Rutgers Charting a Familiar Name

Rutgers fans are familiar with the name Gary Beddoe, who played for the Scarlet Knights a few decades ago. Now, his son, Troy, is a linebacker at Union-Endicott (N.Y.) High and is being looked at by the Scarlet Knights. Troy Beddoe spoke with about his recuitment and his knowledge of Rutgers, and also filled us in on who is recruiting him.

Rutgers landed star athlete Jordan Thomas from Union-Endicott (N.Y.) High last season, and now the Scarlet Knights are keeping their eye on another player from the school for the class of 2012.

Outside linebacker Troy Beddoe, the son of former Scarlet Knight Gary Beddoe, camped at Rutgers in June and has been receiving interest from the school.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Beddoe is also well-versed in the Scarlet Knights' program.

"I think it's a nice campus," Beddoe said. "I looked around when I went down there a few times for football games, and I went down for a couple of basketball games. When I went around the campus, I thought it was really nice."

In addition to Rutgers, Beddoe is receiving interest from Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Army, Wagner, Albany and Fordham. During the spring evaluation period, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Syracuse each stopped by the school to check him out.

Beddoe also camped at Rutgers and Syracuse.

"I learned a lot," he said. "I learned a better stance, how to drop back into pass coverage a little better. Those are a few of the things I learned."

It also enabled Beddoe to build confidence for his upcoming season.

"I think I stayed with a lot of the guys," he said. "I could cover them. They weren't too fast."

With a father who played Division I football and coming from a program like Union-Endicott, Beddoe has a strong base of football knowledge.

"I think I'm pretty strong-willed," said Beddoe, who gets plenty of pointers from his dad. "He tells me to stay aggressive, and about the speed of the game."

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