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PJ freshman QB Abramson offered Rutgers scholarship

By PETER STEIN

pstein@njherald.com

Apr 03, 2013

Sonny Abramson is still only a Pope John freshman. But Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood has already seen enough.

Abramson, a first-year starting quarterback for the Lions last season, was verbally offered a full scholarship by Flood on Tuesday to play football for the Scarlet Knights.

2016 is a long way off. But Abramson now knows for certain that he will be a Division I quarterback by then, whether it's for Rutgers or another D-I school.

"I'm very excited about it," said Abramson, who passed for 2,109 yards and 20 touchdowns in his freshman high school season.

Abramson, who is 6-feet, 21/2 inches and 212 pounds, is drawing interest because of his tremendous upside, his potential.

"They don't want to recruit a kid whose best days are in high school," Pope John head coach Brian Carlson said. "They want to recruit a kid whose best days are going to be in college."

Abramson, who lives in Chester, was on Rutgers' radar since his grammar school days, according to Carlson. And after Flood and his staff recently saw film of Abramson, they invited him to the campus and made him an offer.

"We got to Rutgers," Abramson said, "and Coach Flood called us into his office and started talking to me and my dad about what Rutgers stood for and what they were looking for in the kids they wanted to come there. So, about the middle of the conversation, he just came out and told me that he wanted me to know that I had a scholarship there."

When reached by telephone on Wednesday, Flood said he wasn't allowed to speak about Abramson. "That's the way the recruiting rules work," Flood said. "Until they sign with us, we're not allowed to comment on them in any way, shape or form.

"What I can tell you," Flood added, "is that I think Brian's done an excellent job up there at Pope John. I think he's building a very strong program. I certainly know that their goal is to compete on a state-wide level."

Abramson is the third Pope John underclassman to get an offer from Rutgers, following juniors Noah Brown and Ryan Izzo, who have other Division I offers as well.

For Abramson, there is plenty of time to perfect his skills at the high school level and cut down on the 14 interceptions he threw last season.

"That's one of the best things about the quarterback position," Abramson said. "You always need to get better and you always need to be working."

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