Rutgers Looking at DE/LB Prospect

The presence of a true rush end has been a hallmark of Coach Schiano's defenses since he has landed on the banks -- and Rutgers has done well landing this type of player, with speed and athleticism from the corner. One prospect that fits precisely this description that you may have not heard about, but one that Rutgers is involved with, is a 6-foot-3 and 235-pound terror that plays both DE and DT at Sarasota HS. His name, Walter Dublin.

Originally from New Jersey, Walter Dublin stands in at 6-foot-3 and 235-pounds, while playing a host of positions for Sarasota HS (Sarasota, FL) including defensive end, defensive tackle, and fullback.

A very well spoken individual that will impress one with his scholastic achievements as much as his on the field prowess, Dublin already holds close to 30 offers.

"I've got offers from Ohio State, Nebraska, Clemson, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Rutgers, Connecticut, South Florida, Central Florida, West Virginia," stated Dublin. Those were just a smattering of the schools that Walter could name off the top of his head. Dublin has also been in contact with the Florida coaching staff.

Originally from New Jersey, Dublin still has boatloads of family members in the area.

"I was born in New Jersey but I only lived there for 1 year. I still have family there. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, lots of family."

With a number of high profile offers Dublin has decided on a Top 5 and two official visits. His Top 5 includes Ohio State, Minnesota, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Clemson. Official visits to two schools are already determined: Ohio State and Nebraska. The remaining slots (3) are still open and that is precisely where a school like Rutgers can make a push.

We asked Dublin to tell us a little bit about each of his current favorites.

Ohio State: The football tradition that they have there, I really like that.

Minnesota: I have a chance to play early there. The coaching staff has told me they're going to find a spot for me early on.

West Virginia: I don't know too much about them academically but in talking with Coach Rod I know that they're building more tradition there every year.

Nebraska: I love the coaching staff there.

Clemson: They have a very good tradition and they are closer to home. I'd also have a chance to play early there.

Citing Journalism as a potential major of study while in college and a desire to study the subject in a bigger media market places a school like Rutgers in a preferential academic environment very suitable to Dublin's desires. For now, Dublin insists, he would like to know more about the school.

When does the defensive standout think he will be ready to pull the trigger?

"Probably on signing day. I don't think I would commit early."

Having received an SAT score of 1590 Dublin is already fully qualified. He is currenly enjoying a successful senior season where his squad is off to a 4 and 1 start.

"We just lost our first game to a very good team. But right now we have the #2 scoring offense in the area. We're a young team offensively but we're nearly all seniors defensively."

At 6-foot-3 and 235-pounds adding to Dublin's credentials is a 4.58 second 40-yard dash.

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