Campanile Brings Strong Ties to Recruiting

Anthony Campanile was elevated to full-time assistant at Rutgers, and that means he will have full access to recruit the northern New Jersey schools he already knows so well.

One of the things that made Anthony Campanile attractive as a full-time assistant coach was his strong connection to the high schools in northern New Jersey, particularly the Catholic schools.

Campanile prepped in north Jersey before he walked-on at Rutgers, and he was the offensive coordinator at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) prior to joining Rutgers as an offensive assistant last spring.

Also, his brother, Nunzio Campanile, is the head coach at north Jersey power and talent-rich Bergen Catholic High in Oradell, N.J.

"I have developed a good relationship with him from seeing and being around him," four-star Bergen Catholic tight end/defensive end Garrett Dickerson said. "Knowing he is there will make me feel more at home."

Campanile actually hit the recruiting road last month when coach Kyle Flood added him to the staff. Rutgers had a vacant recruiting spot when offensive coordinator Dave Brock left to coach Delaware, so Campanile helped fill the void.

He will coach receivers and tight ends at Rutgers, and his primary recruiting ground will be north Jersey.

Campanile's father also coached at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High, which is now one of the top programs in the state under coach Chris Partridge.

"I have known Anthony since I was 14 years old," Partridge said. "Ever since I have known him, football and his family were always the most important things to him. He will be a tireless worker and dedicated to the game and his team. It's a great hire for them and I am proud of him for being able to do what he truly loves.

"Plus, he has a little Black and Gold in his blood so that makes it a little better."

One of the first verbal offers Campanile extended after officially being added to the staff full-time earlier this week was to Paramus Catholic offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty.

"I know he's good friends with coach partridge but I don't know much about him besides that," said Bushell-Beatty, who was thrilled with his offer. "I'm just glad to have been offered by my state school. I've been waiting a bit (for it)."

Campanile also has a strong relationship with former Don Bosco player Kevin Wilkins, who holds a Rutgers offer is now at St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High.

"It's awesome. He's a great coach," said Wilkins, a two-way lineman. "He wasn't easy when I played for him at Bosco, but I learned he loves kids that work hard. You can have all the talent in the word but if you don't work hard, he'll take the kid that will give him 100 percent every day. I'm happy for him. He's a great guy and a friend."

While Campanile is best known for his time at Don Bosco and with his connections to the Catholic schools, he will also recruit the public schools and already has a strong reputation there as well.

"I'm happy," said Ramapo (N.J.) High defensive end Jimmy Hogan, who holds an offer. "He's a great coach and he coaches tight ends. That is a position I have played in my past."

Dwight Morrow High (Englewood, N.J.) receiver/cornerback Juwann Winfree, who has a Rutgers offer, is eager to learn and interact with Campanile.

"Coming from a dominant school like Bosco, it will be good for Rutgers," Winfree said. "He'll be able to pick out the studs as he did at Bosco."

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