Recruiting Coup: Hafley Joins Rutgers Staff

National signing day is still more than six weeks away, but Rutgers coach Greg Schiano snared one of the top recruits out there ...and he got a signature, to boot. Former Pittsburgh assistant Jeff Hafley has joined the Scarlet Knights staff. Hafley is one of the top recruiters in the Big East, and regularly pulled players from New Jersey to Pittsburgh.

The bane of some of Rutgers' recruiting frustrations in New Jersey is now a Scarlet Knight. In a huge move which could help the Scarlet Knights lock down New Jersey recruiting, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano hired former Pittsburgh assistant coach Jeff Hafley.

Hafley, 31, spent the last five seasons with the Panthers, and had tremendous success recruiting in the Garden State, including establishing a strong relationship with national power Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.).

He coached defensive backs at Pittsburgh for the last three years. When Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt resigned under pressure earlier this month, the chance for Rutgers to move on Hafley gained steam. His coaching duties at Rutgers are yet-to-be determined, but he will be out recruiting and is expected to be on the field.

The hiring of Hafley means at least one member of Schiano's staff is leaving, although an announcement on that may take a few more days.

Hafley's move to Rutgers is a homecoming. He is from Montvale, N.J., and played at Siena College. He graduated from Siena cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history, and earned his master's degree while coaching at Albany in 2002-03.

In the 2011 recruiting class, Pittsburgh has commitments from Don Bosco quarterback Gary Nova, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Marquise Wright, Winslow High (Atco, N.J.) receiver Bill Belton, Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) linebacker Quinton Alston and Woodbridge (N.J.) High defensive end Max Issaka.

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