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Film Breakdown: Bergen Catholic edge rusher Anthony Morales brings potential to Rutgers football

On Wednesday, Rutgers football added Preferred Walk-On (PWO) Anthony Morales to their 2024 roster. Morales recorded a career-high in total tackles (41), tackles for loss (16.5), and sacks (6.5) for the Bergen Catholic Crusaders last season.

In three seasons with Bergen Catholic, Morales has logged 91 total tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks in 35 games. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end received offers from Marist and Wagner, electing to join the Scarlet Knights.

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Morales is a hard worker who has a relentless motor. He has excellent ball instincts, which can lead to multiple forced turnovers for the Scarlet Knights in the upcoming years.

The future Scarlet Knight has excellent discipline when playing run defense. As the edge rusher, he maintains outside leverage, making it difficult for offensive tackles to reach him because of his strong technique. He can beat opposing linemen with his quickness and strength.

Athleticism Stats are according to Hudl.com

Bench Press (lb)

185lb Bench Press (Reps)

Squats (lb)

325

18

485

Morales offers multiple pass-rush moves, beating linemen with violent hands. Also, Morales has athletic footwork, making him have excellent lateral quickness. He should continue to build his speed to add another pass-rush move on the Power Five level.

The Oradell, New Jersey native is a four-down player who can grow into a contributor on the Rutgers defense.

 

 

Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire