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April 11, 2007
Talk about it in The Round Table
With the success Ray Rice has had at Rutgers, his fame has grown around his home in Westchester County. Now there is another running back in the county who is quickly gaining a great deal of attention and has even drawn comparisons. ScarletNation.com spoke with Rashaad Slowley of Mount Vernon (NY) Archbishop Stepinac about his recruitment and Rutgers.
Slowley, 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds, finished his junior season with 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns on 240 carries. He also had 10 receptions for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns. His accomplishments earned him All-County, All-CHSFL, and All-Suburban honors.
"The season went very good," said Slowley. "I was happy. I led my county and the Catholic League in rushing."
Archbishop Stepinac concluded the 2006 season with an impressive 30-0 victory over White Plains in the annual Turkey Bowl, so expectations are high in 2007.
"Well I have to work on staying low and my technique," said Slowley. "My team did alright last year. We were young, but we look good for next year. I'm wishing for the best."
With all of his accomplishments on the field, it should come as no surprise that Slowley's recruitment has been busy.
"Recruiting is going real good," said Slowley. "I am getting a lot of D1A looks and exposure. Rutgers, UConn, Pitt, Maryland, and Temple really seem interested, but I am getting more big looks too."
Slowley has also had a couple of opportunities to check out two local programs.
"I went to a Rutgers game last year, I am going to UConn's spring game this Saturday and to the Rutgers spring game next Saturday," said Slowley, who also attended the Rivals Junior Day at RU.
So with Slowley making another trip to Rutgers next weekend, what are his thoughts on the Scarlet Knights?
"I love it," said Slowley, who is being recruited by Coach Joe Susan. "The campus and facilities are great. I love the atmosphere. I went to the Louisville game, so that was crazy. They are getting better every year."
Another thing working in RU's favor is Ray Rice.
"He is from the same county as me and this past season in the newspaper they said I ran like him when I scored four touchdowns in the Turkey Bowl," said Slowley. "That put a smile on my face. I love to watch him play and I have been watching him play since high school."
Slowley recently attended the Nike Combine at Brooklyn and will follow that up with visits to the Scout.com Combine, Nike Camp at Rutgers, Blue Chip Combine, and MSL Combine. He will finish off his busy schedule by attending summer camps at Rutgers and Temple, plus the TEST Sports Camp.