Defense might win championships but the building blocks for these championships are linemen. So there is always a premium on linemen on both sides of the ball. Among the best linemen in New Jersey is Desmond Stapleton, who's brother happens to be the starting center and Rimington Trophy candidate for Rutgers. However, the younger Stapleton is a little bigger and prefers to protect the backside of the quarterback from his left tackle position.
Stapleton's first scholarship offer was from the University of Virginia. He
quickly added an offer from his state university, Rutgers, and later added Marshall
and Temple. As a result of a solid performance at the Maryland camp, the ACC
school appears to be the next school poised to offer.
With or without an offer from Maryland, Stapleton plans to conclude his recruitment
by the end of July. This early decision is meant to allow him to focus on his
senior season. His choice will be among the four schools who currently have
an offer on the table.
He has visited all of the schools that have offered with the exception of Marshall. Currently, there is no leader among these four schools. But Stapleton has the following to says about these schools:
- "Temple and Rutgers are programs on the rise."
- "Virginia has a good program."
- "Marshall is even meaning that they don't look like they are going to fall nor rise."
Rutgers might have a leg up on the competition and not just because his brother plays for the team. The Scarlet Knights is the program that is recruiting him the hardest and where he has developed the best relationship with the coaches.
State of Rutgers will be there to report on his commitment. Stay tuned.