Dill Prepared for Lone Rutgers Season

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – ScarletReport.com talked to fifth-year senior R.J. Dill, who after spending his first four years at Maryland, has found a new home as a right tackle at Rutgers.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Change has been the trend for Rutgers in 2012 – a new president, a new head football coach, NIKE Pro Combat uniforms and a new right tackle – have all found their way to Piscataway in time for the fall semester.

But for fifth-year senior R.J. Dill, his first training camp at Rutgers is business as usual.

"I think offensive line is offensive line," said the former three-year starter at Maryland. "I've been here for six months now and I'm a Scarlet Knight now."

For Rutgers, Dill's arrival comes at both a time and place of need. Dill earned the first-team spot in the spring and is slated to be a bookend of the right side of the offensive line opposite true sophomore Kaleb Johnson barring any setbacks.

"I'm happy to be here," Dill said. "I'm happy to be playing with guys like Dallas Hendrikson, Kaleb Johnson and those kinds of guys."

After starting 33 games for the Terrapins from 2009-11, Dill entered a "re-recruitment" phase before settling on the Scarlet Knights. For Dill, Rutgers offered opportunities that nowhere else could.

Dill took an unofficial visit to Rutgers shortly after a decision to graduate and leave Maryland. After a 2-10 season under first-year head coach Randy Edsall, change appeared as the best option for Dill.

From nearby Mechanicsburg, Pa., -- the same town as sophomore linebacker Kevin Snyder -- the reasons piled up to finish his career at Rutgers.

"It was a big opportunity to be part of a family," Dill said. "Family is a big thing around here and that hit home for me. It was an opportunity to play on a really good team that had a lot of guys coming back, and it was an opportunity to keep playing football. I'm happy I got it."

Dill went on to say that he thinks the offensive line struggles for the Scarlet Knights are a thing of the past. He looks forward to solidifying the front five from the start.

"I think we have played pretty well in the camp so far and we have a lot of really great offensive linemen here," he said.

The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder committed to Rutgers in December to then-head coach, Greg Schiano, but even with Schiano's departure to the NFL, Dill is confident in new head coach, Kyle Flood.

"Coach Flood is a great guy," Dill said. "He recruited me out of high school and recruited me again out of Maryland. It worked out well, he got the gig [at Rutgers] and he's doing a great job as the head guy."


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