Rutgers Interest in New York TE Increasing

Rutgers didn't sign a tight end in its last recruiting class, but that will not be the case in the 2011 class. The Scarlet Knights are courting a number of tight ends, including Anto Almasian of Massena (N.Y.) High. Almasian updates his recruitment, discusses whether he will camp at Rutgers, and talks about what must take place before he earns an offer from the Scarlet Knights.

After not signing a tight end in the last recruiting class, Rutgers plans to bring in two or three in the 2011 class.

One of the players the Scarlet Knights are keeping close tabs on is Massena (N.Y.) High's Anto Almasian, who made a visit to Rutgers earlier this month and will be back in late June.

The Scarlet Knights are among a quartet of FBS schools showing the most interest in Almasian, who is also being courted by Syracuse, Boston College and Buffalo.

"Rutgers told me they were going to recruit two to three tight ends for this class and they told me I fit the mold of what they're looking for at that position,'' the 6-foot-3, 231-pound Almasian said. "They want me to come down for their one-day camp because coach (Greg) Schiano wasn't there the day I visited.''

Indeed, Almasian will acquiesce and attend Rutgers' one-day camp in late June. He also will camp at Syracuse, Boston College, Buffalo, Princeton, Holy Cross and Bucknell, and will try to get to North Carolina State and Duke.

While Almasian holds an offer from Bucknell and said Princeton recently told him he was the top player on the Tigers' board, the FBS schools want to see him in person before making an offer.

And he also knows what he must show during those camps to earn an offer.

"They know I'm big,'' Almasian said. "I've been to tons of combines. They know I can run a good 40, they know I can do pro agility and all that good stuff. I've got the sixth further power ball throw in the nation for the Nike combine, so all that stuff is out there.

"I think what they really want to see me do is run some routes and catch some passes to see how clean I can run my routes. Everybody can catch, but it's how fluently you do it. Are you running with your head straight up, or are you running with your chin down like you're supposed to? It's little things like that.''

Almasian caught 13 passes for 183 yards as a junior.

"It's like buying a car you're never seen run,'' Almasian said. "You can watch it all you want on the internet and read all the reviews, but at the end of the day you're going to want to give it a test drive.''


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