N.Y. linebacker: "I love Rutgers"

A linebacker who is committed to another Big East school said "I love Rutgers," and a month ago he said he was ready to commit to the Scarlet Knights. His feelings for Rutgers hasn't changed, but his recruiting was moved to the backburner while the final month of his season played out.

Malcolm Cater's senior season came to a crushing end, so now the Riverhead (N.Y) High middle linebacker is hoping to finalize his college choice in the coming weeks.

Although he committed to Syracuse in the summer, he is now leaning heavily toward Rutgers, and a month ago said he was on the verge of committing.

Since then he has backed off a tiny bit, but still shows his affinity for the Scarlet Knights.

"I love Rutgers,'' said Cater, who holds an offer from the Scarlet Knights. "I saw them play South Florida. They are a really good school. I talk to (assistant coach) Kyle Flood all the time. I'm very interested in the school.''

Cater is working out details to make an official visit to Rutgers for the Dec. 5 game against West Virginia, and is planning an official visit to Syracuse the following weekend.

"After I visit both schools, I'm going to (commit),'' Cater said. "I really like Rutgers.''

However, sources told ScarletReport.com folks close to Cater are pushing him toward Syracuse. He said West Virginia is also showing him interest.

Cater's focus now is on playing in a Long Island all-star game this week, but he still has memories of a season-ending 3-0 upset loss to East Islip (N.Y.) on Nov. 14 in the semifinals of the Suffolk County Division II playoffs.

The game, played in miserable weather conditions, was decided on Sean Moller's 34-yard field goal as time expired.

"It broke everybody's heart,'' Cater said. "There were. 4.3 seconds left, it was raining, and it was the nastiest game you can think of -- mud, head to toe. It was terrible conditions. We were running on a swamp field.

"We tried to scare he kicker with a timeout and we did that. I went for the block, came through the middle, and he kicked it so far. It was beautiful. All you could say is, Season over.' ''

Cater said it took him a few days to get over the loss, both mentally and physically.

"I was actually sore after that game,'' he said. "It's heart-breaking. I said to everybody, you can't cry over spilled milk. Hopefully, I will be able to continue playing in college.''

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