Muldrow: " They will definitely ..."

Richard Muldrow (6-foot-6 and 295-pounds) will have a number of scholarship offers to choose from but he has only recently begun focusing on his recruitment more. One of the schools that has caught the big man's attention is the state school that borders his own home state - Rutgers.

Richard Muldrow, by way of William Penn SHS (York, PA), took an unofficial visit this past weekend with his father to take a closer look at the resurgent Rutgers Football program. Muldrow had an opportunity to meet with and talk to several of the Scarlet Knight Coaches as well as catch RU's game against Connecticut.

"The game was good. The Rutgers defense and special teams really stepped up in the fourth quarter of that game. It was a very nice atmosphere and it seemed very family oriented," stated Muldrow when recapping parts of last week's trip to Piscataway.

"We've [Mr. Muldrow and Richard] liked them [Rutgers] since we went there for Junior Day. Coach Schiano has obviously turned that program around and I really think he's one of the best coaches out there."

Besides his glowing remarks about Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano, Muldrow had positive things to say about his primary recruiter for Rutgers, Coach Robert Jackson, and DB Coach Chris Demarest.

Muldrow hasn't yet narrowed down his selection of choices and his list remains rather lengthy and includes (in no particular order): Penn State, West Virginia, Boston College, Illinois, Auburn, Cincinnatti, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Rutgers. Despite the abundance of choices, Muldrow did offer the following: "If I had a Top 5, they [Rutgers] would be there." Additionally, Muldrow added that Rutgers would certainly receive one of his five allotted official visits: "They will definitely get one".

Muldrow's current focus remains on his high school squad, which includes a district game this Friday. As a result, the focus on recruitment has not been a primary issue to date. However, there are certain characteristics that schools must meet for Muldrow to reciprocate a strong consideration. "Academics are the number one thing," said Muldrow, while also referencing the advantage that Rutgers retains due to its proximity to New York and prime geographical location in relation to the working world. "Facilities are also very important. What the dorms are like, what the surrounding campus is like. Coaching, the coaching staff and their honesty and how they treat you are very important," continued Muldrow. And lastly, "the players and how they get along with each other."

With the Connecticut game behind the Scarlet Knights, fans, media and high school recruits all have their eyes set on the next Big East clash, yet another match-up of undefeateds that will take the national spotlight this upcoming Thursday night.

SOR asked Muldrow what he expected out of the feature Thursday night contest.

"I expect to see two teams coming out and literally trying to kill each other. I expect Rutgers to come out with Ray Rice and run the ball and I expect the Louisville offense to come out throwing."

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com


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