Walk-on TE Scarff Pushes for Reps at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers has a long-standing walk-on tradition, and sophomore Charles Scarff could be the next name on Saturdays with a solid offseason body of work.

Sophomore walk-on tight end Charles Scarff called an on-field role at Rutgers “my ultimate dream,” and 2015 could be the big year.

Scarff scratched his way onto the field for a handful of reps against Howard as a true freshman. He sits as the third tight end as a sophomore, and his stock is way up early in training camp.

“The offseason was big for me, and I’m starting to just put it all together,” said Scarff, who walked on at Rutgers from Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic. “The past couple of days have been good. That’s on me to try to keep it going from here on out.”

Many smaller schools recruited Scarff as the best statistical receiver in his conference as a senior. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder opted instead for a tougher road to the field and the competition level of the Big Ten conference.

“I’ve got a good opportunity right here to come in and play Big Ten football, so I took advantage of the opportunity,” Scarff said. “I made the right decision. I’m happy with it, and I’m so excited. I just can’t wait. I’m not even near where I want to be. I think it’s just a great fit.”

Scarff checks in behind junior Nick Arcidiacono and sophomore Matt Flanagan on the depth chart, but the offensive coordinator change benefits his chances at playing time.

“They’re going to put me in where it best fits,” Scarff said. “Our offense has changed a bit since last year. We’re more tight end friendly. We’ll have two or three tight ends in some formations. I’m looking forward to getting on the field.”

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