Dwyer TE discusses Rutgers offer

Rutgers has offered a number of tight ends already in the 2011 class, and one who recently picked up a scholarship offer from the Scarlet Knights is Nick O'Leary. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Dwyer High (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) talked about his offer, and where the Scarlet Knights stack up among his 20 or so offers. He also reveals what he is looking for in a college program.

The offers are piling up for four-star Dwyer High (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) tight end Nick O'Leary, whose recently pulled one in from Rutgers.

And while his offer list includes the likes of Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Miami and South Carolina, he will not simply push aside the offer from the Scarlet Knights.

"Yeah, I'm very interested,'' the 6-foot-4, 230-pound O'Leary said. "I've got interest in everyone that's offered me right now. I've been getting letters from them a lot.''

O'Leary said he has approximately 20 offers, but he isn't putting any school above another one. "I'm treating everyone the same,'' O'Leary said. "Everyone is pretty much even.''

At least from the beginning, there is one school ahead of the others when it comes to O'Leary's knowledge.

His father, Bill, was a linebacker (and dabbled in tight end) for the Bulldogs during the Hershel Walker days. But the younger O'Leary said he wouldn't be basing his college choice on continuing a family lineage.

Instead, O'Leary plans to investigate how he would fit into an offense.

"I'm looking for a place they use their tight ends, and probably where I'll get the best education,'' said O'Leary, who is a balanced tight end. "I think I'm better at receiver, but I can block pretty well. I line up in the slot, I line up outside. I did one play in the backfield.''

If history plays a role, Rutgers can at least boast some tight end tradition. Marco Battaglia, L.J. Smith, Clark Harris and Kevin Brock each played tight end for the Scarlet Knights, and used it as a spring board to the NFL.

To Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who also holds a Rutgers offer, there is no one better at the position than O'Leary.

"To me, he's the No. 1 tight end in the country,'' Brissett said. "He's just a natural athlete. He can do it all. He can catch the ball, kick the ball, he can throw a little bit. His hands are so soft, and he can run.''

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