Charles Snorweah lit up the scoreboards as a senior at Fairless Hills (Pa.) Pennsbury with nearly 2,800 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns.
After a stellar high school career, however, the summer of 2015 will be a humbling one for the 5-foot-9 tailback.
Snorweah enters a packed running back room at Rutgers, where he likely red-shirts this season.
“It’s going to be a little difficult because you always want to be in there playing,” Snorweah said. “It’s going to take a while to accept that role, I would say. It’s going to definitely be different, but that’s the price of big time football. I’m more than happy with my situation.”
Snorweah described the adjustment as a welcome one. The 165-pounder needs to bulk up before he sees the field, and wants to learn as much as possible from Paul James in their brief time together.
“I’m going to learn so much from guys like him because he’s such a well-balanced back,” Snorweah said. “He’s fast. He’s strong. He’s big. He’s intense. Each one of those backs has something that I can learn from. I’m coming in to be a student my first year. I’m going to learn a lot from them.”
Snorweah recently underwent successful shoulder surgery, and will be limited in summer workouts upon his arrival.
“Everything is perfectly fine right now,” Snorweah said on his repaired left shoulder. “I’ve got about a week-and-a-half left in my sling and then I can start my physical therapy. I’m making progress and everything is good.”
Defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson remains in contact with Snorweah in tracking his recover.
“Coach Wilson said that once they get me back on campus, they’re going to start slow,” Snorweah said. “I’m going to have to work my way back up with strength. I’m ready for it … Your whole life growing up, you dream about playing college ball. So for me to know I’m about two weeks from that moment, it’s crazy.”