Ka'Lial Glaud earned some major headlines when his college decision literally came down to a flip of the coin. Now the Winslow Township senior linebacker, who chose Rutgers, will get a head start on his college career by competing in tomorrow's 3 p.m. New Jersey-Northeast All-Star Classic at Rutgers University.
The Northeast team consists of players from Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Washington and New Hampshire.
Glaud earned celebrity status when he entered his news conference on the Feb. 4 signing date still unsure of his destination. He literally flipped a coin, and Rutgers won out over West Virginia.
The story was picked up nationally, and Glaud received his share of attention. Glaud said those who felt he did it as a publicity stunt are misinformed.
"I was really serious, not knowing what I was going to do," he said.
He has a mind-set to play right away at Rutgers and said this game will be a good way to shake off the rust.
"It's very exciting to be in this game," said Glaud, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection who had 87 tackles and eight sacks as a senior. "Jersey has some of the best athletes in country and a chance to show themselves."
Glaud is one of 14 players on the New Jersey team from the seven-county South Jersey area. The others are Mainland quarterback Brent Caprio, Timber Creek defensive back Eric Loper, Eastern cornerback Logan Ryan, Camden Catholic wide receiver Jerry Watters, Penns Grove running back-receiver Aaron Hayward, Glassboro wide receiver Ricky Tunstall, Gloucester Catholic fullback Patrick Schuhl, Burlington City offensive tackle Max Hay, Moorestown offensive tackle Cody Wallace, Delran offensive lineman Nick Cattolico, Palmyra defensive back Quron Pratt, Camden receiver Charles Watkins and Shawnee defensive tackle DaShawn Cassell.
Besides Glaud, the other Rutgers recruits from South Jersey in the game are Hayward, Pratt and Ryan, who was The Inquirer's South Jersey defensive player of the year.
Irish update. Two of the top junior recruits from South Jersey are Camden Catholic tight end-defensive end Sherard Cadogan and quarterback Joe Brennan.
Irish coach Rick Brown says that Cadogan, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection on defense, has received 18 offers to this point.
According to Brown, Brennan is considering Rutgers, Wisconsin, Miami and about six other schools. Brennan was an Inquirer second-team all-South Jersey pick.
Brown said that current senior defensive back Korey Alston has earned a scholarship to ASA Junior College in New York.
More commitments for the Vikings. Eastern coach Dan Spittal announced a number of current seniors have recently made college commitments. Defensive end Dan Dawson and center Frank Visconti are headed to Delaware Valley. The others are linebacker Jesse Marchewka (College of New Jersey), wide receiver Zac Klein (Muhlenburg), defensive lineman Jon Daddario (Rowan) and wide receiver Shumeek Scott (Valley Forge Junior College).
Besides the Rutgers-bound Ryan, the other previous Eastern commitments were by running back Mitch Primas (East Stroudsburg) and wide receiver Ed Celkos (Lock Haven).