Pennsy QB Ready to Earn Rutgers Offer

Rutgers is looking to land a quarterback for the class of 2011, and one target is Whitehall (Pa.) High's Chris Polony. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Polony has been in contact with the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff and has extensive knowledge of the program because of several visits, but what he doesn't have is a Rutgers offer. He talks about what he must do to get the offer, and when it could happen.

If Whitehall (Pa.) High quarterback Chris Polony gets an offer from Rutgers, he will earn it at the Scarlet Knights' 7-on-7 shootout June 26.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Polony said he was told that by his recruiting coach, Rutgers assistant coach Kirk Ciarrocca.

"Rutgers said they want to see me throw at the 7-on-7 because coach Ciarrocca already came down and saw me throw at my school, so he just wants to get the ok from coach (Greg) Schiano,'' Polony said. "So, I have to go there for the 7-on-7.''

Polony already knows what Rutgers is looking for when he arrives with his Whitehall High team for the event.

"I think they just want to see throw,'' he said, "how I complete balls, how I run a system and how I interact with all the players. They just want to see me compete.''

Rutgers' quest to land a quarterback will intensify as their camps take place at the end of the month.

Since Don Bosco Prep's Gary Nova committed to Pittsburgh last month the talk about which quarterback Rutgers will land has increased in recruiting circles, but it hasn't figured into Polony's recruitment.

Did Rutgers increase its interest since Nova's decision?

"Not necessarily did they really heat up, but I think now they are going to be pushing for a quarterback,'' Polony said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to show them at the 7-on-7, and then they'll offer.''

As a junior, Polony threw for approximately 1,400 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in a multiple offense.

His main interest is coming from Rutgers, Bowling Green and Virginia. He plans to camp at Temple, Rutgers, Boston College and Virginia, and is contemplating a visit to North Carolina State.

"I know Bowling Green is pretty close to offering,'' Polony said. "I think they're going to see what is going to happen with some of these other big-name colleges. Since I don't have any offers, I'm pretty open. I'm just feeling everyone out.''

However, Polony is familiar with Rutgers, a place he visited three times already.

"They had me down there to meet with the academic advisors and all the coaches,'' Polony said. "I went down for a spring practice, and then I went down for a spring game. I think I'm fairly familiar with Rutgers.

"I definitely like the coaching staff, and I like how they treat all their players and they have good relationships. I really like the location, an hour away.''

Polony doesn't think he will choose a school based on its football prowess.

"I want to go to school where they have strong academics,'' he said. "I want to do something possibly with engineering, so I want to see if they have that major. That's probably going to influence my decision the most.

"Also, location to my home (is important). I'm probably not going to go to California. I definitely want to stay close to home, hopefully within four hours away.''

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