What Impressed North Bergen LB At Junior Day?

Among the throngs of players to attend Rutgers' junior day on Saturday was North Bergen (N.J.) High linebacker Vin Ascolese. He was able to speak with members of the coaching staff and learn what must take for him to receive an offer. Ascolese, who is getting recruited by Oklahoma, Georgia, Penn State and many others, spoke to ScarletReport.com about his situation.

While recruiting for the 2011 class is fervent, Rutgers' official starting point for the 2012 class came during Saturday's junior day.

And it was then a number of prospects learned once they get tape to the Scarlet Knights, there is a very good chance an offer will follow.

Count North Bergen (N.J.) High linebacker Vin Ascolese among those.

He took in Junior Day at Rutgers, and is getting interest from Oklahoma, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State and Boston College, but he is yet to get an offer.

"I don't think I have any offers because I didn't put any film out yet," Ascolese said. "I should be hearing back from them in a little while. They all asked for film."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Ascolese had been to Rutgers' campus before, but he never experienced anything like junior day.

"I thought it was a pretty good experience," he said. "The coaching staff and the athletic facilities stood out. I've been there but never really looked around before. I think what I got out of it is that they're really trying to build the program around the talent that was there (at junior day)."

So, what stood out the most during his trip to Rutgers?

"I think they're coaching staff. Coach (Greg) Schiano impressed me the most," he said. "He's hard-nosed, and his will to win. He's a passionate guy. The coaching staff, the whole coaching staff, was really more impressive than anything else."

As a junior, Ascolese made 90 tackles, had five sacks, forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass.

He was invited to Georgia's junior day, but likely won't make the trip down because of the expense of it.

Ascolese, whose grandfather is legendary North Bergen coach Vince Ascolese, said he hasn't given much thought to where he wants to play his college football.

"Whatever schools offer me, that's probably where I'll visit," he said. "Wherever I fit in, and we're I'm loved and were I'm liked is where I'll go.

"I just love the game. I like watching every team. I grew up with North Bergen, and our town is all about football. It's a big deal to play for North Bergen."


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