Week two on the road began with an important stop for Rutgers coach Chris Ash. After the Scarlet Knights landed offensive lineman Michael Maetti late in last year's recruiting process, Ash was back in at Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco for the next wave of young talents.
Ash visited Don Bosco Prep during the day and two Ironman underclassmen picked up offers at night.
“He brings some excitement coming from Ohio State, and being in the Big Ten obviously helped,” said Don Bosco offensive coordinator Mike Teel. “The enthusiasm their staff has, they've done really well with the recruiting side of things. Ultimately, kids see some of the games and that they've got to get better and compete more. Overall, he's done a really good job of being seen and being around as much as the rules allow him to be and doing a lot of things right on the recruiting trail.”
“[Earlington] is a 6-foot-5, 255-pound athlete and that's hard to find,” Teel said. “He's raw in a sense playing football being that he played basketball first. He's just long, athletic, physical. You watch him play and he got better each game. He hasn't figured it out yet but he's a lot closer than what he was at the beginning of the season.”
Earlington holds other offers from Syracuse, Boston College, North Carolina and Duke. He could play tight end or defensive end at the next level depending on need.
“I think he's a defensive player,” Teel said. “Whether it's on the offensive side of the ball or on the defensive line, he's a guy that a lot of people want and a lot of people look for.”
Berger quickly made a name for himself as an electric freshman running back this season.
“Whenever you come into a league like the league in which we play and you have a lot of success early on, you get a lot of interested people,” Teel said. “He's a kid that the sky is the limit for him as far as potential. He's talented. He's strong. He runs really well. He's got vision. It's all of the stuff that you're looking for in a running back.”
How will he handle the early college attention?
“He's one of the quietest kids that I've ever been around,” Teel said. “It's a lot for him early on with the varsity guys. He's a 14, 15-year old kid with a bunch of 18-year olds. He started to get more comfortable. He started scoring touchdowns and running the ball really well. He started to open up with the team and laugh with the other guys but he's a really quiet kid, really respectful, comes from a really good family, parents are really involved, really good people. It's just what you want.”