Recruitment picking up for Rutgers offeree

Rutgers stayed close to its campus to offer this rising class of 2011 defensive tackle, and so far the Scarlet Knights are the lone program to offer. However, several other BCS schools are recruiting him hard, and more offers are expected.

Rutgers is the only school to offer Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) defensive tackle Daryl Stephenson, but Bombers coach George Najjar sees plenty more coming.

West Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan State and TCU are also recruiting Stephenson.

"A lot of schools are looking at him and he's being heavily recruited, but he only has on the one offer at this time,'' Najjar said. "He's getting letters every day from schools. No one is else has offered him. Rutgers is his only offer at this point.''

Although Rutgers is only a few miles away from the high school, Stephenson isn't up-to-date on what is going on with the Scarlet Knights, other than discussions he has with Rutgers signee and Sayreville teammate David Milewski.

"I don't really know that much about them,'' Stephenson said. "I have talked to (Milewski) a little bit.''

The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Stephenson said his "speed rush'' was a key ingredient as to why he moved high on the class of 2011 list, and got an early offer from Rutgers.

He made 41 tackles, had 4 ½ sacks as a junior and intercepted two passes.

"He could be a dominant player for us on both sides of the line,'' Najjar said. "He's got the size, the feet and strength.''

It is uncertain what camps or combines Stephenson will attend because he is still in basketball season and is yet to establish a schedule.

"I think teams will start to pay attention to him now because he had a good junior season,'' Najjar said. "He got some recognition as a junior, and they're going to be on him early. If he goes to camps, it will only enhance his chances.''

But there are plenty of things Stephenson wants to improve upon in the offseason. "My weight and a little bit of my speed,'' Stephenson said. "I want to get to 290. I'll do cone drills, run on the track.''

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