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Tight End Jake Malaney Talks About Committment to Rutgers

Jireh Prep tight end Jake Malaney from Carmichael, California committed to Rutgers as a preferred walk on.

“I am super blessed to be able to continue my education and football career at a prestigious school like RU. It’s going to be a different environment than Carmichael but I am excited to start a new chapter of my life.”

The 6’5, 205-pound tight end played a prep year at Jireh Prep in Matthews, North Carolina after playing his first four years at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California.

“Jireh Prep gave me a second opportunity to play the game I love while bettering myself on and off the field. It was a great experience to be away from home and to play for the legendary Coach Williams. The prep school route is a great opportunity for athletes and it’s starting to become very popular,” Malaney said.

Malaney was also being recruited by Wagner, San Diego, University of San Diego, and UNC Charlotte. But Rutgers gave him an opportunity he couldn’t refuse.

“I think that Rutgers was a great fit because the coaching staff and my 2019 recruiting class just felt like family. The coaches truly care about developing each and every player to becoming a better man, student, and football player. Football doesn’t last forever and the coaches value that. Also Rutgers has a ton of potential to make a run at a Big 10 championship and I want to be apart of that and to play for a Rose Bowl one day.” Malaney said when asked why Rutgers was the right fit.

Rutgers lost two senior tight ends after last year. For the upcoming season they have 4 tight ends returning. Matt Alaimo from UCLA and Kyle Penniston from Wisconsin also transferred Rutgers. Including Malaney, Rutgers will have 7 tight ends on the roster but for him that is not a problem at all.

“I want to contribute anyway I can next season if that means playing immediately or redshirting I’ll do whatever is best for the program.”

While at Jesuit, Malaney played wide receiver. Going to Jireh Prep helped him transition from wide receiver to tight end.

“The year of prep helped me immensely because it put me up against college competition and showed me what my strengths and weaknesses were on the field. Jireh prep also gave me an opportunity to change my position from wide receiver to tight end and that is what got me recruited by Rutgers.” Malaney said when asked how the prep school helped him get to the next level.

Although Malaney is a role model to younger kids ear the Carmichael area, he does not consider himself one.

“As for being a role model I don’t consider myself one, I just consider myself as someone who never gave up on my football dream.”

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