to talk with. I like them a lot."

Rutgers is his lone offer, but Morehart said his coach told him of serious interest from Wisconsin, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Louisville.

Morehart, who has also visited Penn State, said he still has an interest in the Nittany Lions after the recently announced sanctions.

"Now that I thought about it, I would still keep [Penn State] in mind," he said. "They are still in the running, and I still would consider them."

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