FB Pulled Trigger 1 Week Ago

A hard-nosed fullback from south Jersey, typically known as Penn State recruiting grounds for as long as memory serves, has decided to pull the trigger in favor of Rutgers. Jack Corcoran, at 6'1 and 225-pounds, has selected Rutgers over offers from Penn State, Temple, and Ohio University.

This is typically Nittany Lion country. And if it's not Penn State, it's been virtually every other supposed big name program you can think of. Rarely has it been Rutgers.

In this season of change, another reason to believe that Rutgers' New Jersey recruiting has expanded to the southern parts of the state is the commitment of Jack Corcoran. Corcoran received his first offer from the University of Ohio, which was soon followed by Temple. Corcoran's state University, Rutgers, extended an offer soon after the conclusion of his senior season. Penn State, known for finding players throughout the country and especially on the east coast, that other schools often miss, became the latest offer. Corcoran was expected to visit PSU in the coming weeks and was offered a visit to Tennessee.

Instead, the second team All-State and Atlantic City player of the year performer decided to end his recruitment.

"I committed to Rutgers. I committed about one week ago but I decided to keep it quiet for a while," stated Corcoran.

"I talked to Coach Schiano and I said to him that Rutgers is the place for me. I like the offense that they run, I think it really suits me well. Everything seemed to fit right in place for me. It's pretty close to home, not that far from Atlantic City and my parents can come watch me play."

Rutgers recruited Corcoran for the FB position.

A 4.59-40 yard dash runner, Corcoran has both speed and quickness on a 225-pound frame.

"I'm a good blocker also and I think I can contribute that way also."

There are some similarities to another FB that excels at blocking but can contribute in a variety of ways. Corcoran's speed and strength make him a valuable asset out of the offensive backfield as he can both run and catch the ball equally well, requiring opposing defenses to key on him at all times.

One of the prime reasons that led to Corcoran's decision to attend Rutgers was his state university's academic reputation.

"We received an academic presentation [on Corcoran's official trip to Rutgers] and it was very impressive. I also think the school is in a great location right next to New York City and Philadelphia," stated Corcoran.

"The Rutgers degree is very important to me. If you get a degree out of Rutgers that's pretty prestigious."

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