Punter and DE Both Commit to Rutgers

A weekend in which Rutgers hosted nearly 20 high schools seniors paid dividends Sunday morning when a punter/kickoff specialist and a defensive end both committed to the Scarlet Knights. ScarletReport.com spoke to both players, and has the information inside.

Rutgers needed a punter, and Sunday landed one. The Scarlet Knights also got a defensive end. St. John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.) punter Anthony DiPaula gave a non-binding oral commitment to play for the Scarlet Knights during a Sunday meeting with coach Greg Schiano.

Myles Jackson, a defensive end from Henderson High (West Chester, Pa.) also gave the Scarlet Knights a non-binding oral commitments.

"I did commit," Jackson said. "I'm at a football banquet, so I will call you later."

Jackson will play the "R" position for Rutgers, which is what Rutgers calls the hybrid position in which a defensive end also drops back into coverage.

DiPaula gives the Scarlet Knights a possible replacement for outgoing senior Teddy Dellaganna. He added he will enroll in January and begin competing for immediate playing time.

"I'm going there to punt and to kickoff," DiPaula said after an official visit this weekend. "I'm going to go in and compete for playing time right away."

DiPaula received his offer during his meeting with Schiano.

"I went on an official visit and talked to (special teams) coach (Robb) Smith all weekend, and I went into coach Schiano's office on Sunday morning and he offered me, and I committed."

There really was very little thought DiPaula needed to give before making his decision.

"There's other place I'd rather be," DiPaula said. "I like the people, it's close to home. All that stuff. I got there Friday, took a tour of the campus and everything, and we hung out with the students at night. Saturday, we toured the campus and went to (New York City) and went bowling. And Sunday we ate breakfast."

DiPaula, who was hosted by Rutgers backup kicker and punter Kyle Sullivan, averaged 43.2 yards per punt. He also had 93 percent of his kickoffs reach the end zone for touchbacks, and was 10 of 12 on field goals, with a long of 46 yards.

Ironically, DiPaula got the offer despite what he termed a very bad day punting during Rutgers' camp for specialists in the summer.

"I did not do well punting," he said. "I won the field goal competition, though."


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