2014 running back J.T. Blyden of West Grove (Pa.) Avon Grove enjoyed a successful sophomore season, which has resulted in a steady stream of college interest in recent months. That interest recently resulted in his first offer, after a visit to a Big East school.
Rutgers offered Blyden a couple of weeks ago during his visit to campus.
"Everything has picked up since I got the Rutgers offer, so I hope the mail keeps coming," said Blyden, who is 5-foot-10 and 190-pounds. "It really felt great to finally get that first offer I've been working for."
The Scarlet Knights left a good first impression with Blyden during his visit.
"I liked what I got to see at the campus, I liked the coaches I've met so far and I like the offense they run, so I'm just excited to learn more about the university," said Blyden.
While Rutgers is his first offer, there are several other schools pursuing the sophomore running back.
"Wisconsin and Maryland are the big two, but Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee have also expressed interest," said Blyden.
This summer Blyden hopes to showcase his abilities at several camps.
"I'm probably going to attend one of the Under Armour combines and try to make a couple of one day camps, like Rutgers, Temple, Maryland and other schools mainly in the Big Ten, ACC, Big East and SEC," said Blyden. "I'm trying to prove that I'm one of the top running backs in the Northeast."
During his sophomore season Blyden rushed for 1,127 yards and 10 touchdowns. Aside from the summer camps, he discussed how he plans to spend his off-season.
"I'm working on getting a lot faster and more explosive through the hole," said Blyden. "I'm just staying on my workout regiment and trying to go to as many college camps and combines as I can."