Rutgers Lands Calif. Long-Snapper for 2010

Rutgers was searching for a long-snapper to replace Andrew DePaola, and perhaps it found one when Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High's Rob Horrell accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on. He will enter Rutgers in June and will compete for the starting long-snapper position when training camp begins in August. Horrell explains his decision, and whether earnign a scholarship is a possibility.

Rutgers' springtime search for a long snapper netted a candidate for the upcoming season when Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High's Rob Horrell decided to walk-on and try to win the starting job this fall.

Horrell, who officially visited Rutgers in late April, informed the coaching staff of his decision Saturday.

"I'm going to be a preferred walk-on and go in there in the summer,'' Horrell said. "I'm going there June 24 or June 25. They showed me the most interest in me. They brought me up on an official visit, and it seemed like the best fit for me.''

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Horrell was one of the top long snappers at the Chris Sailer kicking camp, working under long snapper Chris Rubio. He is listed as the fourth-best long-snapping prospect in the 2010 class by Sailer and Rubio.

"I plan on going in there in the summer and proving myself to the coaches and try to win the starting position,'' Horrell said. "Hopefully, I'll get rewarded my sophomore year with a scholarship.''

After Horrell's visit for the spring game, he told he was hoping to get a scholarship offer. If one didn't materialize, he was going to take the junior college route to try and earn one.

However, after speaking to his parents and Rubio, Horrell decided to attend Rutgers as a walk-on with the intention of earning a scholarship.

"Chris Rubio told me a walk-on may be a better deal than going to a JC for a year,'' Horrell said. "He said this would be a better chance of getting a scholarship because if I got to a JC, the window could be a lot smaller than it is now. It made the most sense to me and my family."

One of the reasons Horrell originally said he would look toward the junior college ranks if he didn't get a scholarship offer was the expense of it.

"I applied for a couple loans,'' Horrell said. "It is going to be tough for my family, but that's the risk we're willing to take if it ends up paying for the rest of my college career. I just have to get up there, bust my (butt) and do some work.

"I've been working out, trying to get better. I'm going to start doing more cardio and get ready to come in for summer camp.''

Paul Carrezola, who is contending for a starting spot as a tight end, and Robert Jones competed for the position in the spring, and the results were mixed, which caused Rutgers to intensify its search to replace Andrew DePaola, who was lost to graduation.

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