Checking in with Md.-based 2011 RU target

Rutgers has offered approximately two dozen players from the class of 2011, including this player from Maryland. He talks about Rutgers, his current focus and what he is looking for in a school. He has more than a half-dozen written offers, including the one from the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers is focusing plenty of energy on finishing the 2010 recruiting class with fervor, with a big weekend coming Dec. 4-6, but the Scarlet Knights coaching staff is also paying close attention to some of the elite players of the 2011 class.

One getting plenty of correspondence from the Scarlet Knights is Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) defensive lineman/tight end Vincent Croce, who already holds a Rutgers offer.

"I did get a couple of hand-written from Rutgers the other day,'' Croce said. "It's so early in the (process), I'm not really paying that much attention to it.''

That will change after the season, but now Croce is focused on the Washington (D.C.) Catholic League title game after the Falcons crushed Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) 35-6 in the semifinals. Our Lady of Good Counsel will play the winner of Saturday's game between DeMatha (Md.) Catholic and Gonzaga the title game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

"I'm very anxious,'' Croce said. "I can't wait. I want to be back at Navy and watch the clock tick to zero and be in the lead.''

Once the football season ends, Croce said he will rest his body – he tore meniscus in his left knee earlier this season – and focus more on recruiting.

So, which programs offered Croce?

"Maryland, Duke, Wisconsin, Rutgers,'' he said. "There's a few others, but I don't know. It's always in the back of my mind and people around school are asking, ‘Where are you going to school?' The thought is there, but I'm not going to worry about it.''

Croce also has written offers from Louisville, Michigan and Pittsburgh.

"People have asked me, ‘What are you looking for?' ‘'Croce said. "I want something that has my major. I want to get into business or into the medical field. It's two broad topics, but it's a direction.

"If there's a hospital nearby, maybe get an internship there, and so something in the medical field.''

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