' recruiting efforts have pushed through south Jersey into the mid-Atlantic region, and the Scarlet Knights continue to search Delaware, where they are hot on a rising class of 2011 offensive lineman.
Trip Thurman, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive tackle from Dover High already holds a Rutgers offer, and he is interested in learning more about the school.
So, what does he know about Rutgers?
"Not much, really,'' Thurman said. "I've been up there and seen the facilities, and I know the first college football game was played there.''
Thurman was also in attendance for the Scarlet Knights' biggest win this season, albeit as a guest of the school Rutgers played. Thurman was on an unofficial visit to Maryland, which is the other school to offer him, when the Scarlet Knights won 34-13.
"Maryland and Rutgers talked to me about tackle,'' Thurman said. "Both schools offered me. Rutgers offered me at the end of the summer, before I even played a game, and Maryland offered me when I went done to the Rutgers game at Maryland.
"Delaware has been talking to me. They've been verbally saying they were going to offer me but I haven't gotten anything in the mail.''
Thurman also is getting interest from Virginia, Connecticut, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Penn State.
And he will make his decision based largely on academics. He wants to be an orthopedic surgeon.
"When I was in ninth grade I broke my wrist playing baseball, and when I went to the orthopedic surgeon I took an interest,'' Thurman said. "I thought it was something I would want to do. My grades are fine and I'm just trying to get on the books as much as I can.''
Thurman said he is a big Tennessee Volunteers fan -- his mom attended the school and his father grew up near the Knoxville campus -- but he said it wouldn't have an impact on his decision.
"I've sent film down there and they've contacted my coach, but I haven't received any mail from them,'' Thurman said. "My eyes are not really on Tennessee. That's what I watched growing up. (But) I'm really open up right now.''
Rutgers and Maryland are going head-to-head in many recruiting battles, and they are the only two schools to offer one of Delaware's top offensive lineman in the class of 2011. The player talks about what will weigh heavily in his college decision, who is recruiting him the hardest and which schools are starting to show him interest.
One of the top offensive lineman in Delaware discusses his offers from Rutgers and Maryland.