Tabb Clears Air On Rutgers Interest

Plenty has been pontificated about whether Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic tight end Jack Tabb is interested in Rutgers, and he has seen some of those things. Is the 6-foot-4, 23-pounder interested in the Scarlet Knights, or has he pushed them to the backburner? Tabb spoke with about his recruitment, and gave a candid answer on where Rutgers stands.

Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic tight end Jack Tabb's summer recruiting tour is over, and he is ready to change his focus.

However, one thing he wanted to get across when it comes to his recruitment is his interest in Rutgers, which was the first school to offer him.

"They're still very high on my list," the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Tabb said. "A lot of people say how they know me and Rutgers is off the list, but that's not true."

In fact, Tabb added he is in frequent contact with the Scarlet Knights coaching staff, including his lead recruiter, assistant coach Robb Smith.

"I talk to coach Smith a lot," Tabb said. "I'm actually supposed to call him (Wednesday). I've talked to a majority of the coaches there."

Tabb visited a number of schools in the summer, including North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Miami, Florida and South Florida, but he is now going to dial down his recruitment and prepare for the season.

Red Bank Catholic began training camp Tuesday, so he is pulling back on the recruiting side of things.

"I'm trying to focus on my season a little more," Tabb said. "I kind of slow it down a little bit. I try not to respond to as many messages. I pick it a day where I do it all in one day because I'm trying to slow it down and try to focus, especially during the week, on helping my team be as good as we can be.

"We've made some trips and at this point where going to see a couple more and then start breaking it down to the small things that I like the most. I still want to go to Iowa, Wisconsin, and maybe Arkansas."

Tabb is uncertain if he will trim his list before the season begins, but he does want to take official visits before committing to a school.

"All my mentors and all the people I talk to tell me it's a big thing and you should really take advantage of it, and I'm going to," he said. "It may be after the season because I have an abnormal amount of Saturday games."

After not playing as a sophomore, Tabb made seven catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He also made 52 tackles and registered two sacks as a defensive end.

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