Rutgers Getting An Early Start

Although Letter of Intent Day is drawing closer by the minute, recruiting for the following class is already underway. Several prospects, both locally and regionally, are already hearing from Rutgers and some have already received scholarship offers. One of these prospects is defensive line/offensive line prospect, <b>Tom McEowen</b>, a Junior from Neshaminy High School, in Pennsylvania.

During his Junior year Tom McEowen amassed 89 tackles, 15 of which were for loss.  In addition, he accumulated 5 sacks and forced 2 fumbles.  All this while opposing defenses attempted to keep McEowen in check by double teaming him a significant portion of the time.

As a result of McEowen's impressive Junior-year statistics, several schools have taken notice and have begun to recruit the Pennsylvania prospect.  Among these schools are Alabama, Duke, Michigan, North Carolina State, Pennsylvania State, Virginia and West Virginia.  However, one school does stand out as they were the first to offer.

Rutgers extended an offer in early January.

"Yeah, it's great to receive that first offer," stated McEowen.  "It's really nice and means a lot, and it makes you just want to work harder.  Coach Galiano came down to school and then the offer came in the mail a few days later."

What does McEowen feel about the Rutgers staff and has he had an opportunity to visit the campus?

"They're all real nice people.  Yes, I have been to Rutgers.  I went to one of the games last year - I think it was New Hampshire.  I didn't get to go to the weight room though.  We went and ate and then we went to the field and watched warm-ups and then we watched the game."

With Rutgers being the first school to extend a scholarship offer, it ensures the New Jersey program will not get lost in a sea of offers when other college programs jump on-board and offer McEowen.

However, that does not suggest that Rutgers leads in the early stages of McEowen's recruitment.  Indeed, it is much too early to be discussing leaders at this time.

In the early going, what are McEowen's feelings on the recruiting process?

"I've been getting a lot of letters lately.  Everything is going pretty well.  I am wide open at this point.  But I probably would want to stay closer to the east coast."


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