Villanova's Ben Ijalana named to Outland Trophy Watch list

Posted: June 22, 2010

Ben Ijalana, a senior offensive tackle at Villanova, is the only Football Championship Subdivision player named to the 2010 Outland Trophy Watch list.

The trophy is given annually to the nation's top interior lineman.

Penn State senior guard Stefen Wisniewski and Temple senior defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson are also among the 63 players announced to the list Monday.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Ijalana earned spots on both the Sports Network and Walter Camp all-American teams last season. The Rancocas Valley High School product is also a two-time first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association selection.

- Keith Pompey

Rutgers recruits. Rutgers has received its second football commitment from an area player in the last four days. On Monday, Willingboro senior-to-be defensive end Kyle George made an oral commitment to Rutgers, joining Downingtown East tight end Tyler Kroft, who had committed on Friday.

"Rutgers is a great fit for me, it's close to home and I thought I really connected with them," George said. "I had other offers, but Rutgers is really the only school I considered."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound George also plays tight end, but he was recruited to play defense, according to Willingboro coach Reggie Lawrence.

"He is so quick off the ball," Lawrence said.

- Marc Narducci

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