Recruiting Process New to RU Target George

Willingboro (N.J.) High defensive end/tight end Kyle George didn't play football as a sophomore, but now that word is getting out on his junior season, the interest in picking up. It is a process that George is still trying to get used to as college recruiters contact him and begin pitching the values of their respective schools.

The recruiting process is new to Willingboro (N.J.) High's Kyle George, and he is trying to get comfortable with it.

After not playing as a sophomore, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound George had a strong junior season as a defensive end and tight end. His highlight tape made the rounds during the spring, and the attention has escalated greatly.

"I'm just trying to deal with the expectations,'' George said. "The coaches all expect a lot. To be honest, I'd rather just make my decision, but everybody is telling me to wait it out.''

One of the schools hot on George's trail is Rutgers.

"I don't know too much about them,'' George said. "I've seen a couple of Rutgers games on t.v. I talk to one of their coaches, coach Phil (Galiano).''

If George made a college decision now, he acknowledged he did not know where he would go. But he certainly has options, which didn't exist a few months ago.

Willingboro coach Reggie Lawrence, said North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Louisville each offered him, and a Rutgers offer could be coming after George visits campus, which is slated to happen either Tuesday or Wednesday. Iowa, Temple, Ohio State, Houston and Maryland are also showing George interest.

"I didn't expect anything big to happen, but it just started happening with me,'' George said. "I guess teams think I had an outstanding season.''

George began playing football in Pop Warner, but sat out his sophomore season because of off-the-field responsibilities surrounding his family. He returned last season.

"I missed it,'' George said. "It's part of my life and I wanted to get back and play.''

As for whether he enjoys tight end or defensive end more, George gave no preference.

"I just like playing everywhere,'' he said. "I don't care where I am on the field.''

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