Focus '07: Ted Plunkett

Ted Plunkett stands in at 5-feet-11 and 180-pounds. Originally by way of McCorristin Catholic, Plunkett now suits up for The Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ). Plunkett was one of many under the radar Garden State prospects on hand at the Scout.com All-American Combine this past April. However, several offers later, it seems as though Plunkett's undiscovered status may soon be shed.

Ted Plunkett was on hand for the Scout.com All-American Combine this past May. Plunkett put together a 4.62 40-yard dash, a performance he states wasn't one of his best. However, Plunkett's explosiveness and lower body power were put on full display while putting together an impressive 10-foot standing broad jump.

"Unfortunately i have not been able to attend many camps/combines this summer. I did attend the Scout.com All-American combine at Rutgers in May and I recently attended the njvarsity.com Top 100 Premiere Showcase. I don't feel as though I put on my best performance at the Scout.com combine. This month I have regained power in my tweaked quadricep that I did not have at the combine and I have not run anything over a 4.49 forty since," stated Plunkett.

With the explosiveness exhibited in his broad jump and his continued improvement in the 40, recruiting interest in Plunkett is sure to start to increase.

Plunkett is currently receiving interest from a number of eastern schools, including Connecticut, Florida State, Rutgers, Iowa, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Pittsburgh. Besides receiving interest from the aforementioned schools, Plunkett would like to hear more from Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, and Florida. He currently lists offers from Towson Univ., Kent State, Lehigh, and Lafayette.

Though not listing any favorites at this time, Plunkett is looking for a combination of factors to help assist him in making a decision.

"When it comes to choosing a college many factors come into play. First, I would love to see a promise from the college that it will help me evolve into a respectable man. I would love to attend a college where the football team is like family. The college with the best combination is the one which would be favored and ideal to choose," said Plunkett.

In regards to Rutgers, Plunkett has significant interest and had nothing but good things to say.

"Coach Susan is recruiting me. He sent a couple hand written letters. In the letters he spoke as though he knew me, sharing informative statements concerning the upcomming season. He speaks passionately about football. I like Rutgers and the moves they are making as of late. I think they are definitely taking steps toward creating a more competitive team than in recent years. I am very interested in the program and I would like them to offer."

Some schools are recruiting Plunkett as a tailback while some are recruiting the Jersey product as a Safety.

"It's sort of split down the middle. Some schools like how I run the ball and create something out of nothing, while other schools admire the way I can mirror people and my physicalness and strength on defense. So half the schools recruiting me would like me to play running back at the next level while the other half sees me being more of a safety."

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com


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