Einstein’s Joel Rufino receiving interest from Toledo, East Carolina, Stony Brook, Nevada

September 26, 2013

Einstein defensive end Joel Rufino’s recruitment is beginning to heat up.

After receiving his first offer from Toledo, Rufino is starting to receive more interest from both Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision teams.

Rufino will visit Stony Brook, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, after Einstein faces Paint Branch on Oct. 4.

The Einstein senior said Stony Brook is close to becoming his second offer but that the Seawolves’ coaching staff wants him to visit first.

Other schools that have been interested in Rufino for some time are East Carolina, Towson, Old Dominion, Appalachian State and James Madison.

Rufino is reciprocating interest in Toledo and East Carolina, according to Einstein Coach Jermaine Howell.

“Those guys are pretty hot on him right now,” Howell said. “We’re getting stuff almost daily on him.”

Howell added Nevada called about Rufino within the past week. Maryland is also a school that’s monitoring him.

Though Rufino is a high school defensive end, the 6-4, 210-pounder is projected to play outside linebacker at the next level.

Einstein is 1-1 heading into Friday’s game against Northwood. Though the Titans recaptured some momentum with a 48-35 win over Rockville last week, Rufino referred to the season-opening 49-22 loss to Damascus “embarrassing.” He added the defense has potential to improve as the season moves along, beginning with the Northwood game.

“Everyone has to do their job and give it a 110 percent,” Rufino said. “Some people, they get too confused and overthink things and then they mess up. I just think we need to focus on what we do and we should be successful.”

Richard Montgomery’s Duffy asserting himself

Richard Montgomery’s Liam Duffy is establishing himself as one of the better running in Montgomery County early this season.

Rather quietly, Duffy has recorded 372 rushing yards on 55 carries through the Rockets’ first three games. Last Friday, Duffy ran for 80 yards against Johnson in a 31-16 win.

Duffy, a senior, leads all rushers in the Montgomery County 4A South region. Whitman’s Zac Morton is second in the region with 344 yards.

Duffy’s 372 yards is second best in all of Montgomery County and ranks 33rd in the area.

The Rockets host Sherwood on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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