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Bucs' Schiano catches up with Glennon

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Published:   |   Updated: April 27, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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It took a while, but Greg Schiano finally got his man.

The head coach of the Buccaneers tried to lure quarterback Mike Glennon to Rutgers five years ago as a highly prized recruit, but Virginia's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2007 spurned the Scarlet Knights, choosing to attend North Carolina State.

On Friday night, they were reunited as Tampa Bay drafted the 6-foot-7 Glennon in the third round, making him only the third quarterback taken off the board through 94 selections.

“I'm actually pretty familiar with Coach Schiano and his staff,” said Glennon, who threw 31 touchdown passes in each of his two years as a starter for the Wolfpack. “They recruited me five years ago, and I think we both kind of kept tabs on each other throughout those five years.”

Despite Schiano's best efforts, Glennon decided to head south to Raleigh, N.C., where his 7,411 passing yards rank 25th in Atlantic Coast Conference history.

“I remember exactly what I said to him and he didn't really like the answer, but I wanted to play in the ACC,” Glennon said. “At the time, I felt N.C. State was the best school for me. It's kind of cool to look back and see I end up being coached by him.”

Glennon boasts a powerful arm, but he had few opportunities to display his skills early in his Wolfpack career.

Until his junior year, Glennon found himself stuck behind starting quarterback Russell Wilson — who led the Seattle Seahawks into the NFL playoffs last season as a dynamic rookie, also selected in the third round.

“I had intentions of going to N.C. State to win some championships and I wasn't able to do that,'' Glennon said. “I sat behind Russell for three years. The competitor in me wanted to be out on the field, but I learned a lot from him and he went on to have tremendous success.''

Glennon said he is eager to meet his new teammates, including No. 1 quarterback Josh Freeman.

“God forbid something happens to Josh, you want to be able to continue with your offensive philosophy,” Schiano said.

Freeman, who set franchise records for passing yards and touchdown passes in 2012, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Bucs must decide whether to let Freeman test the free-agent market next spring as they develop Glennon as an NFL player this fall.

“We feel Mike's got the talent and ability to grow,” said Bucs GM Mark Dominik. “He does a great job of throwing to all three levels. We let the board play out tonight. The board's been good to us. It's been more of a patience draft, and we'll see what Day 3 brings.”

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