Punter Helkowski Works Out at Rutgers

Fauquier (Warrenton, Va.) punter D.J. Helkowski made a return trip to Rutgers Monday for a private workout with the special teams staff. Helkowski discussed his second Rutgers visit and chances at receiving a scholarship offer with the Scarlet Knights needing a punter in the 2014 class.

Fauquier (Warrenton, Va.) punter D.J. Helkowski understands that he is not the only prospect on the Rutgers board, but feels that a strong performance in a camp workout has him in solid position to earn a scholarship offer.

Rutgers has a stop-gap at punter in fifth-year senior Nick Marsh, but needs a long-term answer at the position. Helkowksi hopes he will get the chance.

"I thought I did really well," Helkowski said. "I went out there really early Monday morning and ran through everything. They said they'll make a decision sometime soon and I'm one of a few guys under consideration. I'm happy with the way I kicked."

Helkowski worked up close with special teams coach Joe Rossi, who is also his recruiter. Rossi and the special teams staff gave him positive feedback and promised a quick evaluation.

"He's a laid back guy," Helkowski said. "Him and [special teams assistant Sam Williams] are nice guys. They helped set up an alternate date for me to get up there. They're both great."

Helkoswki unofficially visited Rutgers in the spring and received an in-depth tour of the school. Kicking Monday was his second trip to campus.

"We got tours of the facilities and pretty much everything that they have," he said. "We went around the five campuses and saw it all. I really liked it. They're probably top of my list right now."

Helkowksi has a handful of camps to attend in search of a scholarship offer and hopes to have his destination decided by the end of the summer. He already visited ECU, N.C. State, Old Dominion and Iowa State and has camps planned at Virginia Tech and James Madison.

Rutgers is recruiting Helkoswki exclusively as a punter, but he also brings versatility as a place kicker. He made 90 percent of his field goals as a junior and averaged 37.5 yards per punt with 19 of 45 kicks trapping the opponent inside the 20-yard line.


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