Smith interested in Rutgers

Highland Park running back Nate Smith is enjoying a remarkable season, rushing for more than 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns so far. He is interested in Rutgers, and talks about why the Scarlet Knights have not offered him a scholarship. He also talks about his lone scholarship offer, and his season.

Highland Park (N.J.) High running back Nate Smith knows people are wondering why he isn't getting much attention from Rutgers despite being in the Scarlet Knights backyard.

The Scarlet Knights have been in touch with Highland Park coach Rich McGlynn – the two sides spoke earlier this month – but Smith knows he is not going to get an offer from his hometown school until something else happens.

"Probably when I get my GPA up,'' said Smith, who is working diligently in the classroom to do so. "It's going really well. I'm doing excellent right now. I'm just taking advantage of all my situations and everything I have available to me.''

Smith's recruitment is a hot topic among Rutgers faithful for two reasons:

First, he is the brother of former Rutgers tight end L.J. Smith, an NFL veteran who represents one of the few bright spots during former coach Terry Shea's tenure.

Second, he is putting together a crazy season. The 6-foot-220-pound Smith has 1,405 yards and 15 touchdowns on 131 carries for Highland Park, which is 4-2.

"Personally, it's going ok,'' Smith said. "I really want to go to states. All the stats don't mean anything to me as long as we get a win. We've got a great team, solid defense, and I think we can go a long way.''

Smith said his lone offer is from Temple, a school he camped at in the summer, but he is not close to committing. Temple and Rutgers are the schools he is hearing from the most. "I have an interest in Rutgers,'' he said. "I do.''

He talked to his brother about the recruiting process, and how to handle the interest from multiple schools.

"He said to keep a clear head and make a good decision, and don't let them pressure you too much,'' Nate Smith said. "He said, ‘The time will come for you to make a decision. ‘''


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