Jersey Speedster On Rutgers' Radar

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) class of 2012 receiver Najee Glass isn't ready to jump into the recruiting process yet, but schools such as Rutgers, LSU and Notre Dame are already paying him plenty of interest. Glass spoke to about the early part of his recruitment, and why he is much more than a track star who also plays football.

Najee Glass isn't sure how many letters filtered through his mailbox already, but the speedy class of 2012 receiver from St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) knows a few of the schools.

"Rutgers, Notre Dame, UCLA, Texas A&M and LSU," the 6-foot-2, 160-pounder said. "I really don't keep track because every letter I get I hand to my mom."

Beyond that, Glass doesn't know much in terms of the recruiting game.

He said he doesn't talk to "any schools" and added despite Rutgers being close by, his knowledge is the program is "not that much, actually."

"I'll wait until the end of my junior year to see what's really going on," Glass said. "I know everybody likes me as a receiver."

Glass has the size to play outside and the speed to be in the slot and stretch the field. The last time he ran a 40-yard dash was his freshman season, when he clocked in the 4.3s.

Glass is already an accomplished star on the high school track. He won the Eastern regional in the 400 meters, and his personal-best in the event is 47.32 seconds.

In two weeks he will be running at the World Youth Olympic Games in Singapore before returning to football.

However, Glass is not a track star trying his hand at football. He has been playing football since the third grade, and it gives him an advantage.

"I have more experience than most of the other people, so I know what to do at certain times," he said. "I have football smarts."

Where Glass does lack experience is in the recruiting game, but he has plenty of peers to lean on, and he is doing just that.

Glass talks regularly with St. Peter's Prep's highly-recruited trio of Savon Huggins, Sheldon Royster and Keith Lumpkin, and each has similar advice.

"I just have to watch what I say. That's what they tell me," Glass said. "But my mom will handle a lot of it, which is good so we can both keep track."

Another balance Glass is dealing with is adding weight for football but staying trim for track. For now, though, he thinks his frame can stand a few pounds.

"I'm expecting to put more weight on," he said. "I'm just starting to get into the weight room because I know I have to get stronger."

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