Recruiting Reset: Tight ends

Rutgers already has one commitment for the 2011 class from a tight end, but it continues to be a position it recruits as it looks for a second member. In ScarletReport.com's ongoing series "Recruiting Reset," the tight end position us looked at. Rutgers already landed Downingtown East High's (Exton, Pa.) Tyler Kroft, but others enticing options remain on the board.

Because Rutgers landed Paul Carrezola and Malcolm Bush in 2009 and D.C. Jefferson switched from quarterback last August, the Scarlet Knights didn't need to recruit a tight end in the 2010 class.

But it did make it a priority for the 2011 class. The Scarlet Knights coaching staff are telling recruits they could take a pair of tight ends this year, which means one slot remains open.

Downingtown East High (Exton, Pa.) tight end Tyler Kroft committed to Rutgers last month, and he brings a pass-catching threat with him. He is also a successful lacrosse player, and has the athleticism to move around the field.

Since Carrezola, Bush and Jefferson, not to mention walk-on Tony Trahan, are all young, there is depth at the position even if Rutgers stays with Kroft as its only tight end.

However, a few of the other options are tantalizingly talented.

Fort Meade (Fla.) High's Brandon Fulse texted ScarletReport.com earlier this week to say he remains interested in Rutgers despite not making a planned unofficial visit last month. The four-star Fulse, who is the 15th-rated tight end by Scout.com in the 2011 class, is 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and physical.

Closer to home are a pair of Jersey Shore players in Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic's Jack Tabb and Middletown (N.J.) North's Shilique Calhoun.

Tabb, who did not play as a sophomore, burst onto the scene in the spring when his highlight tape made the rounds. He went from having no offers and little interest to 20 offers, including ones from Rutgers, Florida and Arkansas, in a matter of months.

The 6- 4, 220-pound Tabb is freakishly athletic, can block and he catches the ball down the field. He said last week he remains highly interested in Rutgers.

Calhoun, who is 6- 4, 230 pounds, was offered by Rutgers in the spring, but there are questions as to whether he will play tight end or defensive end. That is, if he heads to college to play football.

Basketball is a passion for Calhoun, and he is contemplating which sport to play in college. Rutgers missed out on several other tight end prospects, including Stanford commit Devon Cajuste of Holy Cross (Flushing, N.Y.) and Iowa commit Ray Hamilton of Strongsville (Ohio) High.

However, the Scarlet Knights are also monitoring a pair of New Jersey tight ends who camped at Rutgers last week but are yet to get offers.

Pt. Pleasant Boro's Ryan Malleck is 6-5 and can get down the field. If he gains strength and develops his blocking during the season, an offer could head his way.

Holy Cross' (Delran) Kevin Miller, who is 6-4, 240 pounds, performed well at Rutgers' camp, and is another candidate to receive an offer during his senior season.


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