Walk-on Big Man Chooses Rutgers

Rutgers has its first preferred walk-on commitment in the 2016 class in the form of Valley Forge Military Academy big man Greg Munford. The South Jersey native is a 340-pound nose tackle that looks forward to his return to the Garden State next year.

Rutgers wants to get bigger as Big Ten members, and that certainly happens with the addition of 6-foot-3, 340-pound Greg Munford as a preferred walk-on.

The Sicklerville, N.J., native and nose tackle at Wayne (Pa.) Valley Forge Military Academy committed to Rutgers this week over a scholarship offer from North Carolina Central.

"I decided to go with Rutgers because I'm a Jersey kid," Munford said. "[Rutgers] said we have a walk-on spot, and it's a great opportunity because I love Jersey and I wanted to stay in state. That's my main reason for choosing Rutgers."

Munford is excited for his return to New Jersey, which takes place next spring after he completes his second season at Valley Forge. He plays both ways for Valley Forge, but plans to be a nose tackle in Piscataway.

"It's a good feeling because the Big Ten is known for their linemen," Munford said. "I just want to do something special and be a part of the next great group of linemen that comes out of the Big Ten."

Munford is friends with Rutgers defensive linemen Quanzell Lambert and Myles Nash, who both have 2016 eligibility.

"They're from my rival school," Munford said. "They went to Timber Creek. We all lived in Sicklerville, and I was on the other side and they went to our rival school. ... I haven't talked to them since [I committed], but I talked before and they said they love Rutgers. They said Rutgers is the right fit for them. Knowing that I have friends that love it there, I'm taking their word for it that it's a great place."

Rutgers has a history of walk-on success, specifically in South Jersey where linebacker Gary Brackett and running back Paul James became program stars.

"You're going to get a big, hard-working lineman," Munford said. "I'm a lineman that wants to be great. I'm a lineman that will never give up. I want to succeed and keep the tradition going at Rutgers."

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