Adds Another Offer

Good offensive linemen are not easy to come by, yet their importance on the football field cannot be over-emphasized. New Jersey, while loaded at the skill position last year is filled to the brim with solid offensive linemen this year. One of these talented prospects is named Desmond Stapleton - he received an early offer from Virginia and now he has received a second.

Desmond Stapleton, by way of Unior Senior HS [Union, NJ] was one of the many talented prospects on hand for the All-American Combine held at Rutgers.

News of Desmond Stapleton's impressive performance at last week's combine traveled fast. As a result, the fleet-footed, local big man has earned his second offer.

Stapleton has informed that Rutgers has extended an offer.

"Rutgers offered Wednesday. I was hoping they would offer. I've been waiting for it", stated Stapleton.

Though very happy about his state school offering, Stapleton insists that he has no favorites at this time and that he'll let the recruiting process evolve, gather his information, and eventually make a decision.

Right now, Stapleton's list of schools showing interest includes Rutgers (offer), Virginia (offer), Penn State, Boston College, Connecticut, and Maryland. However, Stapleton has only had the opportunity to visit three schools thus far.

We asked Desmond to give us his thoughts on each of the schools.

Rutgers: I like their enthusiasm. I like how they are doing on the field. A few years ago nobody knew about them but now that they're winning games things are changing.

Virginia: I like the school and I like the campus. They also produce pretty good linemen.

Connecticut: They have a nice campus. When I went up there [a few weeks ago during one of the Huskies' spring practices] I didn't get to see so much because there's so much rebuilding.

"Some schools are recruiting me as a Guard and some as a Tackle," said Stapleton. Rutgers, the latest school to offer, is recruiting Desmond as a left tackle.

Stapleton will take his show to Randolph, New Jersey, on Monday for the Elite College Combine. If his performance at the Rutgers Combine was any indication, many more schools will be dialing Stapleton's number very soon.

Stapleton indicates that three things will help steer him to the eventual school of his choice.

"The main things that I'm looking at are location, how the team is doing, and how early I can see the field, said Stapleton.

Rutgers fans are well aware that Desmond's older brother, Darnell, is the starting center for the Scarlet Knights.

"We talk. He's been through many of these things (i.e., recruiting) before and he's helping me out," says Stapleton. However, Stapleton admits, recruiting is not so much a topic of conversation between the brothers.

After the Elite College Combine Desmond is uncertain of what combines or camps he will attend next.

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