Rabasa familiar with Rutgers; offer close?

One of Anthony Rabasa's best friends is already a member of the Rutgers football team, so the Christopher Columbus High of Miami defensive end already knows plenty about the New Jersey school. Rabasa discusses his two offers, how close the Scarlet Knights are to offering, and what he is considering during the recruiting process.

One of Anthony Rabasa's best friends is Rutgers freshman offensive lineman Antwan Lowery.

So, as the recruiting intensifies for the Christopher Columbus High (Miami) defensive end, one thing working in Rutgers' favor is Rabasa's extensive knowledge of the Scarlet Knights program.

"I know a lot about Rutgers,'' the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Rabasa said. "I actually went up with Antwan last year and was able to watch their spring game, and get a look at the school and all the football facilities. So, it was pretty cool.

"I'll definitely look at Rutgers. Having two of my really good friends (Antwan and Antonio Lowery) -- actually Antwan and I are very close -- being up there, it's a really cool thing. Rutgers is definitely on my list of schools I could go to.''

Rabasa holds offers from Florida State and Miami, but he believes others are coming, including one from the Scarlet Knights.

"I talked to Florida, and I think they're going to offer soon,'' he said. "Tennessee, Rutgers, Michigan, Cincinnati -- I think they all will. I'm interested in all the schools. Obviously, I don't mind going out of state. I want to get my offers in and see what options are out there.''

Right now, Rabasa is focusing much of his attention on the two schools from which he holds offers.

"Very exciting offers,'' he said. "It's something I've been looking forward to, and now that I finally have it, I can start planning ahead and see what decision I make for schools already. Hopefully, this will bring in a lot more offers now that I have these two.''

Rabasa brings speed and agility to the defensive end position. He recorded more than 80 tackles, including 10 sacks, as a Christopher Columbus went 9-2.

"I think I get to the quarterback pretty easily,'' Rabasa said. "I've kind of made it a habit. My change of direction, once the ball is handed off to a running back, I think is pretty good. Coaches tell me when they watch my game film, those are all the things they see in me.''

When it comes to college, Rabasa is eying early playing time.

"I'm looking to come in as a freshman and making some kind of impact, the ability of the school, and look at the campus, and everything else,'' he said. "If I came in as a freshman and red-shirted and then could play a lot as (a red-shirt freshman), I wouldn't mind doing that. It all depends on what school I go to, and how I feel.''

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