In-Depth Comments: Arcidiacono Picks Rutgers

WARMINSTER, Pa. — The Rutgers connection at Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) grew one stronger when tight end Nick Arcidiacono announced his verbal commitment. The second member of his family headed to Rutgers, Arcidiacono went in-depth with about his decision to join brother Brandon Arcidiacono in Piscataway.

WARMINSTER, Pa. — Rutgers is in desperate need of tight end depth in the class of 2013 and picked up a good one today when three-star Archbishop Wood prospect Nick Arcidiacono announced his college choice.

Shortly after receiving a verbal offer at the Big Man Academy, Arcidiacono announced his commitment to Rutgers in front of friends, teammates and family at his high school.

"I love the coaching staff there," Arcidiacono said of his decision. "It really is a family and that's more than just the obvious [fact] my brother's there. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to play with him again. Rutgers is so close and I'm all about my family. I want them to be able to come see me play. I didn't need any other reasons."

Arcidiacono plays multiple positions for Wood, where he worked primarily as a linebacker and guard last season. At camps during the spring and summer, he also played defensive line and tight end.

At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Arcidiacono was recruited to play tight end for the Scarlet Knights after working out for position coach Darnell Dinkins at camp.

"That was cool to work with coach Dinkins," he said. "He really knows what he's talking about and it seemed like I impressed him. He was awesome and just earning an offer out of there was a great feeling. Rutgers was where I wanted to go."

Though inexperienced as a tight end, Arcidiacono has the size and athleticism required to grow into the position.

"I'm pretty confident," he said. "We're doing football stuff now and I'm feeling good there. I played some tight end sophomore year when we ran double-tight last year with [Florida incoming freshman Colin Thompson]. I have a little bit of experience. I'm confident as a tight end and I'm excited to play."

Arcidiacono joins his older brother Brandon Arcidiacono as a Scarlet Knight. Brandon Arcidiacono is set to arrive on campus this weekend, where he begins his career as a center.

While watching what Brandon Arcidiacono went through during the Rutgers coaching change, Nick Arcidiacono said he realized Rutgers was where he wanted to be.

Seeing the way the remaining staff and then interim head coach Kyle Flood handled Greg Schiano's departure less than a week before National Signing Day was huge, he said.

"That was a crazy time, but I was really impressed by the way Coach Flood handled it," he said. "From what I'm hearing, he's doing a great job over there and all of the players love him. I'm excited and Brandon is too."

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