Klein starts summer off on impressive note

St. Joe's LB/S Terrence Klein has heard basically every single reason why he isn't a legitimate D1-A prospect. However, Klein's summer performances at a number of 7-on-7s and camps including the recent Rutgers camp, impressed the Rutgers staff and onlookers alike and has solidified the Green Knights future Safety as a player to keep a very close eye on this coming fall.

Terrence Klein [5' 11" and 175-pounds] played the OLB position for the St. Joe's Green Knights last year.  This year Klein will be making the switch to S.

Klein has had a busy spring and summer thus far.  He attended the Elite College Combine in May.  Once June rolled around Klein and his St. Joe's teammates made the trip to Monmouth University to participate in a 7-on-7 competition.  St. Joe's wound up winning the tournament.  The following week a vast majority of the incoming seniors and juniors headed back north for the Boston College camp.  Almost immediately upon their arrival St. Joe's got back on the bus and headed back south to Rutgers stadium, in Piscataway New Jersey, to participate in the Greg Schiano shoot-out, a 70-team tournament which attracted some of the top skilled players in the region.  St. Joe's played valiantly despite two questionable non-sack calls, and wound up losing to eventual champion Liberty HS (Pa.) by a single score in the quarterfinals.

And just a few short days later Klein headed back to Piscataway to participate in the Rutgers Football camp.

"I thought I had a good day.  The competition was great.  They had a good group of kids there from Florida that I was put in with and I think I held my own," stated Klein in reference to his 1-day RU camp experience.

But Klein's performance became quite noticeable when he tried to cover one of the top WR prospects in Florida.  Having seen this particular WR prospect on several occasions now, I have not come across a single DB that has come close to checking him.

"Coach Schiano had me cover a player by the name of Tim Brown from Florida.  He was lightning fast.  I think he ran a 4.25 or something ridiculous," stated Klein.

During Sunday night individual testing inside Rutgers Stadium, Brown made instant believers out of all that hadn't seen him prior to this event by running a 4.25 forty yard dash.

So how did Klein do against Tim Brown, the human highlight film?

"The first time I faced him his speed took me by surprise and he beat me on the post.  The second time he ran a post flag and I stayed with him and got the interception.  There was also another kid from Florida that was in the group with us.  He ran a fade and I picked that off."

Another successful camp behind him, where does Klein stand in terms of recruiting? 

Currently, Klein lists Pennsylvania, Delaware,  New Hampshire and Rutgers among the schools that are showing him interest.  However, Klein states he has no favorites at this time.

In regards to Rutgers, Klein was impressed.

"I've seen the Rutgers facilities but not much of the campus.  The facilities are some of the best in college football.  The weight room is great and so is the locker room."

"Coach Rizzi recruits my area.  He's a great guy who really knows how to treat his players and recruits well." 

"My first thought of Coach Schiano is that he's a competitor who really wants to win.   He's working really hard to get Rutgers to the top of the Big East and college football.  He's a jersey guy so we automatically have something in common.  He loves football and coaches with a lot of emotion and I play with a lot of energy and emotion."

What is next for the rising senior out of St. Joe's?

"Working out at St. Joe's.  Pertaining to camps I might be headed up to New Hampshire on the 13th and 14th."

"As far as team goals I want to win a seventh straight state title.  That's the first thing.  We expect to go undefeated, there is no reason we shouldn't."

St. Joe's which may very well be the most fundamentally sound team in the state continues to take the off-season seriously working out and preparing every opportunity they get.

"We are working very hard as a team, everyone is getting stronger and faster."


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