June 10, 2010

New Jersey athlete excited about Army offer

When Greg Schiano took over as Rutgers' Head Coach ten years ago, his first order of business was to put a fence around New Jersey with the hope of keeping many of the top recruits in state. One could argue if Schiano has been successful in that endeavor, but one cannot argue the logic in making such a claim. New Jersey continues to be deep in talent and the Garden State's 2011 class reflects just that.

For Army, it is not like the Black Knights have not taken interest in their neighboring state, but there appears to be a higher level of interest now than in previous years. As such, running back coach Tucker Waugh, who just may be Army's top recruiter has been given the task of covering the state of New Jersey.

One player from New Jersey that sits on top of Army's recruiting list is versatile Ryan Malleck, who in 2009 played wide out and safety at Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) Point Boro High School.

GoBlackKnights.com caught up with Malleck yesterday, as he talked about his recruiting, where he may project at the next level and his summer itinerary.

At 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, Malleck is quite a sight for opposing defensive backs or when roaming from his safety position, he could be a terrifying sight for receivers and runners as well. "I'm currently playing safety and I'm the only 6'5" safety that I know of," shared Malleck as he laughed at his own proclamation.

IN DEMAND

Presently, he has logged in offers from Virginia, Army, Maryland, Central Florida, NC State and Navy, but has indicated that he is anticipating others schools to follow.

"I'm waiting on a few schools this week … UConn, Pitt are possibilities and Temple said they were going to offer me, plus Notre Dame and Penn State want more film on me."

When it comes to the Black Knights, Malleck received his Army offer two weeks ago.

"I hadn't heard anything from Army until they came to my high school and talked to me about West Point," says Malleck. "Coach Waugh called me later that night and told me he saw my film and wanted to make an offer me a scholarship. I was fired up … West Point is a crazy school and graduating from West Point you can do anything you want.

Most schools are projecting Malleck at tight end. However, Navy is looking at him as linebacker or defensive end and of course under Army's Head Coach Rich Ellerson and Malleck's versalitly, he could play a number of different positions.


He has registered a 4.58 forty at the Chuck Mound combine and a 4.61 Big Time Showcase held at Rutgers University this summer.

In 2009 he had 20 plus receptions and during his sophomore year he pulled down 36 passes.

When asked what he is looking for in a college, Malleck claimed that academics are first, then the coaching staff and how they use the tight end, but that he could see himself on defense as well.

In addition to football, Malleck is an avid basketball player. And when GBK caught up with him, he had just finished participating in an AAU basketball tournament.

COLLEGE VISITS

"I went to Maryland three weeks ago, Virginia Sunday and I have Saturday I have NC State, Duke and UNC," notes Malleck. "Then I will do visits for Army, Central Florida and Navy."

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to update Malleck's recruitment as it unfolds.


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