2011 NJ WR talks Rutgers, recruitment

One of the top receivers in New Jersey's class of 2011 already has three offers, including one from Rutgers. He spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, the start of his season and a recruiting letter he received that made an impression. The player also talks about his many unofficial visits to Rutgers, and his familiarity with the Scarlet Knights.

After bursting onto the prep scene with 31 catches as a sophomore for Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), class of 2011 receiver Tanner McEvoy's recruitment shot up in a hurry.

Now, with the Crusaders relying more on the running game this season, the Crusaders are finding other ways to get the ball in McEvoy's hands.

The Rutgers target has 10 catches for 87 yards and three touchdowns through four games (3-1) as the Crusaders look to another Rutgers target, class of 2010 linebacker/running back Doug Rigg, to carry the ball.

So, as a way to increase McEvoy's touches, he added punt returns to his arsenal. He is averaging 20 yards on six returns.

"We're not really throwing the ball as much as last year and the stats aren't going up,'' McEvoy said. ‘I'm returning punts. I'm doing that. We have a couple screens in there as well.''

The 6-foot-6 McEvoy holds offers from Rutgers, Miami and Duke, but a bundle more are expected to roll in. He said he is getting letters on a daily basis, but hasn't given much thought to his college destination.

"I have no idea,'' McEvoy said. "Not even location.''

Of course, McEvoy is familiar with the Scarlet Knights. His brother, Colin, is a junior linebacker at Rutgers, and he's been to the Piscataway campus plenty of times.

And one of the perks of having a brother on the team as well as being a recruit is having a choice where to sit for games – family section or recruit section.

"I've been to most of their games and I've been watching Rutgers for two or three years,'' McEvoy said. "Last time I did the recruit thing. The seats are little better with the recruiting. The recruits are at the 50-yard line. My dad comes and sits with me.''

McEvoy and his Bergen Catholic teammates went to Boston College's camp in the summer, and he also camped for a day at Rutgers.

As for his offers, McEvoy said, "The Miami one was kind of a shock. I've never really talked to them.''

And when it comes to letters, McEvoy said he remembers one more than any other.

"UCLA sent me one in the beginning of the season,'' he said." That was first hand-written one sent to me.''


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