Focus 2009: J.T. Tartacoff

Montgomery H.S (NJ) is not known for producing a wealth of Division I-A prospects. However, that all may quickly change with the arrival of a still relatively unknown prospect that first shined on the big stage and turned heads at the Rutgers Football Camp this past June - J.T. Tartacoff. Come and get to know what this rising junior has to offer.

When talking about sports some people might argue that the letter "P" is the worst letter in the alphabet, simply because people have actually lost their job chasing the "P"otential of a prospect. In the 2010 recruiting class one athlete colleges will be in hot pursuit of is Julian Tartacoff a very talented player from Montgomery High School in Princeton New Jersey.

Because of Julian Tartacoff's youth his coaches are still trying to discover how to use him. Last year Tartacoff played some wide-receiver, where he accounted for 19 pass receptions for 177 yards and 1 touchdown. This year the coaches plan to tap into his enormous "P"otential and try to find ways to get the 5' 11" 175 pound blur into the open field.

Tartacoff, also known as J.T., posted a very impressive forty time of 4.38 at the recent Rutgers camp in July - easily one of the top times of all in attendance. He credited the Rutgers camp for opening his eyes in regards to football, the type of national talent out there, and allowing him to gauge how he stacks up against some of these better players. Going into that camp Tartacoss thought he knew football, but soon learned he had a long way to go. He feels he learned an abundance of things and he plans on using these new techniques this year at Montgomery High School.

Last year, Tartacoff started out playing with the sophomore group but finished with the seniors, a testament to they way he picked things up. He feels the system run at Montgomery High school is set up for him to have a big year: 1000 yards receiving with 600 yards on the ground and a total of 14 touchdowns is not out of the question in his estimation.

One of Tartacoff' main goals is to improve on last year's 3-7 team record. With a more seasoned team this year Tartacoff is intent on helping his squad win the Sky Land Conference and possibly a state championship.

The young Garden Stater's athletic abilities are not limited to the gridiron as evidenced by his letters from U.C.L.A., a school in regular contact with him. They are attempting to lure him to the west coast with the hope of making him (and his .356 average, with 2 home runs, 18 RBIs, 19 stolen bases and 12 scored runs) the center field centerpiece of their future.

Tartacoff, given how early in the recruiting process it is, has not paid much thought to his future collegiate destination but has been hearing from his top two current choices: Rutgers, who his parents love and he feels comfortable at, and Penn State. Two of his cousins are currently at Happy Valley right now and a number of additional relatives also live in the central PA region. Additionally, Stanford will receive heavy interest because of their superior combination of academics, baseball, and football. Lastly, Virginia is a school under consideration due to their high academic standards.

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