Rutgers Looking to Recruit H-Back

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano spoke after Monday's practice about using a tight end in the backfield, and later in the day a class of 2011 recruit said he was being targeted by the Scarlet Knights to play H-back. DePaul Catholic's Dan Foesel spoke with about the situation, which schools are showing him the most interest, and when he coudl hear from Rutgers about an offer.

On a day in which Rutgers moved fullback Edmund Larreya to linebacker and coach Greg Schiano spoke about the versatility of using a tight end as an H-back, news comes Rutgers is recruiting a member of the class of 2011 to play H-back.

DePaul Catholic's (Wayne, N.J.) Dan Foesel holds an offer from Central Florida and is also hearing from Rutgers and Cincinnati, and none are recruiting him exclusively as a tight end.

Instead, each school is recruiting the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Foesel to play H-back, the hybrid role in which a usually-undersized tight end adds versatility to an offense by lining up in the backfield and in the slot.

"I played slot for two years at high school, and then this year I'm going to line up as a slot (receiver) and tight end because we had our tight end graduate last year," Foesel said. "I'm starting to add more (H-back) to it this year because more colleges are looking at me at that position."

Foesel attended a Rutgers practice during training camp and made summer visits to Cincinnati and Central Florida. He said the schools were recruiting him with equal intensity, but he knows the most about Rutgers.

"I've been inside (the Hale Center) and checked things out probably 10 times," Foesel said. "I like the school a real lot, and it helps it's only a half-hour, 45 minutes away."

Foesel said it wasn't so much what he needed to do to earn an offer from the Scarlet Knights, but rather what another recruit had to do. Or not do.

"They told me there is one kid lined up on the recruiting board in front of me, and if he isn't thinking about coming to their school, I'm the next guy on the list," Foesel said. "I just have to wait it out a few more weeks and they'll get back to me. They said they would know before their season and before my season.

"The same guy in front of me at Rutgers is the same guy in front of me at Cincinnati."

That player is Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic's Jack Tabb, whose offer list is well into double digits. But even if Rutgers offers Foesel, don't look for an immediate decision.

"I would definitely take my time and figure things out," he said. "I really didn't want to jump the gun on anything."

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