Tight End to Visit Rutgers

As players travel to Piscataway for this weekend's BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, some are planning on stopping by Rutgers before the competition to check out the facilities and perhaps meet with some coaches. One such player is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound tight end, who said he plans on speaking with assistant coach Phil Galiano.

Providing travel through the latest winter storm to slam New Jersey isn't a deterrent, William Penn High (New Castle, Del.) tight end Kyle Carter will unofficially visit Rutgers on Friday and meet with new tight ends coach Phil Galiano.

Carter, who is 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, will be on the Rutgers campus this weekend for the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics. And since the Scarlet Knights are showing him the most attention, he is using the opportunity to check out the program he said leads in his recruitment.

"They said they were really interested in me, and I talked to the new coach (Galiano), and he said my highlight tape got a good grade,'' said Carter, who will attend Rutgers' camp June 27-30. "I'm hoping after I go to camp this summer, then they'll offer me. I want to show them in person what I can do, and let them see me in action.''

Carter is also being recruited by Maryland, Boston College, Virginia, Connecticut, Temple and Delaware, but there is a reason he lists the Scarlet Knights as a favorite.

Carter built a strong relationship with his previous recruiting coach, Joe Susan, who left Rutgers last month to become Bucknell's head coach.

"They've been showing me the most love,'' Carter said. "Coach (Greg) Schiano came to the school in a helicopter (in January). Coach Susan had been coming to my school a lot, and they invited me to their junior day, and this Friday I'm going to meet with the new tight end coach.

"That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I know that doesn't happen to a lot of kids. I just took in the moment and am thankful for it.''

Galiano has stepped in and Carter is feeling a good vibe.

"I talked to him on the phone a couple of times. He seems like a nice guy,'' Carter said. "They say they like my height, my hands. That's what he told me from my tape. He said he wants me to work harder off the field right now. That's why I'm working hard in the weight room.''

Carter's goal is to add 20 pounds before the start of his senior season.

Before then, Carter plans to attend the National Underclassmen Combine, the Nike camp at Penn State and attend one-day camps at Temple and Maryland.

And while the Scarlet Knights are his favorite, the Terps could move to the forefront if their pursuit increases.

"Maryland has always been my dream school,'' said Carter, whose cousin will play basketball there next season. "We've both always talked about how we wanted to go there, and I've been there for the spring game, and I've been there on a couple of different occasions and I really like it.''

There is also a reason Carter will be attending this weekend's 7-on-7, which pits states vs. states.

"I'm just hoping to get some good competition and to help put Delaware on the map,'' he said. "I heard you can get some great exposure out of this camp, so I'm doing it to just boost my stock.''

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