Rutgers Football Recruiting Rutgers Football
It gets better with time.
The Scarlet Knights over the last two days landed two four-star recruits and two three-star prospects to a class that currently stands at 24 players heading into Wednesday's National Signing Day.
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Traveling around the Eastern seaboard watching recruits, that's hows.
Schiano was in Florida Friday night and?back in?New Jersey Saturday afternoon.
With Mike Teel now playing on Sundays, there is a new era in Piscataway and the quarterback competition for the 2009 season is wide open.
?It doesn?t make the fans comfortable sometimes because everybody?s concern is, ?Oh, well we don?t have a quarterback.? We have plenty of quarterbacks; it?s just a matter of who?s going to be the starter on opening day [Sept. 7 against Cincinnati],? Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said at Big East Football Media Day. ?I think the beauty of college football is that you?re constantly introducing new personalities to it.?
Frank Quartucci, 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive guard from Hamilton West High School, committed on Monday. He reportedly chose the Scarlet Knights over interest from Penn State, Maryland, UConn and Buffalo.
"They liked my style and they're excited about the new offensive line that's coming in," Quartucci told The Star-Ledger. "They told me that I could be a contributing factor to that. Coach Schiano has had many job offers from big-time schools and he believes that he can win a national championship here. And honestly, so do I."
Jorge Vicioso, 6-foot-6, 300 pound offensive lineman from Passaic (N.J.) High School, has verbally committed to Rutgers and will enroll in 2010
"That place is the perfect fit for him," Passaic coach Billy Curry said. "The thing about Rutgers is, they're going to take care of him academically. They're going to give him the academic support that he needs. He's a first generation football player. Nobody in his family every played football. I wanted Jorge to go somewhere where his mom and his brother can come down and see him.
"Yes, I did," Fonti said by phone. "I'm just happy to be a Scarlet Knight."
Fonti, who also had offers from East Carolina, Louisville and Florida International,? said he decided after working out this weekend with Rutgers offensive line coach Kyle Flood.
The game featured many of the top high school seniors from New Jersey against their counterparts from seven other states. Players committed to six of the Big East?s eight football programs participated, including seven headed to compete for Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano.
With the game tied at 7-7 and the Northeast driving for a potential game-winning score in the final seconds, Notre Dame-bound linebacker Carlo Calabrese picked off a pass intended for Rhode Island commit Ali Muhammad. Muhammad tipped the ball and Calabrese grabbed it out of the air, before alertly tossing it to teammate Josh Evans, an exciting 6-foot-2, 185-pound free safety headed to Florida.
Nobody knows more about football recruiting in New Jersey and the Northeast than Chris Melvin of EliteRecruits.com. Check out the third of a three-part interview with Chris in which he breaks down the 23-man recruiting class Rutgers inked last Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Nobody knows more about football recruiting in New Jersey and the Northeast than Chris Melvin of EliteRecruits.com. Check out the second of a three-part interview with Chris in which he breaks down the 23-man recruiting class Rutgers inked last Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Nobody knows more about football recruiting in New Jersey and the Northeast than Chris Melvin of EliteRecruits.com. Check out the first of a three-part interview with Chris in which he breaks down the 23-man recruiting class Rutgers inked last Wednesday on National Signing Day.
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NEW YORK -- Malcolm Bush wanted to be part of a special recruiting class and a special period in the history of Rutgers football.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Bush, a tight end out of Hackensack (N.J.) High School, ultimately reaffirmed his decision to play for Rutgers after an exit interview Sunday with head coach Greg Schiano.
Click above for our latest Signing Day interview with Hackensack (NJ) middle linebacker Junior Solice, who decommitted from Rhode Island to choose Rutgers.
KA'LIAL GLAUD A 'HUGE' GETJust got off the phone with recruiting analyst Chris Melvin and he couldn't stop raving about Ka'Lial Glaud, a 6-2, 217-pound outside linebacker from Atco (NJ) Winslow Township who committed to Rutgers Wednesday after literally flipping a coin at his press conference to decide between Rutgers and West Virginia.
Hackensack head coach Mike Miello said Monday that Bush will choose from among "Rutgers, Syracuse and Pitt."
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