Te Pulls Trigger, Will Don Scarlet

San San Te, the 5' 11" and 160-pounder by way of Hickory HS (Hickory, NC) has pulled the trigger in favor of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Te took an unofficial visit to the Big East school last weekend, came away very impressed and decided to end his recruitment in favor of the Garden State school.

"Yes, I committed to Rutgers today," stated San San Te, one of the top kickers in the nation according to Chris Sailer of Chris Sailer Kicking.

Te took in an unofficial visit to Rutgers last weekend, making the trek up to New Jersey with his family. He had plenty of opportunity to see the campus, tour the facilities and meet with coaches and players.

"It was an unofficial visit," stated Te, in reference to last week's trip to the Garden State. "I came in for an unofficial on Saturday and we had the opportunity to see the campus and all that good stuff. After that it was the UConn game and afterwards I met with Coach Schiano who offered me a full ride."

"My family loved it. They loved the energy of the place, the energy of all the coaches and they're really happy with Rutgers."

"I called them [Rutgers] earlier and I told them that I talked to my parents about it and that they said it was on my shoulders. I told Coach Schiano that I felt that I could do well there and that I wanted to commit."

"This is where I want to be," continued Te.

And thus ends all speculation about the direction Rutgers may head toward after the Jeremy Ito era ends on The Banks post-2007. In short, the San San Te era will begin.

Though Te was on hand during a game week he did have a chance to meet the highly decorated - and Lou Groza Finalist - Rutgers specialist Jeremy Ito, during his trip. "I got a chance to meet with him. I had already met him at Chris Sailor's camp so this wasn't the first time. He is a great kicker, and he just has amazing accuracy, especially when he does it in the clutch. I'm really looking forward to kicking under him and learning from him next year."

Pulling in a kicker of Te's credentials, especially considering his hometown location - hardly a Rutgers Football recruiting hotbed - should be no surprise to fans. As the Rutgers Football team continues its relentless surge into the national football spotlight, prospects across the country will begin to sense a feeling of intrigue about the Big East school. Certainly, Te - who had interest from Arizona State, North Carolina, North Carolina State South Carolina - and his family have noticed.

"I think their [Rutgers Football] success is just great. Coach Schiano has done an amazing job there. I'm just very excited about Rutgers and the whole program."

Te, who will have ample time to think about a possible major while on The Banks is considering Engineering as a field of study. The Hickory HS standout, who has an important game to conclude the regular season this evening is averaging 40-yards per punt on the year, led the conference in FGs made last year (including a long of 46-yards) and is routinely sending kickoffs 8-yards deep into the endzone this year.

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com

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