Jersey DT Poised to Commit to Rutgers?

Rutgers is still looking for its first commitment for the Class of 2011. Although several players talked about their fondness of the school and desire to commit in the near-future, none has made it official. A defensive tackle from New Jersey was at practice Monday, and afterward talked about being close to committing, and why. He also discussed why he likes Rutgers, and what it offers him.

Count Sayreville (Parlin, N.J.) High defensive tackle Daryl Stephenson as another likely member of Rutgers' class of 2011 who is close to committing to the Scarlet Knights, but is yet to make it official.

Stephenson made his second unofficial visit of the spring Monday. When asked if his recruitment was heading toward a Rutgers commitment, Stephenson made his intentions clear.

"I think, actually, I see it coming that way,'' the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Stephenson said. "I want to be next to my mom so she can watch me play and stuff.''

So, has Stephenson thought about committing?

"Kinda,'' said Stephenson, who explained why he has not. "I just want other colleges to give me offers. I really like going places. I've been talking to coaches from other schools. I've been hearing from Boston College.

"Boston College could be (offering) soon. They're looking at my transcripts.''

Stephenson's lone offer is from Rutgers. He made an unofficial visit March 25, which was before the Scarlet Knights practiced in full gear.

He returned to watch Tuesday's practice, and noticed the difference.

"I saw how hard they practiced. It was intense,'' Stephenson said. "I was watching all the defensive linemen doing their pass-rushing moves, and doing their technique.''

Two players – defensive end Jonathan Freeny and defensive tackle Scott Vallone – stood out to Stephenson.

"I liked Freeny's pass-rushing moves, his quickness,'' he said. "(Vallone), I like his strength.''

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