RU's First 2005 Commit - Kevin Malast

The first commitment of Rutgers 2005 signing class came from Kevin Malast from Manchester Regional High School. The three-sport star is excited about playing football in the Big East.

"I had a good senior year," said Kevin Malast. "In football, I rushed for over 1,200 yards with 15 touchdowns. I had 107 tackles on defense. I was named Super 100 All-State, All-Shore, All-County, and All-Conference. I also wrestled, and I played baseball. In wrestling I was the district champ three years in a row, and I placed fifth in the state. In baseball, my batting average was .436. I was named All-County, All-Conference, and best hitter in the conference. Our county newspaper called me today and said I was the county Male Athlete of the Year."

"I definitely don't want to play more than one sport in college. I want to be the best football player I can be. By playing in a conference like the Big East, you only have time to commit yourself to one sport," Malast added.

Malast will arrive on campus this month, and he explains why he decided to stay in-state for his college football career.

"I will start classes June 26th. The coaches have sent me a defensive package for me to study before I get there," said Malast. "I chose Rutgers because I always grew up watching Rutgers football. They are beginning to turn the program around. They beat Michigan State last year. I bought into their philosophy, and they have great facilities. I really like the people."

"The coaches are a great group of guys," Malast said. "They recently got a new linebackers coach. I like him a lot, and we get along very well. The coaches were one of the main reasons I decided to stay in-state to play football."

Malast wants the opportunity to earn a spot in the rotation in the fall. "The coaches and I haven't really discussed what my role is going to be," he said. "I know I am going to start out at middle linebacker. I have been working out everyday. I am currently 6-3, 220. I am going to walk right in there and compete. They have a lot of great linebackers. If they decide to red-shirt me, then I will have more of an opportunity to get better."

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