March 8, 2009

Tartacoff a priority for Rutgers

Keeping talent in the state of New Jersey has become a top recruiting priority for Rutgers and head coach Greg Schiano.

Montgomery, New Jersey athlete J.T. Tartacoff is one of the top juniors in the Garden State, so it's no surprise that the Scarlet Knights are hot on his trail.

"There hasn't really been much pressure to commit," Tartacoff explained. "I'm not the kind of kid that's going to commit and then de-commit. I don't think that's the right thing to do.

"I like Rutgers a lot. I've been talking to coach Schiano and coach (Bob) Fraser on a weekly basis. Rutgers has a bright future and a lot to offer. They're letting me make my decision on my own time."

While Rutgers is the only school to offer thus far, plenty of others might jump into the mix soon.

"I'm waiting to hear from Pitt and UConn. I'm going to go to spring practices at Rutgers and Maryland.

"I've been talking to Maryland, UConn, Pitt, Rutgers, Buffalo, Virginia, Penn State and North Carolina.

"A lot of schools want to see me in person, like UConn and Pitt. I still need to get in more contact with maryland. Hopefully I'll get around to that soon here."

Most schools are recruiting Tartacoff to play wide receiver in the slot and as a kick returner. Pitt is the only school that is recruiting him as a cornerback.

He does not currently have any favorites.

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