Muldrow next to Commit to Rutgers

Richard Muldrow, a 6'7 310 lb offensive tackle from York, PA has committed to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Muldrow, who had already visited West Virginia and Rutgers, was supposed to trip to Penn State in two weeks. Does his commitment to the rising power change his plans at all?

Richard Muldrow, a 6'7" 310 lb offensive tackle from York, PA has committed to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Muldrow, who had already visited West Virginia and Rutgers, was supposed to trip to Penn State in two weeks, but has decided against taking that trip. "I have been to Penn State a bunch of times. I was there for their spring game, the junior day, for the Michigan game. I have seen enough of Penn State and I know where I want to be." 

After watching Anthony Davis commit this afternoon in the US All-American game, Muldrow decided to end his recruitment and pull the trigger. "Once AD committed, I felt like I had to be the next one to pledge to the program. I discussed it one last time with my family, and decided to call the coaches and commit. To me, the program feels like family.  I feel at home there.  I have been leaning strongly in that direction since the Louisville game."

Besides the family atmosphere, Muldrow expressed a strong trust in the Rutgers coaches from a football standpoint. "Rutgers just has an explosive and exciting offense. And in my discussions with Coach Flood, he stressed how important a strong offensive line is to the success of the team. Coach Flood is a great coach and I feel confident he will best utilize my abilities. Plus this spring, we had a meeting with Coach Schiano and he brought in what he felt were the top 25 kids in the area. He felt that if he could land that caliber of player, that he could begin building a dynasty. That Rutgers would be a force for years to come."

While Muldrow expects a red-shirt year, the coaching staff want him to approach the situation as if he were fighting for a starting job. "I personally feel that I would benefit from a redshirt year. Most freshman OL need a year to develop strength and get used to the system. If I were a skill position player, I would probably feel differently. But they tell me to come in and expect to play. So I am just going to work very hard and we will see what happens."

And Muldrow has been working very hard to get in shape to play next year. "I lost 20 lbs of body fat with training and eating right. I have been busting my tail and changing my body. Plus basketball is helping me work on my foot work and intensity. Last week, we had a tournament game where I scored 21 points and had 30 rebounds. And putting up those numbers had to do with my improved conditioning."

While Rutgers had a great season, he believes the future is even brighter for the program. "They lost two games this year, and they are a developing program, yet they probably should have won both games. I just  want to continue to help turn this program around and further establish it as a solid program."

And the proximity to home and NYC also had great appeal. "The school is only about 3-hours from home. And it is also near the biggest media market in the world. There are so many advantages in terms of football exposure and non-football related things in being so close to New York City. I just loved it there."

Lastly, Muldrow is fully qualified. This is another great get for the Rutgers program.


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