Coming off an offensive line MVP at The Opening N.J. Regional, 6-6, 295-pound Samuel Vretman has found his collegiate home.
“I had this showcase last Tuesday where coach (A.J.) Blazek and coach (Vince) Okruch came up and talked to me,” Vretman told NJ.com. “And right there they asked me what do we have to do for you to join the family and commit. And I talked to them a little bit. And everything felt really good with them, Rutgers the whole thing. So I talked to my parents about it, I talked to my head coach, and I called coach Blazek up (on Friday) and said I wanted to commit.”
The Cheshire (Conn.) Academy standout could make an early impact on the banks if things fall into place.
“Coach Blazek said depending on how well-prepared you are physically and how good you do your senior year and what the situation is with their depth chart on the offensive line, he said I could probably get some reps freshman year if they don’t decide to red-shirt me,” he said.
During Vretman’s standout performance at The Opening N.J. Regional, where he earned offensive line MVP over a stack field including five-star Poly Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.) offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, it was his feet that helped separate him from the pack. And those feet are art of the reason Rutgers prioritized the talented technician.
“(Blazek) really likes my feet,” said Vretman. “Mentally, I’m tough. I like to compete and he likes me overall. And he really likes that I’m gonna play tackle. Like, I’m a good tackle with measurables. I’ve got the height, got the arms, got the body, got the frame to put on weight.”
Vretman, who received an additional offer from Old Dominion, and recruiting attention from Pitt since his Opening MVP, is officially shutting down the recruiting process.
“Senior year, I’m definitely gonna do an official visit to Rutgers and that will probably be it because I promised myself that I wanted to decide before senior year so I could focus on football and football only,” he said. “And school, as well.”
Vretman will spend his entire summer in Sweden, where his family currently resides, but hopes to visit the banks before then.
“There is (a camp on) June fourth, but I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to make it down,” he said. “But I wanna get a chance to get down there before I leave (on June 10th).”
Vretman moved to the United States in 2014, going into his junior year, relocating to Idaho.
And he spent one year at Rocky Mountain high school (Meridian, Idaho) before transferring to Cheshire (Conn.) Academy in 2015 and re-classifying as a class of 2017 recruit.
Vretman was extended his Rutgers offer a couple days after junior day, which he attended with teammates.
And Rutgers has led the way ever since.
Vretman claims a 3.2 grade point average and plans to major in business when he arrives at Rutgers next summer.
He is the distant cousin of Kenneth Kennholt, who won four Swedish championships during his professional career. He was also drafted in 12th round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, by the Calgary Flames.