CoachSpeak: Scouting George Behr

East Ridge (Woodbury, Minn.) tight end George Behr was the first of three Rutgers football commitments in an exciting weekend. East River head coach Mike Pendino spoke with about his tight end's commitment and personal connections to Rutgers.

East Ridge(Woodbury, Minn.) tight end commit George Behr did not stretch the field as a junior but will arrive at Rutgers next season with plenty of experience as a threat in the passing game.

Behr specialized as a short-game receiver and blocker in the East River offense, which will change significantly going into his senior year.

"We'll stretch the field with him this year and get him the ball downfield more efficiently," said East Ridge coach Mike Pendino. "Last year we didn't because our quarterback was a freshman and there needed to keep some things simple. He's going to be a great player too. George is going to be able to stretch the field now and he catches everything that you throw. He's not going to be a deep, deep threat, but he's going to be a playmaker."

Behr's size and skill set fit well into the Rutgers pro-style scheme and provide key depth at a position in need.

"It's a great fit for him for what Rutgers does offensively in the skill set that George brings," Pendino said. "He's a 6-foot-5, 230-pound kid that's got great body control and great hands. He's got great awareness – when teams are playing zone and man. He catches anything close to him. I think he's going to be a big-time match up there Rutgers."

Behr needs to get stronger to block at a Big Ten level, but the passion and technique is present and on display at East Ridge.

"He's an efficient blocker," Pendino said. "George does a great job at it. With what George does and what Rutgers likes to do, it's just going to be a great fit."

Behr came onto the Rutgers radar partially because of Pendino's ties to the area. Native to Cinnaminson, N.J., Pendino coached Rutgers associate head coach Norries Wilson at Minnesota.

"I've known coach Wilson for a long time," Pendino said of the former Columbia head coach. "Coach Wilson was an offensive tackle for us at the time. I know him very well. He has a great way with kids and I would trust him with anybody. He does a great job."

Behr could return for a second unofficial visit this fall and will officially visit Rutgers after his senior season.

"His dad is as excited as can be," Pendino said. "His dad was a Division I athlete. He's very excited about him going to Rutgers. So is everybody here at East Ridge. I'm excited to make a trip or two back to New Jersey where I'm from and to see everything."

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