Rutgers Looking at Maryland Defensive End

Early in the recruiting process schools cast a wide net on prospects, and one of the players under Rutgers' watch is a defensive lineman from Maryland's Frederick County. He is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds and attended the Scarlet Knights' junior day last month. He also is hearing from several other Big East schools, as well as getting ACC interest.

Defensive end Sean Reaver had more than 60 tackles and eight sacks in leading Catoctin High (Thurmont, Md.) to its first state title, and several programs took notice of his playing ability.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Reaver is hearing from Rutgers, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and Connecticut. He is yet to receive an offer, but said "I think I might be close with West Virginia.''

Meanwhile, he has been on Rutgers' radar for quite some time.

Reaver attended Junior Day at Rutgers last month, and was able to get a better feel for the school.

"That was really good,'' Reaver said. "I got to see all their facilities, and got to talk to the coaches. The coaches are really nice. I really like it up there.''

Reaver splits time between defensive end and tight end at Catoctin, but interest from colleges is coming because his ability on the defensive side.

"I think I'm a really good pass rusher and I'm really quick off the ball,'' he said. "I think it's from a lot of hard work.''

Most of Reaver's interest is coming from schools within a few hours drive of his home, and that sits fine with him.

Although he is open to playing anywhere in the country, getting the opportunity to perform in front of family is important.

"I just want a good education, a really relaxed atmosphere, a good campus and football team,'' Reaver said. "I'd rather stay close, and that way my family can come see games, but if some school offers me a scholarship to go play, and I really like what they offer, then you have to do it.''

Reaver already is a member of the boy's basketball team, and in the spring he will ply a new athletic trade.

He will throw the shot put for Catoctin as a way of cross-training for his senior season.

"I talked to the coach and he really wants me to do it because we don't have any throwers,'' Reaver said. "I also want to work on my speed, and he said I can work out with the sprinters some days, and that's something I want to do.''

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