December 17, 2012

Rutherford will camp at MSU

One of the positions that will be a priority for the class of 2014 is offensive tackle. A player that will be vying for a scholarship from Michigan State is Trey Rutherford of The Kent School in Connecticut. has the details.

Two summers ago Rutherford camped at Michigan State and had a strong performance for someone who was only 16-years old. He followed that up with quality performances at several Midwest combines. It looked as if the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Canadian was going to be a solid 2013 recruit, but then he decided to move to the United States and was re-classified due to his young age as a class of 2014 student.

Rutherford spent this last fall playing for the Kent School and working on his game. We spoke with him about his transition to the United States and how things have progressed.

“It went well,” Rutherford said. “Making the move absolutely has helped me. Playing American football and getting acclimated will help me for the next step. Kent is university prep boarding school and we went 7-2, 6 wins were in the regular season.”

Rutherford plans on using the coming months to improve his game and get bigger and stronger. He told us he hopes to be around 285-pounds this time next year. We asked him about his future plans.

“I have my highlight tape out and my coach is sending it to some of the schools I am interested in. I have been hearing from UConn and Buffalo a lot. I plan on camping at Michigan State; I have the date circled on my calendar.”

Being from Ontario, Canada Rutherford understands that Michigan State is not only one of the closest schools to his hometown, but also one of the most competitive from a football standpoint. We asked him what a scholarship offer from the Spartans would mean.

“A scholarship offer from Michigan State would be a dream come true,” he said

Last summer Rutherford was injured and was unable to attend the Spartan camp. He definitely plans on being there this year. It is safe to say that an offer from Michigan State could be tough to beat.

The Spartans took a look at Canadian offensive tackle David Knevel for the class of 2013, but decided not to offer due to having not seen him perform at camp as well as questioning the level of completion he has played against. Neither of those concerns will be a factor in Rutherford’s recruitment. Not only will he be working with Coach Staten in person, but his game film is against quality competition.

Matt Dorsey’s take: Rutherford is a player who we expect the staff will be excited to see come June. It was obvious they were impressed with him for his age back on the summer of 2011. Despite being re-classified, Rutherford will graduate and still be age appropriate by US standards as has a late December birthday.

Rutherford will be a much more polished prospect than Knevel at the same age of his development. The only question is just how big Rutherford will be. If he is 6-foot-5, 280+ pounds not only will he be a player of high interest, but he will almost certainly have multiple scholarship offers on the table by the time he arrives in East Lansing.

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