RU eyes 2011 Jersey Shore TE

Rutgers is in the market for a tight end for the class of 2011, and identified a Jersey Shore product as a potential future Scarlet Knight. The player is also hearing from a handful of other schools, and offers are sure to follow. The players talks about recruiting, where Rutgers fits in, and also who is contacting him. He also discusses his current high school season, and his play.

While Rutgers is still waiting to land a tight end for the 2010 class, it already has its sights on one in the 2011 class in Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) High junior Ryan Malleck.

And the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Malleck already knows a bit about Rutgers after camping there in the summer. The Scarlet Knights have also been in contact with Malleck's coach, Calvin Thompson.

"I talked to (Rutgers assistant) Joe Susan a few times and he contacts Calvin a lot and says they like me,'' Malleck said. "I would look at them, and my dad wants me to go somewhere close.''

Malleck admitted he grew up a Notre Dame fan, but he is open to any school. He attended Rutgers' season-opener against Cincinnati and was able to get a glimpse of the facilities.

"I really like the weight room a lot,'' said Malleck, who is yet to be offered by Rutgers. "I saw the campus and I like it a lot.''

Malleck said Rutgers, Temple, Boston College and Central Michigan are showing him the most interest, and Minnesota and Cincinnati recently called to verbalize their interest.

After starting the season with four straight losses, Point Pleasant Boro recorded its first win Friday, a 34-14 defeat of Holmdel, and Malleck played an integral role. He had an 11-yard touchdown reception and intercepted two passes in the win, and approximates making 20 catches this season.

"We're passing a lot, and I'm getting a lot of passes,'' Malleck said.

Malleck said he lines up at wide receiver in some formations and also in the slot, but he is most comfortable playing tight end.

"All the corners so far are 5-9 or 5-10,'' he said. "We run a fade route and they throw it up and I catch it.''


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