Tartacoff Prepares for Senior Campaign

J.T. Tartacoff has spent his summer in preparation for what he hopes to be a highly successful senior football campaign. He is completely healthy and has the aspirations of a champion season. SOR caught up to him to see what he has been up to since his highly anticipated Rutgers commitment this past spring.

"I've been working out a lot this off-season. As a team we have been running 7-on-7's and really worked on the passing game. I'm running 3 times a week and lifting 5 times a week. I have even been doing some yoga to increase my speed as well as help prevent injury. I've been catching a lot of balls and lifting hard" said JT Tartacoff.

He continued, "We have a quad scrimmage tonight against Morristown, Howell, and Lawrence. We also have a scrimmage against Princeton on Friday which should be fun. We look pretty good this year and are really strong in a lot of places."

Tartacoff is a welcomed addition to the Scarlet Knights who have placed a premium on recruiting true playmakers. J.T. got the opportunity to get to know a couple of his future teammates at Rutgers camp where he and Jordan Thomas ran some of the fastest times there.

J.T. spoke on the relationships that he formed. "I got to hang out with guys like Jordan Thomas and Marcus Thompson. Both of those guys are studs. I didn't get to spend a lot of time with Marcus, but I did get to tell him a lot about the program and get to know him. They actually brought him out against the receivers and had him working with the DB's. He's a great athlete for a kid that size. He's a big kid with good hips and good lateral quickness."

He continued, "I actually got to spend a lot of time with Jordan. He is a great athlete with really good hands. We talked a lot and helped each other throughout camp. He's a real stud on the football field."

The Scarlet Knights apparently have plans to play Tartacoff in the slot and will give him the opportunity to return kicks as well. His explosive speed should help him at those positions. "I ran a 4.36 forty at my school's combine. We have our own combine at my school. I feel pretty fast and ready to play ball."

As for his current impressions of how the RU class of 2010 is shaping up, he said, "It feels great to know that I will be playing with such good players. They (the staff) are clearly aiming for more talent, better talent, and I am happy to be a part of it. Hopefully I get to talk to a few kids and tell them about how strong the Rutgers program is."

Tartacoff plans to attend The Cincinnati game at Rutgers Stadium next Monday and hopefully test out the new recruit lounge. He was also willing to share his predictions of the first game. "Rutgers is doing a really good job with all the new stuff and all. (As for the game) The players have been working real hard. They had a good spring, good summer and a good training camp… not to mention good players. I have a feeling everything will click against Cincy."

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