The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Tsimis was blown away by Rutgers being the first to contact him after he injured his knee at a Nike event two weeks ago, and it stuck with him.
"I always liked them, but I was trying to look at all the other schools also," Tsimis said. "After the knee injury …they were the first people to call me and they said they still wanted me, and that definitely meant a lot. I like Rutgers a lot and I can't wait."
Tsimis had offers from the Scarlet Knights, East Carolina, Temple, Harvard, Pennsylvania and Princeton, but always felt a connection to Rutgers. He also knows plenty about the receiver tradition in Piscataway, N.J.
"They definitely have a tradition receivers like Kenny Britt and Mohamed Sanu, so I'm looking to continue that," Tsimis said. "I like the coaches a lot, they're a great team, and they have a chance to win a national championship. It's also a very good school. It definitely means a lot (to stay close to home) and be in-state."
Tsimis injured his knee while running a route during the May 12 combine in Maryland, and after digesting the information spoke with his parents about committing to Rutgers.
He called coach Kyle Flood an hour ago and gave his pledge.
"He was really excited for me," Tsimis said, "and excited to have me and looking to win a national championship."
Tsimis was the second player to commit to Rutgers on Friday, joining Wicomico High (Salisbury, Md.) running back Dontea Ayres.
He was coming off a junior season in which he caught 50 passes for 754 yards and 11 touchdowns, but that will also be the final season of his prep career. Tsimis is set to have surgery in three weeks and will miss the 2012 season.
"It's definitely disappointing and I didn't want it to work out this way," he said. "I just have to work out every day and come back even better so I'm ready when it comes to the spring time and college football.
"I'm going to take this the same way I play sports, and that is try to work my hardest every day so I can get back as soon as possible."