Maryland TE/DE Talks Rutgers Offer

Charles Tapper

Rutgers has been scouting Baltimore City College High's Charles Tapper, and allow the first contact came Monday, it netted the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end/tight end his third offer. Tapper got word Monday he had a verbal offer from the Scarlet Knights, and he talked about what it means, his knowledge of the program and more.

Charles Tapper grew up playing basketball, but at the suggestion of his coach and a few trusted family friends, he moved to the gridiron in the fall.

Turns out the move was the right thing to do as the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Tapper, who plays tight end and defensive end at Baltimore (Md.) City College High, picked up his third verbal offer Monday.

In addition to San Diego State and Oklahoma, Tapper now has Rutgers as suitor.

"Today is my first day talking to them," Tapper said. "I was talking to (receivers) coach P.J. Fleck. He said I had an offer and he said he would love to have me there."

Ironically, Tapper was on campus this weekend participating in the New Level Athletics Badger Sport 7-on-7. But he didn't get a chance to make an unofficial visit before the event began because many in the Maryland contingent didn't arrive until late.

Because of that, Tapper said he plans to make another trip to campus in the spring or summer.

"I know a little bit about their program," Tapper said. "I kinda watch on t.v. a little bit."

In addition to the schools to offer, Tapper is hearing from Miami, Michigan State, LSU, Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland and Virginia Tech.

"I'm looking for where I can play as a freshman, and if I learn the off and defense sets, how I will fit in," he said. "I don't know right now which position (he will play in college). I like both of them the exact same. This is my first year playing football. I was all basketball. The football coach at my school said I would excel."

"I have a lot to learn. That's my thing."

Tapper said he was getting interest from schools to play basketball, but did not have any offers. And, with a brighter future on the football field, he is prepared to go that direction in college. Now, if he can only figure out which position to play.

"Defensive end kind of came easy to me," Tapper said. "They dropped me back into coverage little bit. I actually caught a pick one game. That was crazy. We played Dunbar, I dropped in the coverage. I caught the pick, it was different feeling."

As for tight end, Tapper knows what the most difficult aspect turned out to be.

"Probably a little bit of blocking, the schemes and some of the routes were kind of confusing," he said. "But the more I played, the better I did. I'm really enjoying (football). I didn't think it was going to be this much fun."

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