Rutgers Keeping Tabs on OL Cardoze

Rutgers doesn't stray to New England often for talent, but it does on occassion. The Scarlet Knights are keeping an eye on offensive lineman Tyler Cardoze of Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.). He may play in the shadows of Boston College, but he grew up in Queens, N.Y., where his family still lives. Cardoze was the Northeast Five-Star Showdown, and afterward updated his recruitment.

WESTWOOD, Mass. – One of the top offensive line performers at the Northeast Five-Star Showdown was Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.) offensive lineman Tyler Cardoze, but his path to get there was different than a lot of the other players.

While many of the players were from New England, the 6-foot-3, 330-pound Cardoze is from Queens, N.Y. And while Boston College is the home school during the academic calendar, Rutgers is the closest Division I program to his home.

"They send me mail,'' Cardoze said. "I was supposed to go to the spring game, but I decided to go to B.C. instead. It was closer, and I was at school at the time. If I was home, I would have went to Rutgers.''

Cardoze is a player Rutgers is keeping tabs on as he makes the move from his junior to senior season. He said he is also drawing interest from Penn State, Iowa, Boston College, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Connecticut.

He said he is interested in Rutgers, but like many other schools, it will take a strong performance in a summer camp or a quick start to his senior season to get the offer.

"B.C. said if I go to camp, show up in good shape and do well in all the drills, they will offer me at the end of camp,'' Cardoze said. "I plan on camping at B.C., UConn, Syracuse and N.C. State.''

There has been talk Cardoze will also camp at Rutgers, but definitive plans are not in place.

During the combine, Cardoze was at his best when he moved his feet and didn't reach. He showed good strength and an ability to slide to the outside when defensive linemen tried to go outside on him.

He plays tackle at Lawrence Academy, but will likely move to guard in college.

"I feel comfortable inside,'' Cardoze said. "During practice, coach moves us around and in camps I have to do both.''

Cardoze, who plans to major in engineering, added what he is looking for in a school.

"I want a school that has a great campus life, great academics, great football,'' he said. "I want to feel like I'm home.''

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