Rutgers Announces Hafley

The news broke Friday night, and Saturday Rutgers made it official by announcing former Pittsburgh assistant coach Jeff Hafley was now a member of the Scarlet Knights staff in a yet-to-be determined capacity. Hafley is a strong recruiter and New Jersey native, and gives the Scarlet Knights a chance to lock down the state like never before.

The details of where Jeff Hafley fits onto the coaching staff still need to be released, but Saturday morning Rutgers officially announced the ace recruiter, who has made a living getting some of New Jersey's top talent to Pittsburgh, is now on coach Greg Schiano's staff.

Hafley was hired Friday, and comes to the Scarlet Knights after spending the last five years at Pittsburgh.

"Jeff is a great addition to our program", Schiano said in a statement. "He is a Jersey guy who knows what we are all about. We welcome Jeff and his wife Gina to our family."

Hafley is best known as a top recruiter, and has built strong relations with some of the top programs in New Jersey, including Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) Among the class of 2011 recruits to verbal to Pittsburgh before coach Dave Wannstedt resigned under pressure was Don Bosco quarterback Gary Nova. It expected that Hafley's hiring will give Rutgers a chance to swing Nova.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to work with a great group of coaches and student-athletes in my home state," Hafley said. "Words can't describe my excitement level to return home, and start coaching ‘On the Banks'."

Hafley is from Montvale, N.J. It has not yet been announced which position he will coach as Schiano restructures his staff.

However, Hafley brings coaching versatility to the equation.

Hafley, 31, played receiver at Siena, and coached running backs, special teams and kickers at Worcester Polytecnhic Institute. As a graduate assistant at Albany, he coached defensive tackles and outside linebackers before serving as a defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator for two years.

At Pittsburgh, Hafley coached the defensive backs.

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