22 in 22: Gareef Glashen

In the fourth installment of our 22-day series profiling the incoming Rutgers freshmen, ScarletReport.com takes a look at Miami (Fla.) Carol City High cornerback Gareef Glashen. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Glashen talks about his competitive instincts, and how that should translate well to college. He also discusses whether or not he anticipates playing as a freshman, or if he will red-shirt.

If Gareef Glashen was at the movies and a friend starting jawing, talking about how he could catch passes on him, there would be only thing to do.

"I'd tell him we could line up right there and do it,'' Glashen said. "That's how competitive I am.''

So, it stands to reason Glashen, a Rutgers signee from Miami (Fla.) Carol City High, is planning on making an impact as a freshman. The cornerback is scheduled to arrive on campus June 26 and be involved with the "bridge" program, which assists incoming students to get acclimated to college.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Glashen will work out with the Scarlet Knights throughout the summer in preparation for August training camp.

"How competitive am I?'' Glashen said. "To be honest, I can't see myself just sitting around watching other people play, so I have to work to get to be where I need to be. I feel like I should be able to play.''

Glashen will enter an interesting battle for playing time when he arrives on campus.

David Rowe, Logan Ryan and Brandon Bing gained separation in the competition for the two cornerback spots during spring practice, and converted receiver Marcus Cooper, Abdul Smith and Brandon Jones are each trying to work themselves onto the two-deep. Incoming freshman Rashad Knight will also contend for time.

"I'm approaching it like this: I've got to gain respect from my coaches and teammates, and make sure they trust me,'' Glashen said. "That's the first thing I have to do because I can't get on the field if my coaches don't trust me.''

Glashen he has taken a look at the Scarlet Knights' depth chart, but isn't fazed by it.

"I looked at it a lot, but with how competitive I am, I really don't pay much attention to it,'' he said. "Every team has a depth chart. It's going to be a big depth chart. I'll work my way up real quick.''

Glashen's arrival at Rutgers comes after a late flip in the recruiting process. He committed to Syracuse in December, but after a late January trip to Piscataway, N.J., changed to the Scarlet Knights.

"He has good instincts in coverage and always seems to be making plays on the ball when it's in the air,'' according to Scout.com recruiting analyst Mike Bakas. "He needs to become a better tackler and could become more physical at the line of scrimmage'' Glahsen, who has 4.42 speed in the 40-yard dash, made 58 tackles, intercepted a pass and had 12 pass breakups as a senior at Miami Carol City High.

Since signing day, Glashen said he's been following a workout program at the advice of Scarlet Knights strength and conditioning coach Jay Butler.

"I've been working out, running, trying to keep my weight up,'' Glashen said. "There's a lot of short-term running, long-term running. I've always been working hard. There's a lot of different things, a lot of things I haven't done. There's a lot of reps with the work out.''

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