Jersey's Tabb Makes Second Trip to Rutgers

Rutgers was the first school to offer Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic High star Jack Tabb, so it only stands to reason he has already developed a strong bond with his state school. That offer came a month ago, and since then Tabb has seen his offers climb to double digits. Friday, the DE/TE made an unofficial visit to Rutgers, and afterward said the Scarlet Knights remain one of his top choices.

It's been about a months since Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic High's Jack Tabb burst onto the recruiting scene, and things have exploded.

But one consistency over the month is his fondness of Rutgers, which was the first school to offer him.

Friday, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Tabb, who could play either tight end or defensive end, made his second unofficial visit to Piscataway in less than a month, and this time his mother, Julie, joined him to tour the campus, get updated on the academic reputation of the school and hold a lengthy meeting with coach Greg Schiano.

"I got to see a little more of the campus, got to meet with dean (Carl) Kirschner and another person from academics,'' Tabb said. "Then, my mom and I got to sit down and talk to coach Schiano for about an hour or two.''

Much of the discussion focused on Rutgers' core values and its academic reputation. "Coach talked about their F.A.M.I.L.Y motto, Forget About Me, I Love You, and how he's going to be there. Not that it's a reason to choose a school, but he's going to be there.

"He turned down jobs at Miami and Michigan to be there. He said I'm a player they really want and I could excel there.''

Rutgers is recruiting Tabb as a tight end, and the Scarlet Knights have a reputation for sending tight ends to the NFL.

Tabb made seven catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, his first year of playing football in New Jersey. He sat out as a sophomore after moving from Indiana, but shows tremendous explosion off the line of scrimmage, good hands and incredible athleticism.

He double digit offers, including the one from Rutgers as well as Florida, Iowa and West Virginia.

"My mom really liked (the visit) because she's all about the academics, and Rutgers is going to be No. 1 in the APR,'' Tabb said. "She's really excited about that, and they have us a nice presentation about the school. She really liked it a lot.''

Tabb knew a few things about the Scarlet Knights from his April 24 visit, but this game him an in-depth look at many aspects of the school.

"A lot of things were new to me, like the alumni,'' Tabb said. "The founder of ESPN went to Rutgers. I want to be on ESPN. I want to be a broadcaster, so that was pretty interesting.''

Tabb said he already liked Rutgers before the visit. And now?

"It added a little more to it,'' he said. "Rutgers is definitely in my top seven. They were there from the beginning, and this kind of re-assured it.''

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