Tartacoff holds one, but more likely to come

For two years SOR has been praising the abilities of youngster JT Tartacoff by way of Montgomery HS (Skillman, NJ). One of the top overall players in the Garden State for next year's class, Tartacoff's recruitment has picked up steam, and indeed, the Junior's first Junior-day visit resulted in his initial scholarship offer.

"I had been talking to a lot of the Rutgers coaches [before Junior day], with Coach Frazier who's my recruiting coach, but I can't say that I was really expecting an offer because there are so many great players in the state [of New Jersey] and in the country," stated JT Tartacoff, in reference to his thoughts prior to his initial Junior day visit.

"It really was an honor to be offered by them."

"I went to Rutgers with my mother and father. The visit completely changed my perspective on Rutgers. It is so much different being a member of the football team, and we had an opportunity to learn that Rutgers' academics are not some nonchalant college prep program. Their main focus is to make sure that after you're finished you have an opportunity to do something, to make a difference in society," continued Tartacoff.

The highlight of the visit for the Garden State speedster, who was recently clocked at a 4.48-second electronic in the 40-yard dash [Army All-America Combine], was the face to face meeting between his parents, himself, and Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano.

"It was amazing," said Tartacoff of the meeting. "He took me and my parents into his office. We talked about many things, about what I would want to do with football, about what I would want to do after football. And then right in the middle of it, he extends a piece of paper and he says 'By the way, I am offering you a scholarship'.

"My parents were elated and I was very happy. It's always been a dream of mine to play Division-I football and knowing that Rutgers believes in me is very important."

Tartacoff, who states that he has already developed an off the field bond with several Scarlet Knights (e.g., Sanu, Larrow) is being recruited by Rutgers as an offensive player.

"They're recruiting me as a slot-type player. Kickoffs, specials also. It's all the stuff that I do now and they are all things that I would love to do in college, so what could be better than that."

With the calendar still, more or less, pointing to the mid of winter, recruiting for one of Jersey's finest will only continue to heat up. It's going to be a busy schedule for the rising Junior over the next several weeks, with Junior day visits slated for Duke (this upcoming weekend), Connecticut (the following weekend), and Penn State afterwards.

Despite being fully aware that his recruitment is only now garnering serious momentum, and that many more offers are likely headed his way, Tartacoff readily admits his feelings for his state school.

"I really like Rutgers right now. I like what they've been doing to the program, where they are going and I really like Coach Schiano a lot."

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