Victor Konopka was originally offered by Chris Ash even though this was his first year of organized football by all accounts. Konopka originally intended to play basketball at Army, but instead took a year at Blair Academy to play football. After committing as the first player since Greg Schiano was hired, Victor faxed his LOI Wednesday.
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Rutgers needs bodies at the tight end position which is why even a very inexperienced player could end up there like Victor. Tight end is a tough position to learn because all the innerworkings of the offensive line and the receiver route tree need to be understood well enough to be executed against the best in the country. It’s possible Victor could get chunks of the playbook at a time or he could end up on defense at end. He’s simply huge, with good hands so there may be a niche with him even before his football knowledge reaches a Big Ten level.
High School Position: TE/DE (6’7”, 245 lbs.)
Projected college position: Tight End
High School: Don Bosco Prep (post year at Blair Academy)
Hometown: Kinnelon, NJ
Most notable other offers: Virginia
The Rutgers Tight End group is the smallest on the team and at times struggled to field even a single scholarship player at the position in 2019 with all the injuries. For that reason in a best case, a healthy Johnathan Lewis, another year of Matt Alaimo, and that still leaves playing time open for the walk-ons or true freshmen. The Tight End spot is one that no team can ever have enough and the difference between replacement level players versus stars is massive.
Floor: Myles Nash
Most likely: Sam Johnson
Potential: James Jenkins
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