NY DT Mokwuah Talks Rutgers Visit, Offer

St. Joseph By the Sea (Staten Island, N.Y.) defensive tackle Pete Mokwuah received a Rutgers offer last week during an unofficial visit to campus. With two offers and close to more, Mokwuah broke down his Rutgers visit and the latest in his recruitment.

Defensive tackle Pete Mokuah felt very comfortable when meeting with Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and spending time on campus last week. A junior at St. Joseph By the Sea (Staten Island, N.Y.), Mokwuah had no issues relating to the former St. Francis Prep coach and player.

"The meeting was nice because he's a Catholic school guy," Mokwuah said. "He basically played and coached in the league that I play in now. We talked about that a lot. We got along very well."

The 310-pound defensive tackle prospect came to Rutgers with regional interest and a Massachusetts offer. He left as a Big Ten prospect with a verbal scholarship offer from Flood.

Mokwuah spent time with Flood and defensive line coach Jim Panagos and both communicated their interest in bringing him in as a versatile interior option on the Rutgers defense.

"They like the way I carry myself," Mokwuah said. "They're impressed with my size. They like that I have a unique way of getting to the ball. It's not a bull rush every play. I can be patient and find other ways to get there. Coach Panagos told me I'm the kind of defensive lineman that he wants to coach. I'm a defensive lineman that loves football. I'm not lazy."

Mokwuah spent last Saturday watching a Rutgers scrimmage with his head coach and said he was impressed by the defensive line.

"What stood out was their organization and how they got after it as far as defense and hitting," he said. "I saw some unique things. Right after practice they brought out a bunch of bands and started stretching. I hadn't seen that before."

Away from Rutgers and Massachusetts, Temple is close to offering and Mokwuah has a second visit to Penn State in his sights. After visiting for a junior day last month, he plans to return for the Blue and White game.

"I think it's a nice place," he said. "I haven't gotten the full feel of it, so I want to go back."

Mokwuah is not close to a decision, but said that when the time comes, academics and conference prestige are key.

"The most important factor, I'd say it would be what conference they play in," Mohwuah said. "Their location is important and their majors. I want to major in something I like and get a good education. I've narrowed it down to three fields – physical therapy, nutrition or criminal justice."

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