New Jersey OL getting Rutgers offer

The offensive tackle from one of New Jersey's power schools is getting a written Rutgers in the next few days. He was told it was already mailed out, and will give him offers from three Big East schools. Find out what he has to say about the Scarlet Knights, other schools he likes, and when he plans on taking an unofficial trip to the Rutgers campus.

If the impending snow storm doesn't wreak havoc with the courier system, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) offensive tackle Keith Lumpkin will be getting his written offer from Rutgers within the next 24 hours.

Oh, and that is for football.

The 6-foot-9, 265-pound Lumpkin is also garnering significant interest on the basketball court. Although he may be leaning toward playing football in college, he is yet to make a decision.

"I'm not sure. It's a tough decision,'' said Lumpkin who will pare back his AAU hoops schedule this offseason. "I'm just going to go to a few tournaments, just the ones where they truly need me.''

Despite playing less than 30 miles from Rutgers Stadium, and despite several trips to the Rutgers Athletic Center to watch and play games, Lumpkin has never been to the football side.

"After basketball, I was going to come down and see the football stuff,'' Lumpkin said. "I haven't seen the football facilities.''

Lumpkin already had offers from West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Duke. If he eschews AAU ball for the football camp circuit, recruitment could soar.

"I don't have a favorite, but I was looking at South Carolina, Miami, South Florida,'' Lumpkin said. "I'm not really sure (about Rutgers). I have to be on campus and see how it really is.''

With Lumpkin's size and athleticism, he will be a prototypical left tackle if he can add weight. St. Peter's Prep coach Rich Hansen said the goal is for Lumpkin to enter the season weighing 280 pounds.

"The sky is the limit,'' Hansen said. "He's got long arms. He's got good feet. He's a good athlete. He pass protects well, and that is usually something that comes harder for young linemen. He really could be a terrific player.''

Hansen also has a simple reason for why Lumpkin could excel protecting a quarterback's blind side in college.

"Because of his athleticism,'' Hansen said. "Those guys are bigger and faster at that level. The SEC defensive ends, the Big East defensive ends, you've got to go to South Florida and play those guys, Cincinnati has had those style players, and Rutgers has had great players that are fast, edge guys .The more athletic they get, the more athletic offensive tackles are going to need to be.''

But there is one part of Lumpkin's game in need of improvement, although it is hard to fault him on it.

"He's a good kid. Sometimes he's too good of a kid,'' Hansen said. "He needs to develop that edge, play with that edge a little bit more consistently, but it's never a physical issue, or anything like that.

"If he can develop that edge consistently, I think he's got, physically, all the tools to be a terrific tackle.''


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