Orlando Kane, 5-81/2, 4.37, 170, WR, Lawrence Twp HS
I spoke to Orlando Kane's coach Rob Radice about the verbal of OK.
Why did he chose Rutgers?
"I think Rutgers did a great job coming after him. They offered in December. Schiano also came to the school as did their defensive coordinator Paul Ferraro and they treated him very well. He liked what Rutgers is doing to turn the program around. He thinks he can come in and play early. He wanted to go into his senior year with this behind him. Many, many schools were calling him. Kansas State called him, a lot of schools were calling him. He was constantly getting calls. I think he wanted to make his decision and concentrate on his senior year."
Who was the runner up?
"Virginia. Even though they didn't offer. He liked the coach at UConn but he thought that Rutgers was right for him. Boston College recruited him very hard, Penn State was calling, he was getting calls from a lot of other schools. There would have been a lot more offers for sure."
What do you think is the most important talent he'll bring to Rutgers?
"Speed, the ability to take it the distance. He is shifty, he is hard to get a clear shot at. You can get it to him at the five and he can take it the distance. There are some kids who run track but also play football. Orlando is a football player who can also run track. He is a natural on the football field. He also plays point guard on the basketball team. He is a great athlete."
How solid is this commitment?
"I think it is pretty solid. It wasn't a hasty decision. I think Rutgers is right for him."
Will he still take official visits?
"I doubt it. I really doubt it but I can't say for sure. This wasn't a hasty decision. He really thought it out. He told me that this is the place that he wanted to go."
As a junior, Kane ran for 1,600 yards on 230 carries. He had 15 touchdowns in total with 11 rushing, one kick return, one punt return and two touchdowns receiving. He also had 11 receptions for 198 yards. Orlando runs a 4.37 forty yard dash and is one of the top sprinters in the State of New Jersey.
Last year as a junior Orlando was Third Team AP All State. He was also an All Area player and you can imagine that those types of honors will continue to pile up through the coming season.
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net