Eric Margolis went through most of his recruitment as a wide receiver prospect. That changed on the final visit weekend before National Signing Day.
The soon-to-be West Nyack (N.Y.) Clarkstown graduate officially visited Rutgers, and received an offer to play strongside linebacker shortly after returning home. Margolis committed on the spot, and is focused on bulking up for his new position.
"I like hitting people when I'm on defense," Margolis said. "I'm a little new to it, but I think I'll be able to pick it up fairly easily. I've watched the Rutgers linebackers to learn from them, but I'm just focused on getting bigger first."
Margolis currently sits at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, and enlisted the help of his father to pack on mass before training camp.
"My dad is just cooking and cooking," Margolis said. "It's really like he's been my personal chef for a few months. He's there for me all the time, just helping me get bigger and get ready. Overall, I think I'm doing pretty good. Rutgers has a great workout plan, and it's helping me increase my weight and lifting to get stronger."
Margolis enrolls at Rutgers next week, just a few days after his high school graduation.
"I'm extremely excited, so I don't want a vacation," Margolis said. "Football is my passion. It's something that drives me. I'm not going to be having a summer break, but I'll be doing something better because I'm doing what I love. I just want to play football."
Friends, family and coaches all have college advice for Margolis. The primary message – be ready to work.
"Prepare to have no free time," Margolis said. "That's what the coaches are telling me. But that's fine with me. Football is my life. I literally live and breathe football, so I'd rather do that than have free time anyway."