Remember Malcolm Cater? The linebacker from Long Island who long said he favored Rutgers, eventually committed to the Scarlet Knights but wound up signing with Syracuse in a confusing recruitment?
Jefferson High (Tampa, Fla.) linebacker Fred Overstreet never doesn’t know him, but he is tied to Cater. When Rutgers became frustrated with Cater’s recruitment, it moved to Overstreet, an under-the-radar member of the 2010 class because he didn’t attend any camps.
What Rutgers got in the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Overstreet is a tackling machine. In 14 games as a senior at Jefferson, Overstreet amassed 160 tackles while playing middle and outside linebacker. He graduated Thursday, and is due on the Rutgers campus in two weeks, but is uncertain if he will red-shirt.
“If I work hard enough, I could start playing early,’’ Overstreet said. “I need to be physical.’’
To get ready for summer workouts and August training camp, Overstreet has been working out, following guidelines he received from Rutgers as well as a workout program he already had in place.
“I’ve been working out hard,’’ he said. “I’m doing bench press, squat, power clean, running 110s, 300 yard shuttle and stuff like that. I’ve been getting a lot of the stuff from my strength and conditioning coach. It’s an NFL workout plan.’’
Overstreet has remained in contact with the Rutgers coaching staff on a regular basis since his commitment.
“I tried to call them every weekend,’’ Overstreet said. “They asked me how I was doing and all that.’’
Overstreet also made 17 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown as a tight end, but he was recruited to play either middle or weakside linebacker for the Scarlet Knights.
Overstreet said he was “excited, but kind of nervous” to leave home and begin his college career, but he eases his mind by remembering why he chose Rutgers.
“The facilities and how many bowl games they went to in a row,’’ he said. “And the school. When I went to visit, I liked the campus a lot.’’