McEvoy Visits Rutgers

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) athlete Tanner McEvoy is one of the high-profile recruits in the state, and has held an offer from Rutgers since the fall. The 6-foot-6 McEvoy's latest trip to Rutgers came Thursday when he attended practice, and afterward he met with coach Greg Schiano. McEvoy talks about his familiarity with Rutgers, his time frame and what he wanted to see at practice.

Tanner McEvoy knows enough about Rutgers by now he doesn't need to go on fact-finding missions to learn the nuances of the school.

He's been to a few practices, including Thursday's, has built a good relationship with coach Greg Schiano and knows more about the inner workings of the school more than almost anyone else on the Scarlet Knights' 2011 recruiting board since his brother, Colin, is a walk-on linebacker.

But in case anyone wondered if the 6-foot-6 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) star had a high interest in Rutgers, it should be cleared up with his decision to attend the second practice of the spring session.

McEvoy spent time with the coaching staff talking about "football and those types of things" after practice.

"I talked to the receivers coach (P.J. Fleck), the offensive coordinator and coach Schiano,'' McEvoy said. "It was nice to really sit and talk to them. I wanted to see the team, see how they practice. A lot of players left from last year, so it's fun to sit and watch that, and see the new players, and (quarterback Tom) Savage, and see how he is going. It was just fun to be out there.''

McEvoy had a close look at the position drills, which also gave an indication where his future lies if he heads to Rutgers.

Some schools talk about him playing safety, and this season McEvoy will play quarterback at Bergen Catholic. He previously played receiver with the Crusaders, and he spent the day at practice watching the Scarlet Knights' receiving corps.

"The size and speed really sticks out,'' McEvoy said. "And at Rutgers, if you hear the whistle, you're moving. There's no time to really stop for a second, so that's a lot different than high school.''

McEvoy also has a different mindset when he watches the Scarlet Knights practice compared to other schools.

"I've been to a couple of Rutgers' practices, so it's watch and see,'' he said. "And I know the coaches and stuff, but with other coaches it's much more of a learning experience, I would say.''

McEvoy will visit other schools for spring practice, but he said he is still trying to build his schedule.

He holds offers from the Scarlet Knights, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Duke, Boston College, North Carolina State, Miami, Maryland, Pittsburgh and North Carolina, but he isn't close to making a decision, which is understandable. If he has a big senior season as a quarterback, it could change the landscape of his recruitment.

"Everyone is still an option,'' McEvoy said. "I'm not putting anyone off, and not putting anyone above the rest. I just have to see what happens, and I'm leaning toward a last-second decision. My best guess is (the decision will come ) after the season, but who knows?''


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