Will Rutgers Offer JUCO Defensive Back?

The Glashen name is already familiar to Rutgers since cornerback Gareef of Miami Carol City High signed in February and is enrolled at the school. The Scarlet Knights are now looking at Herzel Glashen, who is playing at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif. Herzel spoke to ScarletReport.com about the chances of playing with his brother, and whether that is something the two of them would like.

Herzel Glashen is 3,000 miles from the Rutgers campus, but with the Scarlet Knights recruiting him and his brother already enrolled at the school, his mind often drifts to life in central New Jersey.

Glashen, a 5-foot-11, 191-pound defensive back, is readying for his sophomore season at El Camino junior college in Torrance, Calif. He holds offers from Central Michigan, Illinois and Northern Illinois, and is also being recruited by Tulsa, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Baylor and Utah State.

"After the first game of the season (Rutgers assistant) coach (Chris) Hewitt said I would get offered," Glashen said. "My brother (Gareef Glashen) told me they talk about it all the time. He knows they want to offer me, but they want to see the first game, how I do, and see where I fit at position-wise."

Glashen splits time between cornerback and safety at El Camino, and schools are debating where he fits the best.

What he offers is speed (he says he runs a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash) and size, but his football acumen is growing because he didn't play in high school until his senior season at Boyd Anderson High (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.).

Gareef Glashen played at Miami Carol City High and signed with Rutgers in February, and the brothers want to play collegiately together.

"We talk about that all the time," Glashen said. "He wants me to come there -- and ya' know how the McCoy Brothers are a tag team? – we're working on that."

Playing the talent-rich California junior colleges, Glashen's time as a freshman was limited. In five games he made eight tackles, but he is expected to play a bigger role in 2010.

"When I talked to coach Hewitt, he said they don't do a lot of visits during the season," Glashen said. "So I'm going to be doing my official visit after the season. I haven't talked about a date because I've been going to school and trying to get all my work done."

Glashen signed with Jackson State coming out of Boyd Anderson High, but he said extenuating circumstances kept his recruitment slow.

When he began playing football as a senior, he was unknown. He didn't send out his senior highlight tape until the end of January, and Jackson State offered immediately.

Glashen said Jackson State "pressured me into signing," but NCAA clearinghouse issues kept him from being eligible. By the time those issues were rectified, he decided to move on.

Now, Glashen is on pace to earn his associate's degree in December and enroll at a college in January.

The issue is whether he will play cornerback or safety once he arrives at a four-year school.

"My coaches evaluate me every day and they tell me I'm a lockdown corner because I've got the height and I've got 4.3 speed and 191 pounds," Glashen said. "But I'm so aggressive, I could be a good strong safety because I'm a good tackler."

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