Rutgers Recruiting 2012 Montclair Speedster

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Class of 2012 receiver/cornerback Khalif Urban possesses 4.4 speed and is a play-maker for Montclair (N.J.) High. He holds a verbal offer from Tulane and is being looked at by a number of other schools, including Rutgers, Hawaii and Temple. attended a recent Montclair High scrimmage, then spoke to urban about his recruitment.

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Khalif Urban took his first snap in the "Wildcat" package during a recent scrimmage, went left and about five seconds later was 40 yards down field in the end zone.

The next time he lined up for the snap, same thing.

The class of 2012 athlete from Montclair (N.J.) High has speed and shiftiness when he gets the ball in the open field, which is why Tulane verbally offered him and why Rutgers, Old Dominion, Temple, Hawaii and Georgia State are each showing him interest.

"I went to Rutgers' one day camp," Urban said. "I liked it there. I learned how to keep the cornerback unbalanced and stay friendly with the line. That means when you're running a dig route and you're turning inside, it means don't bow it out. Stay tight to the line coming across. That helped me a lot."

However, at this early point of the recruitment, if Rutgers wants to make a big move on Urban, something may have to change.

"I would consider them," Urban said. "But I don't know if I want to stay local."

The issue with Urban is his 5-foot-7, 158-pound frame.

He plays receiver and cornerback, and his best attribute is his speed. He constantly clocks in the 4.4s (seconds) in the 40-yard dash, and that is what led to his Tulane offer.

"I went to a camp and they happened to be there," Urban said. "They told me they were looking to give me a verbal offer."

Schools can begin contacting Urban via email and Facebook on Sept. 1, so interest level in him will be more defined.

For now, though, he is concentrating on having a breakout junior season under first-year coach John Fiore.

"He taught me so much football," Urban said, "things I thought I would never see or never knew about football, even though I've been watching it and playing it my whole life, he exposed me to things and I was like, ‘Wow, I never knew there was so much to it.' He wants 100 percent play after play. That's why I like him so much as a coach."

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