Injuries were a big part of Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) safety Shutang Mungwa's season, and may have curtailed the junior's recruitment a bit, but he is taking a mature approach to the process.
Mungwa, one of three Bergen Catholic players invited to attend Rutgers' junior day, said he will be on the campus for the Jan. 16 event.
"I'm not really that into the (recruiting process) as some people might be,'' Mungwa said. "I'm just focused on next season, and winning a state championship. I know if I'm successful next year, all the recruiting will come.''
To whet the appetite of recruiters, Mungwa plans on making the rounds during the spring and summer camp circuit.
But before deciding on camps, Mungwa wants to make sure his 6-foot-1, 185-pound body is physically ready to impress.
"I plan to be pro-active in (going to camps),'' Mungwa said. "I plan to go out and attend a bunch of camps. I feel like this offseason I'm going to work myself into shape were I'm confident enough to start going to these camps and showing these recruiters what I can do.
"Health has always been an issue for me, so I feel like this offseason I'm finally fully healthy, and I can be in the best shape that I've ever been in during my high school career.''
Mungwa made 44 tackles and had two interceptions for the Crusaders playing as a strong safety, his position of preference. But a position change could take place in college
"Right now I'm definitely a safety,'' Mungwa said. "If I can bulk up, they'll probably move me down (to linebacker). I'm just guessing safety right now. I prefer strong because I like to be in the box.''
Mungwa doesn't have a favorite in the recruiting process, but he does like a few schools for another reason.
"LSU and Virginia Tech are my two favorite teams because I like their safeties,'' he said. Bergen Catholic's Tanner McEvoy, who already holds a Rutgers offer, and Cameron Dickerson were also invited to the Scarlet Knights' junior day.