Rutgers Hoping New Football Unis Impact Recruiting

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NEW YORK — Can new Nike football uniforms help impact recruiting at Rutgers?

Head coach Kyle Flood and the players believe they can.

“I think it will be easy for recruits to recognize us,” Rutgers senior defensive tackle Scott Vallone told at the SNY studios when the uniforms were unveiled. “It will be a distinct look that incorporates a Scarlet Knight and battle ‘scars.’ I think it will be something that people will be able to identify us with and that will be a very positive thing for recruiting.”

The new uniforms were unveiled for the players Monday at the Hale Center and junior wide receiver Mark Harrison said the players got fired up when they saw them.

“It was so loud in there, I’m still getting my hearing back right now,” Harrison said. “It was exciting.” To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Ends Strong With Recruiting Class; Clemmings, Fonti, Willis Talk Recruiting

The 2010 Rutgers recruiting class is like a bottle of fine wine.

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.

With the additions of 6-foot-6 four-star wide receiver Brandon Coleman of Forestville, Md., and 5-10 four-star safety Rashad Knight of Jacksonville, Fla., the Knights are headed strong to the finish line.

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**Check out the Video Player at right later today for interviews with T.J. Clemmings of Paterson Catholic (Pittsburgh), Chris Fonti of Wayne Hills (Rutgers) and Mike Wills of Rutherford (Princeton). These guys combine to be 19 feet, 6 inches and 880 pounds of offensive and defensive linemen.

**Brooklyn Sal also has an interview with five-star DE Dominique Easley of Curtis High School on Staten Island, a top five national recruit.

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Busy Recruiting Weekend for RU's Schiano; Phillips Named U.S. Army All-American (UPDATED)

Wondering how Rutgers coach Greg Schiano spent his bye week?

Traveling around the Eastern seaboard watching recruits, that’s hows.

Schiano was in Florida Friday night and back in New Jersey Saturday afternoon.

“You have to love high school football,” Schiano told The Associated Press Friday night.

Rutgers (3-1, 0-1 Big East) is off this week and hosts Texas Southern for Homecoming Oct. 10.

On Friday, Schiano took an eight-seat chartered plane to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to watch the top two teams in the nation, No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., against No. 2 Byrnes High of Duncan, S.C. To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers QB Competition Wide Open; Wide Receiver Wynn Picks Scarlet Knights

NEWPORT, R.I. – The man who was the Rutgers quarterback for the past several seasons is now on the roster of the Seattle Seahawks.

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.”

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Football Commit: Quartucci to Rutgers

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano continues to stockpile big boys for his offensive line of the future.

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.” To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers Lands Offensive Lineman; Clemmings Says He Isn't Committed to Pitt

Rutgers’ offensive line is getting bigger by the moment.

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.

“I just think that Rutgers is the best fit for him.” To read more of this story, click here

Football Updates: Fonti to Rutgers; Clemmings NOT Committed to Pitt

Chris Fonti, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle from Wayne (N.J.) Hills High, verbally committed to Rutgers Monday after attending the Rutgers Big Man Academy this past weekend.

“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.

“That was it,” he said. “After working with Coach Flood, that made me want to come. I just liked the way he teaches. He’s very hands on. He knows what to do and he just seemed like a great coach.”

Fonti also cited the proximity of Rutgers to his home in Wayne and the school’s recent academic accolades. He called head coach Greg Schiano Monday to give his commitment. To read more of this story, click here

Simms Leads Jersey to Victory in Classic; Cervino, Johnson Transferring

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Phil Simms’ first victory as a head football coach came in dramatic fashion on the last play of the 12th Annual New Jersey-Northeast All-Star Classic.

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.

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Former Wayne (NJ) DePaul Catholic standout Chaz Cervino is transferring from Syracuse to Hofstra.

“He’s going to transfer,” said Bobby Cervino, Chaz’s dad. “He doesn’t have to sit out because Hofstra is Division I-AA.”

The elder Cervino said new Syracuse coach Doug Marrone told Chaz his role would be limited next season.

“He said the difference between Chaz and Wayne Chrebet or Wes Welker is that you have to catch 70 balls a year in college. You’re not going to be able to catch 70 balls a year here. You can either catch five or six balls or you can go somewhere where you can have a better opportunity,” Bobby said.

Cervino is a 5-10, 183-pound WR who was named first-team All-State in New Jersey in 2007. He passed for 5,617 yards and 61 touchdowns and rushed for 2,162 yards and 30 touchdowns during his career

Also, Cincinnati athlete Tahree McQueen and Boston College QB Chris Johnson both transferred to Delaware State. McQueen played at Paterson Eastside and Johnson at Paterson Kennedy. Delaware State is the alma mater of Kennedy coach Ron Jackson and now has four Paterson kids on its roster (Marquis Spann and Keith Hunt of Kennedy are the others.)

Chris Melvin Talks RU Football – Part 3

Nobody knows more about football recruiting in New Jersey and the Northeast than Chris Melvin of 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.

See Part 2 here and Part 1 here.

Chris Melvin Talks RU Football – Part 2; Rutgers Hires Mariani as Director of Recruiting

Nobody knows more about football recruiting in New Jersey and the Northeast than Chris Melvin of 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.

***See Part 1 of the Melvin interview here.

***To learn more about the New Jersey vs. the Northeast All-Star Classic at Rutgers Stadium that will feature Phil Simms and Joe Theismann as head coaches, read this story.

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