Figueroa now taking his time

Joel Figueroa, who stands 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, made a December commitment to Rutgers but things are changing on the recruiting front.

Joel Figueroa emerged as one of the top offensive line prospects in Dade County this past season. "We didn't have a very good year as a team but I thought I did pretty good," Figueroa said. "I played both ways some but I'll be playing offensive line in college. I think I'm best at left tackle."

Fugueroa, who stands 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, talked about what makes him different on the football field than a lot of other players at his position. "A lot of guys have the size but I think my footwork makes me stand out," he said. "Not too many guys my size move their feet the way I do. I've worked very hard at that. That's another thing -- my work ethic. I go to work."

The talented lineman, who also throws the shot put and discus during track season, has been playing football since 10th grade. He made a December commitment to Rutgers but things are changing on the recruiting front. "I committed to Rutgers but that was before I had some other choices come up," he said. "Miami started calling a couple weeks ago. Coach Cristobal and I have been talking. He's a real cool guy and I'm taking a visit there this weekend."

Figueroa, who is scheduled to take the SAT on the 28th, spoke more about the Hurricanes. "It's close to home and it's a big-time program," he said. "I really like it there. I like the intensity at which they play at. If I play there, I know I'll become a better player because of all the good coaching and competition."

So what happens if the North Miami High senior leaves his visit over the weekend with a scholarship offer from the Canes? "I just keep saying that if something better comes up, I'll take it," he said. "I thought Rutgers was my best option earlier but now it's time to see what Miami's got. If I like it, I might change my mind."

Fugueroa has already visited Rutgers and will not take a visit on the 27th because of the SAT.


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