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Rutgers Football NSD: Sam Vretman Signs !

The big lineman from Connecticut is On The Banks.

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Rutgers Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Samuel Vretman is an early enrollee, but he is still included in today’s class signing.

Samuel Vretman : 6 - 5 ½ 300 5.1 40 yd. OL Cheshire Academy, CT

Scout - # 5 State - # 85 OT

24 / 7 - # 6 State - # 76 OT

Rivals - # 3 State - # 36 OT

ESPN - # 8 State - # 72 OT

Consensus 3 Star Offensive Lineman Recruit

Offers from UConn, Temple, Colorado State, Coastal Carolina, Old Dominion

My first impression of Vretman was not only very positive, it was very optimistic for the big offensive tackle from the high school boarding student in Connecticut, via Sweden. Sam was originally a hockey player in his home land before crossing over the Atlantic Ocean to the Constitution State. If nothing else, leaving high school early and moving onto one of the largest campuses in the country will hardly phase this Nordic Iceman turned East Coast Road Grader.

Vretman has the frame of a throw back Big Ten offensive lineman, standing nearly six and a half feet tall and carrying nearly three spins on the scale. He is cut from the same mold of former Major Eastern Independent Lineman, Dave Szott and J.D. Maarleved as well as former Scarlet Knight Bill Milano. Sam made a great decision when he committed to Rutgers with their terrific offensive line coach A.J. Blazek. Coach Blazek played O-Line for perhaps the best offensive line tactician there is in current Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.

There is a lot to like about the consensus three star lineman. I see a straight ahead, inline drive blocker capable of developing into a very proficient run blocker in a power run game scheme. Vretman displays a powerful first step going forward that will allow him to handle assignments in most run game blocking techniques and schemes. Coach Blazek is certainly the man needed to fine tune and develop Vretman’s overall line play. Sam is in good hands and Coach Blazek has a tremendous mold in which to sculpt.