Three-star OL ready for early enrollment

Rutgers looks to have two offensive linemen enrolling later this month, which should give each a head start toward earning playing time in the 2010 season. The latest player to talk about it said discussions with the coaching staff recently indicate he will play guard rather than center. Also, find out what colleges came by to check on the security of his commitment to Rutgers.

Every day Rutgers commit Betim Bujari looks outside, he is reminded of the 30-14 loss to Cedar Grove in the North Jersey Section 2, Group 1 title game. It was Secaucus High's only defeat.

"For it to come down to that ending, that one loss we had in the state championship, it sucks,'' the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Bujari said. "I don't think I'm ever getting over that, especially since I live right here. I'm looking at Giants Stadium. It's right across the river from me. It's my backyard.''

But Bujari got a chuckle when reminded he would get a chance to play in the Meadowlands soon enough. The Scarlet Knights' will host Army on Oct. 16 at the new stadium, which is adjacent to Giants Stadium.

Given Bujari's plan to enroll at Rutgers later this month, which means he will participate in spring practice, the opportunity exists for him to become an immediate factor on the offensive line.

"That is tight,'' Bujari said. "I'll get my revenge back. Gotta win in that thing.'' Previously, Hamilton West lineman and Scarlet Knights commit Frank Quartucci said he would enroll at Rutgers this month.

"I have everything done, SAT scores and everything,'' Bujari said. "Now, I just have to take these finals and I should be ready to go. I'm excited. It's coming fast.''

Bujari said he is being told he will play either center or guard, although lately, more of the discussion is about playing guard.

One thing for sure, though, his days of roaming the field as a hulking middle linebacker are over. He played there for Secaucus and had a stellar defensive season, finishing with 91 tackles, five sacks and an interception.

"I think some of the teams would change their call when they saw me moving around on defense,'' Bujarii said. "Middle linebacker was awesome. I loved that, but that isn't my spot in college.''

Bujari committed to Rutgers more than 13 months ago, so his recruitment was always low key. However, his strong senior season made some college recruiters stop by the Secaucus campus to see if he was wavering on his school choice.

"A lot of coaches came by, like Miami, Penn State, Notre Dame,'' Bujari said. "Not the head coaches, but the offensive line coaches.

"They respected that fact that I committed, so they just left their information and told me if I ever changed my mind -- they told me crazy stuff happens in recruiting -- to give them a call. But I'm pretty happy with my commitment right now.''

Now Bujari is looking forward to getting acquainted with Rutgers strength and conditioning coach Jay Butler.

"They're going to train me well,'' Bujari said. "I've never had anyone tell me what to do, like the right things. Everything I've been doing is pretty much on my own. With him there, it's going to be a huge boost.''


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