Visit to RU Nets Larrow His Second Offer

Defensive end Mike Larrow out of Union Senior High School took a visit to Rutgers on Saturday to watch the Scarlet Knights during one of their spring practices. He entered Piscataway with just one offer from Syracuse, but left with another.

"After [Rutgers] scrimmaged, we went inside and had some pizza and each prospect had a one on one with [Head Coach Greg] Schiano in his office," Larrow said about his visit. "It was then when he gave me an offer."

Larrow feels comfortable around Schiano and even said his mother likes the 2006 Big East Coach of the Year.

Rutgers is close to home, which is a plus to Larrow, and he also has quite a few family ties there. The football team is continuing to get better he said and he feels just right with the coaching staff.

"Three of my close cousins went there," he said. "My cousin's husband works in Admissions, and I know one of the professors. A lot of people from home go there.

"It's a program that's getting way better. It's a good school and I'm real comfortable with the coaches."

Right now, the Knights and the Orange are the two schools Larrow favors.

"They offered me and that's the most interest you can show somebody," he said.

To Larrow, all Division-I schools offer a good academic program and it's just a matter of what you prefer to study after high school. He's interested in forensics or some form of science resembling it. How the team looks will play a big role in his decision along with if he will get some playing time.

"Where they will be when I get there and how good they will be during my four years with who they bring in," he said. "Also, if I can get a chance to play. I don't mind red shirting, but I don't want to sit the bench for four years."

The decision will be made hopefully before his senior year, Larrow said.

Connecticut and Minnesota are also going after the junior defensive end and a couple of other schools are waiting until he goes to its camps. This Saturday he will be taking a visit to see the Huskies and might be attending the spring games of Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia.

While not a lot his known about Larrow, he put himself on the map with a big junior year registering 55 tackles and 10 sacks earning him Second Team All-Conference.

Head Coach and former Rutgers linebacker Brian Sheridan said what makes the 6-foot-3 258 pound defensive end a special player is his intensity on every snap and a motor that's constantly running.

"The presence he brings to each play," Sheridan said about his All-Conference defensive end. "He's a big athlete at defensive end and a real physical force."

The best is yet to come from Larrow according to Sheridan, and he's becoming a complete person, which will make him an asset to whatever program he plays for.

"He has so much potential and is continuing to grow," Sheridan said. "He's starting to learn what it takes to be successful: successfully, on the field and in the classroom."

While there's been some talk of moving him to lineman, Sheridan said he would be better as a defensive end. He could see Larrow putting on some weight and becoming an interior lineman though.

It was a learning process to start the season for the Union, N.J. native with a new coach, but he eventually learned the system and will only continue to progress as a senior.

"Around week four things started to click for him," Sheridan said. "Once he got comfortable, he got better and we expect big things from him next year."

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