Rutgers Offers Jersey Shore Tight End

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano spoke to a tight end from the Jersey Shore today, and according to the player, was offered a scholarship by the Scarlet Knight' head man. The player spoke to about his latest offer, and how it greatly alters his recruitment. He is tentatively planning to visit campus next week, and could make a decision shortlt thereafter.

Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) tight end Ryan Malleck was readying to make his college choice, but his timetable for doing so was unexpectedly pushed back a week or so Tuesday.

That is because the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Malleck said he was informed by Rutgers coach Greg Schiano that he was being offered a scholarship, and it caused Malleck to change the timetable of making a decision.

"I was pumped," Malleck said. "I've been waiting a while for an offer from Rutgers. I thought it would come in early, but, yeah, I was pumped when they offered."

Malleck, who camped at Rutgers last month and visited the camp several times, also holds offers from Maryland, North Carolina State, Virginia, Army, Navy and Central Florida.

"I'm going to have to push this recruiting thing back a week or two and check this out," Malleck said. "I think I'm going to go down on a visit next Tuesday, but I'm not positive on that (day) yet.

"I was really thinking of committing to a school (Wednesday), but Rutgers came in and I'll hold off a little bit and see how it goes."

Malleck chose not to divulge which school he would have committed to, but his size and athleticism is something schools covet.

"There's no leaders right now," Malleck said. "We'll see what happens with this visit to Rutgers. I want to make a decision next week or so, but I'll see what happens. I'll go day-by-day."

Strength and weight need to be added, but he has above-average speed for a player his size and can create mismatches against linebackers and secondaries.

Despite playing in a predominantly run-oriented offense, he made 23 catches for 500 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. He has been on Rutgers' radar since the fall, but his development in the offseason is why the Scarlet Knights eventually offered.

"I was totally surprised," Malleck said. "I had no idea it was going to happen. I called coach Schiano and he told me."

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