Rutgers extends offer to Liberty HS Prospect

Andres Morales, a 6-foot-2 and 245-pound defensive line/linebacker prospect from Libert HS in Bethlehem (Pa.) has received his first scholarship offer from a Big East program.

Andres Morales stands in at 6-foot-2 and 245-pounds. These "measurables", along with his 4.8-forty yard dash speed have earned the rising prospect the, perhaps unwanted, description of "tweener". Morales may not be quite fast enough for the LB position but he may not be quite big enough for the defensive line. One thing is for sure, as I found out this past June 25th on the campus of Rutgers University -- Morales can ball.

Morales and his Liberty HS teammates reeled off several upsets on their way, and wound up as 27-6 winners of the Greg Schiano 2005 Shootout earlier this summer, a tournament that saw in excess of 70 schools participate.

Less than two weeks ago Morales received notice of his first collegiate scholarship -- from Rutgers.

"It was like Christmas," stated Morales when opening up the package.

"Coach McNulty is recruiting me from Rutgers. I've talked to him a couple of times and he seems like a real cool guy. I also talked to the Head Coach [Greg Schiano] at the camp."

With Rutgers being the first school to officially show him the love, where does Morales stand now?

"They were the first school to offer me and tell me how much they want me and that is important. They offered me first so I will definitely be looking at them," continued Morales.

Morales, however, still has a considerably long list of suitors that are expressing interest. North Carolina State, West Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Connecticut, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Ohio State have all shown interest.

Does the standout Top 100 Pennsylvania product have a list of favorites at this time?

"I like North Carolina State and West Virginia," stated Morales. Rutgers, the first to tender an offer falls in third.

Indeed, in terms of official visits that Morales has stated he will take each of the aforementioned three schools are likely to receive one from the Libert HS prospect.

Morales states that he intends to make his decision after he has taken at least a few, though not necessarily all, of his allotted visits. Decision time may be expected sometime as late as this upcoming January.

An excellent student, Morales holds a 3.6 GPA in the classroom.

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