Rutgers Looking Toward St. Peter's Prep Again

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) is fertile recruiting ground, and a talented member of the class of 2012 is tight end Michael Giacone. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end spoke to about his recruitment, his knowledge of Rutgers, whether he has any early favorites and how involved he is in the passing game.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) is a fertile recruiting ground these days, and the prospects run from the 2011 class through the 2013 class.

In the middle of that are a few hot prospects in the 2012 class, including 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end Michael Giacone, who is being recruited by a number of schools, including Rutgers.

"I've got no offers at this point, but I'm getting a lot of looks, a lot of letters," Giacone said. "Schools like Boston College, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Connecticut, a little from West Virginia, are all sending me stuff."

Giacone has been to the Rutgers campus, and took in the Scarlet Knights' game against North Carolina earlier in the season.

"I know a little about Rutgers," Giacone said. "Not a lot, but I'm still in the learning process right now."

The big names on the St. Peter's recruiting scene are five-star running back Savon Huggins, safety Sheldon Royster and offensive tackle and Rutgers commit Keith Lumpkin.

And with Huggins in the backfield and Lumpkin anchoring the offensive line, the Marauders are a run-based team, which allows Giacone to work on the most important aspect of a tight end's game.

"I think I'm pretty balanced (as a player)," Giacone said. "Not to toot my own horn, but I have really good hands. I've been working on my blocking a lot this year. Blocking for a tight end, that's the thing, and catching the ball is just the cherry on top."

With junior dual-threat quarterback Brandon Napoleon, who holds a verbal offer from North Carolina and is being recruited by a number of other schools, including Rutgers, the passing game could develop much more next season.

And that would allow Giacone to further showcase his skills.

"We're a run-oriented team, but when we do (pass), I'm in the equation," Giacone said. "With Brandon getting more experience, it think we're going to be a very powerful offense next season."

Giacone said he will focus more on recruiting after the season is over, and remains open to everyone.

"I never had a favorite program, but I always liked the Big East schools, the Big Ten schools," Giacone said. "I would say I know those more in general. I always liked Notre Dame. It's one of those teams that no matter how they're doing, you're always following them.

"I would have to say my top two right now are probably Boston College and Wisconsin. For Boston College, it's a great school academically, it's a strong football program and it has a great reputation.

"As far as Wisconsin goes, I love that they use the tight end a lot. I love the whole atmosphere there. I heard it's unbelievable."

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