Rutgers Offers Florida QB; Will he Camp?

Rutgers has been selective in its offering of quarterbacks for the 2011 class, but last week the Scarlet Knights went back to Florida to offer Phillip Ely of Plant High (Tampa). Ely responded to the offer by saying he has "very high" interest in the Scarlet Knights. What else did Ely have to say? Will he camp at Rutgers? And what is the latest with his recruitment?

The reputation and success of Rutgers' football program is now well known, so much so Plant High (Tampa, Fla.) quarterback Phillip Ely said his interest in Rutgers is "very high'' despite his limited knowledge of the school.

But after receiving a Rutgers offer last week, Ely talked about the Scarlet Knights' chances in his recruitment.

"I think they're very high on my list,'' Ely said while on a recruiting tour of the mid-Atlantic. "It's a school I don't know too much about, and I look forward to getting to know them better. It's a school that has a great football program, good academics, and it's the things I'm looking for in a college.''

He is the teammate of offensive lineman Tony Posada, who received his written offer from Rutgers two weeks ago.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Ely was at Tennessee on Wednesday, Wake Forest on Thursday and scheduled to visit Clemson on Friday. He also picked up an offer from Cincinnati on Thursday, giving him more than a dozen.

Once he returns home, he will try to schedule a few more visits, and Rutgers is one school he's like to trip to.

"We're going to try,'' Ely said. "We're going to try and get my calendar together and make a visit up there. We're trying.''

Plant High coach Robert Weiner is with Ely on the current campus tour, and he did nothing to downplay his quarterback's interest in the Scarlet Knights.

"He's very interested, and we'll see over the next couple of days,'' Weiner said. "Where he's going to end up going on summer trips will kind of prioritize what his interest level is.''

In the last few weeks Ely's recruitment has intensified, mostly because college recruits came by Plant High to watch him throw.

The strong-armed Ely completed 127 of 219 passes (58 percent) for 1,860 yards. He also threw 20 touchdowns against three interceptions, but the most impressive statistic is his 19-0 mark as a starting quarterback, including a pair of Florida 5A state titles.

"He's got tremendous leadership, and natural charisma where kids really gravitate to him,'' Weiner said. "Sometimes I talk about his intangibles so much you may think he doesn't have lot of talent, but he's tremendously talented.

"He can be deceptive sometimes when you look at him because he's not a 6-4, 6-5 guy, that he wouldn't have the strongest arm, but he's a very strong kid. He can really, really sling it. He's very, very accurate.''

Ely, like most quarterbacks, wants to make a decision by the end of the summer. However, he is enjoying the process.

"It's awesome. I love it,'' he said. "Colleges want you to come to their school and play football. That's pretty cool. It's not a bad deal, ya' know?''

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